William J. Kilberg is a Partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He has served on the Firm’s Executive Committee, five-member Management Committee, and as Partner-in-Charge of the Washington office. He is the most senior partner in the Labor & Employment Law Practice Group.
Mr. Kilberg represents clients in all aspects of employee and labor relations, and employee compensation and benefits. He has argued many significant matters before eight United States Courts of Appeals, has won two cases before the Supreme Court, Egelhoff v. Egelhoff and Murphy v. UPS, and was lead counsel for Boeing in the National Labor Relations Board challenge to Boeing’s decision to open a new plant in Charleston, SC.
In 1973, Mr. Kilberg was appointed by President Richard Nixon as the Solicitor for the U.S. Department of Labor, becoming the youngest person ever to be confirmed by the Senate for a sub-Cabinet post. He served as Associate Solicitor of Labor, General Counsel of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to Secretary of Labor George P. Shultz. President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the Commission on White House Fellowships. Mr. Kilberg served as a Co-Chair of the National Finance Committees of both the John McCain and Mitt Romney Presidential campaigns and as Chair of the Policy Committee on Labor for the Romney campaign. He is also a founder of Palmer National Bank, now part of United Bank.
Characterized by Lawdragon magazine as “the labor lawyer of choice for corporate America,” Mr. Kilberg is a charter Fellow of both the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. He currently serves as President of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
An engaged civic leader, Mr. Kilberg serves on the Mid-Atlantic Region Board of American Friends of The Hebrew University (AFHU), the Board of The Potomac School, the Virginia Israel Advisory Board and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Lawyers Committee.
William Kilberg is the recipient of a number of awards, among them, the League of United Latin American Citizens Award for Outstanding Service to the Spanish-speaking Community, the DC Chamber of Commerce Arthur Flemming Award for Exceptional Public Service, and the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations Judge William B. Groat Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Industrial & Labor Relations.
Mr. Kilberg graduated from Cornell University, which he attended on a scholarship from Local 3, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and received his law degree from Harvard Law School. He and his wife Bobbie Greene Kilberg have five children and eight grandchildren.