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Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 2004
  • The George Washington University, B.A., cum laude, 2001

Clerkship

  • Law clerk to Judge Rhonda Reid Winston of the District of Columbia Superior Court

Awards

  • Selected as a District of Columbia “Rising Star” (2014-2018)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Colorado
  • Pennsylvania
  • Federal District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit
  • Federal District Court for the District of Colorado

 

William Anderson is a partner at Handley Farah & Anderson. The core of Mr. Anderson’s practice focuses on advancing the rights of consumers who have been harmed by the products or practices of companies.

Since entering private practice nearly 14 years ago, Mr. Anderson has successfully advocated for consumers in state and federal courts across the country. In so doing, Mr. Anderson has litigated against some of the largest corporations in the world, as well as the United States government, and achieved excellent results for his clients.

Mr. Anderson has litigated a broad range of consumer class actions. He has sued companies for selling defective products, including those that physically harm consumers; for making false statements in their advertisements about their products; and for failing to honor their warranties when their products have malfunctioned. In these and other cases, Mr. Anderson has halted deceptive and dangerous business practices and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for consumers that were harmed by them.

For example, in Lockabey, et al. v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Mr. Anderson recovered more than $50 million for thousands of consumers who purchased Honda Civic Hybrid vehicles. Honda had made materially false statements about the vehicle’s fuel efficiency and hybrid batteries. Similarly, in Friedman, et al. v. Guthy-Renker LLC, Mr. Anderson recovered $26.25 million for thousands of consumers who purchased a falsely advertised haircare product that caused widespread hair loss and scalp irritation. Finally, in Gornstein v. TimberTech, Mr. Anderson secured a substantial settlement that provided entirely free decking replacement, as well as a labor reimbursement to cover installation of the new decking, for thousands of purchasers of defective decking.

Before co-founding Handley Farah & Anderson, Mr. Anderson was a partner with the law firm Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca, one of the premier consumer law firms in the country. At Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca, Mr. Anderson acted as lead or co-lead counsel in numerous consumer class actions.

Mr. Anderson obtained his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University in 2001, and he earned his law degree at America University, Washington College of Law in 2004. Immediately after graduating from law school, he worked as a law clerk to Judge Rhonda Reid Winston in the District of Columbia Superior Court, handling a felony 1 trial calendar of the most severe murder and sexual abuse cases.

Mr. Anderson has been recognized as a Rising Star by Superlawyers for the last five years in a row. He has also lectured and written on class action litigation strategy and tactics.

Mr. Anderson lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two children. Beyond the practice of law, Mr. Anderson is an avid skier and mountain biker. He is also active in his community, coaching children’s sports, serving as a Cub Scout leader, and actively participating in several local charities. He speaks Spanish, having lived in Spain and Chile.

Notable Cases

• Honda Hybrid Batteries: Mr. Anderson recovered in excess of $50 million in a case against Honda for making materially false statements about its vehicles' fuel efficiency and hybrid batteries.

• WEN: Mr. Anderson recovered $26.25 million for thousands of victims of a haircare product, which was alleged to cause hair loss and scalp irritation.

• TimberTech: Mr. Anderson recovered millions on behalf of consumers that purchased defective decking, in a settlement that included free non-defective replacement materials as well as significant per square foot cash payments for labor.

• KIA: Mr. Anderson's litigation forced KIA Motors Corporation to issue a recall and repair thousands of vehicles with defective electronic systems.

• Subaru: Mr. Anderson's litigation compelled Subaru Corporation to issue a worldwide recall for defective hood latches, which saved lives.

• LivingSocial: Mr. Anderson recovered $4.5 million for purchasers of LivingSocial products that were subjected to unfair and illegal gift card restrictions.

• Global Concepts: Mr. Anderson secured a settlement that offered a full refund to over one million consumers that purchased ineffective sonic pest control devices.