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William E. "Bill" Doran

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Bill is a partner in Benesch's Corporate & Securities Practice Group. Bill specializes in mergers and acquisitions, general corporate and commercial transactions, private equity, and debt and equity finance. Bill has been involved with the founding and growth of new ventures, has taken companies public, and has bought, sold, financed and combined numerous others along the way. Bill’s transactions have also included cross border elements. His diverse industry experience includes advertising and digital media, wealth management and financial services, technology consulting, business services, direct marketing, manufacturing, distribution, food, health care services, medical devices, retail and transportation.

Bill is a seasoned deal attorney, who for over twenty five years has helped many clients successfully complete a variety of public and private transactions and successfully navigate a variety of business and legal challenges.

Bill regularly provides responsive, thoughtful and effective legal and business advice to the leaders of the Business enterprises in a wide range of sizes and industries, often acting as the client's principal legal counsel.


    • University of Wisconsin Law School, 1988, J.D.
      • cum laude
      • Member and Associate Articles Editor, Wisconsin Law Review
      • Order of the Coif
    • Ripon College, 1985, B.A., Economics and History
      • cum laude

    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • American Bar Association

    • Member, ABA Negotiated Acquisitions Subcommittee
    • Member, Association for Corporate Growth