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William F. Weld
Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld provides clients with advice and counsel related to domestic and international government strategies, international business transactions, cross-border investments, and international capital flows.
Before joining Mintz Levin and ML Strategies, Bill practiced law in the New York and Washington, DC offices of a large international law firm, where he established an extensive international consulting business in mining, energy, and technology.
Bill was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 1990 and reelected in 1994 with 71% of the vote. During his terms, he succeeded in reducing taxes and unemployment. His pro-business policies are widely considered to have made a positive impact on the state.
As Governor, Bill led sixteen official trade missions to Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. He also served as national co-chair of the Privatization Council, which pioneered public-private partnerships, particularly in the area of infrastructure.
Bill has substantial experience in the energy and mining industries, particularly with respect to exploration and production in emerging markets. As Governor, he deregulated the electric industry, setting a model for other US states to introduce competition and market mechanisms. He mandated the use of natural gas as fuel for government bus fleets, and was an early proponent of the development of hybrid electric vehicles.
Bill served as Assistant US Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division of the Justice Department in Washington, and as US Attorney for Massachusetts, earning national recognition for his work fighting public corruption and white-collar crime. He also spent a dozen years practicing as a securities and anti-trust litigator. Earlier, Bill served as a staff member in both the US House of Representatives, where he participated in the Watergate impeachment inquiry, and the US Senate.
Bill is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and Washington, DC, and served by appointment of the President on the US Holocaust Memorial Council.
Bill also serves as an associate member of the InterAction Council, a working society of former heads of state which convenes annually to consider and report on issues of global concern such as water, food, energy, religious sectarianism, and nuclear non-proliferation. The Council met most recently in Bahrain in May, 2013.