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About William

William Mahoney focuses his practice on commercial litigation. He helps energy, construction, and business clients navigate the legal issues they face in a variety of disputes in federal and state courts.

As a member of Bracewell’s insurance recovery group, William has assisted corporate policyholders in complex insurance coverage matters related to diverse types of policies, including commercial property and business interruption, reps and warranties, CGL, and environmental. Additionally, William provides counsel in matters including white collar defense, government investigations, and on appeal. William maintains an active pro bono practice, assisting clients with prisoner rights litigation.

Prior to joining Bracewell, William served as a law clerk for the Hon. Judge Drew B. Tipton of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas. William received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. During his time at UVA, he lived on a farm in the Virginia countryside and clerked in the Washington, DC office of Senator Ted Cruz. William was also a judicial intern for the Hon. Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.


Publications and Speeches

"An Evil Bear May Provide High Court TM Ruling Clarification," Law360, July 7, 2023.

"Making Sense of the Texas Oilfield Anti-Indemnity Act (TOAIA): It’s About Recovery," 16 Tex. J. Oil Gas & Energy L. 95 (2021) (Note).



University of Virginia School of Law,
The University of Mississippi,
summa cum laude

Bar Admissions



The Federalist Society
Houston Bar Association
Houston Young Lawyers Association
Catholic Bar Association



An Evil Bear May Provide High Court TM Ruling Clarification

The US Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Jack Daniel's v. VIP Products leaves unanswered questions about the intersection of the First Amendment and trademark rights, which may be answered by the reconsideration of a dismissed case involving Disney and Lotso the bear from "Toy Story 3."



US District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Judicial Law Clerk
Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
Symposium Issue Executive Editor