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Hon. William H. Webster EMERITUS

(202) 835-7550


Professional Experience

Senior Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, 1991-2005; Director, Central Intelligence Agency, 1987-91; Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1978-87; Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 1973-78; Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1971-73; Partner, Armstrong, Teasdale, Kramer & Vaughan, 1961-70, 1952-60, and 1949-50. Eight years of experience as a Federal District and Circuit Judge. Eighteen years of experience in arbitration and mediation. Extensive experience in business law and internal inquiries, government contracts, insurance, and computers. Prior experience in banking, antitrust, and corporate matters. Worked on the evolution of the MasterCard system. Headed the Webster Commission to evaluate the riots of Los Angeles. Appeared before the FAA regarding safety regulations.

Primary Practice Areas

Arbitration and mediation.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Served on more than 40 arbitrations and mediations involving contract disputes, franchise issues, patent rights and other commercial matters. Served as permanent third neutral arbitrator in disputes re rights and obligations of parties under complex settlement and license agreements; Special Master to the Circuit Court, Second Judicial Circuit to resolve contract disputes exceeding $50 million; one of three appellate judges to decide disputes relating to asbestos claims against insulation co. and appeal from decision awarding to insurers interest on accelerated payments arising out of asbestos-related claims; arbitrated case involving contract interpretation and the hiring of employees in violation of settlement agreement. Mediations include allocation of liability for repair or replacement of defective or improperly installed plastic pipe and fittings, insurance dispute with alleged breach of contract and fiduciary duty; violations of non-solicitation agreements; alleged error at switching company re withdrawal of funds in point of sale debits from credit union; two pending double class action lawsuits re antitrust price fixing conspiracy arising out of agreement by state automobile dealer association to add a charge to the sale of every new motor vehicle in the state from Jan. 1, 1988 to present. Presiding arbitrator in proceeding initiated by Mid-East oil refining co. against large domestic oil producer re terms of asset transfer agreement. Arbitrator in non-binding mini-trial re contract dispute re licensing of name and trademark and in dispute re payment for petroleum products; matter involving compan y dispute with former employee. Third neutral arbitrator in dispute investigating alleged violation of postal procurement regulations and unlawful award of contract. Served on panel of arbitrators in dispute re alleged violations of employment agreement. Arbitrator of Interest in dispute arising out of consortium contract with construction company .

Selected Honors, Awards, Publications and/or Professional and Civic Associations

Member, ABA, Council of the Amer. Law Inst., Order of the Coif, Missouri Bar Integrated, and Metropolitan St. Louis Bar Assn. Former Chairman, ABA's Corporation, Banking and Business Law Sections. Fellow, American Bar Fdn. Man of the Year 1980, St. Louis Globe-Democrat. William Greenleaf Elliot Award, Washington Univ. and Riot Relief Fund Award, 1981. Fordham Law School Louis Stein Award, 1982. Int'l. Platform Assn. Theodore Roosevelt Award for excellence in public service, 1983. Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official, 1984. Freedoms Foundation National Service Medal and First Annual Patrick V. Murphy Award, Police Foundation for distinguished service in law enforcement, 1985. Father of the Year for Public Service, 1986, National Father's Day Committee. 1986 Thomas Jefferson Award in Law, Univ. of Virginia. Bracebridge Young Award, American Soc. of Corporate Secretaries, 1988. Federal City Club's Distinguished Public Service Award, 1989. Salees Seddon Criminal Justice Leadership Award, April 1990. Boy Scouts of America Silver Buffalo Award, 1990. Distinguished Intelligence Medal, Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Security Medal, 1991. Elected to active membership in the National Academy of Public Administration, 1981. President, Inst. of Judicial Administration 1985-88. Washington Univ. Alumni Citation for contributions to the field of law, 1972. Distinguished Alumnus Award, Washington Univ. Law School, 1977. Member, Univ. of Colorado Law School Board of Visitors and National Advisory Board, American Univ. Honorary degrees from Amherst College, DePauw Univ., William Woods College, Drury College, Washington Univ., Columbia College, Univ. of Dayton School of Law, Univ. of Notre Dame, Centre College, Dickinson School of Law, Univ. of Miami, DePaul Univ., American Univ., John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Westminster College, Georgetown Univ., Rockhurst College and Pepperdine Univ. B.A., Amherst College, 1947; J.D., Washington University Law School, 1949