April 9, 1960 ~ December 3, 2007
Mitchell Williams is saddened by the sudden passing of our valued colleague and friend, Bill Bingham.
A former Deputy Commissioner for Regulatory Matters in the Life, Health, and Licensing Program of the Texas Department of Insurance, Bill joined Mitchell Williams in March as Counsel in the firm's new Austin office. Although his time with the firm was brief, Bill's passion for the law and unwavering dedication to his clients was known by all who knew him. His inviting smile will truly be missed.
Bill brought 21 years of legal experience to the firm, representing clients on insurance-related corporate and regulatory issues before state legislatures and regulatory agencies, as well as extensive litigation experience. Serving as Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Insurance for five years before joining Mitchell Williams, he worked as a staff attorney for the program from 1998 - 2002. Prior to that, he was a practitioner for three years in Austin litigating personal and business torts, consumer protection and civil rights matters.
In 1994, Bill served as staff attorney in the Office of Public Insurance Counsel where he represented the agency in, among other matters, the development of the Texas Automobile Insurance Plan Association Plan of Operation. Bill served on the Texas Attorney General's HIPAA Preemption Analysis Task Force in 2004 and between 1994 and 1997, he was an instructor in civil litigation in the University of Texas Legal Assistant Program and visiting instructor in advanced civil litigation for the University's law school.
The consummate professional, Bill always found time to serve important roles in the community in addition to establishing himself as one of the leading regulatory lawyers in Texas. He was a volunteer reader for the Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic Texas Unit, and served as a board director for Bikes Not Bombs Austin.
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You are in our prayers. Pat and Jack Thompson (friends of Al and June Cates)
You were funny and brilliant. I am 14 years older than you. I was supposed to go first.