V. William Scarpato III
 

Bill Scarpato helps clients solve disputes favorably and efficiently. He focuses on high-stakes, complex contracts matters, merger- and securities-related litigation, and corporate governance and compliance disputes.

During his time in private practice, Bill has developed significant experience in all stages of litigation, from pre-suit evaluation to appeals. He has served as trial counsel, having taken the direct and cross examinations of named parties and delivered closing arguments in a federal jury trial. He has also taken and defended a dozen depositions, appeared for hearings, second-chaired trial proceedings, and managed and executed all facets of discovery. At each phase, Bill stays attuned to the client’s goals, which are often broader than simple victory.

As a former federal law clerk and law review editor, Bill also has a passion for excellent writing. He has authored several winning arguments, including dispositive motions, pre- and post-trial briefs, and a variety of procedural papers that have led directly to favorable resolution.

Bill is a member of WTO’s pro bono committee, and concentrates his pro bono practice on assisting veterans. Most recently, as lead trial counsel, Bill won a plaintiff’s verdict in federal court for an inmate and veteran whose 1st and 14th Amendment rights were violated following a search of his cell.

Bill graduated first in his class from Temple University – Beasley School of Law and served as managing editor of the Temple Law Review.

Other Experience

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, associate
Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, Intern

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Judicial Institute Young Professionals Committee, Co-Founder
Faculty of Federal Advocates, Member
Denver University Sturm College of Law Professional
     Mentoring Program,  Mentor
Denver East High School We the People Program, Volunteer Judge
Colorado Bar Association, Member
Denver Bar Association, Member

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Soaring Society of Boulder, Member

Personal Interests

Composing, recording, and performing music; general aviation; and backpacking


Bill Scarpato helps clients solve disputes favorably and efficiently. He has developed significant experience in all phases of litigation, and frequently assumes crucial roles in court. During his time in private practice, Bill has delivered the closing argument in a trial, conducted direct and cross examinations, taken and defended a dozen depositions, appeared in numerous court hearings, and managed and executed all aspects of discovery. Bill graduated first in his class from Temple University – Beasley School of Law.

Representative Cases
  • Won a trial in El Paso County District Court for two estate creditors accused of colluding with an estate representative to defraud the primary beneficiary. The presiding judge entered judgment for WTO's clients, concluding that the plaintiff had failed to prove virtually every necessary element of her claims.
  • Won a plaintiff's verdict and punitive damages as trial counsel for a pro bono client in federal court against two corrections officers who violated the client's 1st and 14th Amendment rights.
  • Beltran v. Noonan et al. (D. Colo. 2019) - Successfully represented multiple defendants in a $2.1 billion federal antitrust and labor class action challenging the au pair exchange program administered by the Department of State. After four years of litigation, and just two months before trial, WTO helped to negotiate settlement for the defense group, resulting in defendants paying only 3% of the demand.
  • Successfully represented Aimco, one of the largest apartment owners in the U.S., in nationwide litigation alleging intentional torts against Airbnb. After jury selection in the first trial, Airbnb settled all litigation on terms allowing Aimco to control short-term rental activity consistent with its contract and property rights. The closely watched litigation is changing how the short-term rental industry operates.
  • Secured dismissal without liability for a major telecommunications firm in a contracts dispute. The dismissal came directly as a result of a successful motion to transfer venue in accordance with the terms of the contract and the client's goals. The transfer quickly and efficiently shifted the litigation posture in the client's favor.
  • Successfully defended a major telecommunications firm at trial involving allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty and a statutory appraisal petition arising out of a multi-billion-dollar merger.
  • Obtained successful resolution for an outdoor recreation company on the eve of trial. Settlement followed shortly after the court granted pretrial motions dismissing several claims and excluding nearly all of the opposing parties' expert testimony.
  • Successfully represented commercial real estate professionals in an arbitration alleging breach of contractual trade secrets and confidentiality provisions. A detailed pre-hearing factual investigation and a well-grounded litigation approach led to this result.
  • Successfully represented a significant non-profit organization in a real estate investment dispute with its general partner.
  • Successfully represented a large manufacturer in a product liability action after developing extensive evidence to demonstrate the sound engineering behind the manufacturer's detailed design and testing.
  • Successfully represented a construction firm in breach of contract claims against a prime contractor.
  • Secured post-trial judgment in favor of the former officers and stockholders of an industrial gas company in a breach of contract and securities fraud action arising out of a nine-figure merger.
  • Secured post-trial judgment in favor of a Fortune 100 corporation, defeating a stockholder demand for books and records under Delaware law.
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
Other Experience

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, associate
Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, Intern

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Judicial Institute Young Professionals Committee, Co-Founder
Faculty of Federal Advocates, Member
Denver University Sturm College of Law Professional
     Mentoring Program,  Mentor
Denver East High School We the People Program, Volunteer Judge
Colorado Bar Association, Member
Denver Bar Association, Member

Government Service

Law Clerk to The Honorable Harvey Bartle III, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Soaring Society of Boulder, Member

Personal Interests

Composing, recording, and performing music; general aviation; and backpacking

Education
  • Temple University – James E. Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2013, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, Temple Law Review, Managing Editor
  • Pomona College, B.A., 2008, International Relations
Government Service

Law Clerk to The Honorable Harvey Bartle III, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware