William J. Dreyer has been practicing law for over 40 years. His primary areas of practice are criminal and civil litigation.
Courts Admitted to Practice
He is admitted to practice before all New York State courts:
- United States District Court for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
- District of Vermont;
- District of Connecticut
- United States Court of Military Appeals
- United States Tax Court
- Second Circuit Court of Appeals
- and the United States Supreme Court.
Education & Military Service
Mr. Dreyer is a graduate of Bowdoin College (1966) and New York Law School (1969). After graduation from law school, Mr. Dreyer served as a Captain, JAGC, in the United States Army and in 1974 became an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York and served as Chief Assistant from 1976 to 1980.
Legal Honors & Experience
He has been in private practice since 1980. Mr. Dreyer is widely considered by his peers as an authority in the area of federal practice and trials. He is listed in the first and all subsequent editions of The Best Lawyers in America and has received the highest possible peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell.
He is a past winner of the Judge Duane Award issued by the Northern District of New York Federal Bar Association as well as the Lifetime Advocate Award given by the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.
Associations & Memberships
Mr. Dreyer is a member of the Northern District of New York Federal Bar Association (and past President); Albany County Bar Association; New York State Bar Association (Executive Committee, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section); and Federal Bar Council.
He is a charter member of Albany Law School American Inns of Court; and has served on various merit selection panels for the appointment of United States magistrates and bankruptcy judges.
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
Mr. Dreyer is a frequent lecturer at seminars and CLE programs for the New York State Bar Association and other organizations in the area of federal and state civil and criminal practice, and ethics and civility. In 2006, he was invited by the American Bar Association to address the Judiciary of Thailand in Bangkok on Public Corruption and White Collar Prosecutions in the United States.