People + organizations worldwide possess the mettle to excel. From their base in California, William Devine Esquire drives litigation, transactions + board work for those seeking sophisticated, unconventional advocacy to support their effort to excel. WDE Regulatory Risk Model 2.0 empowers investors + organizations who, in their effort to excel, seek to anticipate, survive + capitalize on regulatory risks they will face in the future.




  • CEO, Silicon Valley SaaS company: "I worked with Bill on a long, complicated software acquisition deal. If you'd like an attorney to be fighting alongside you, down in the trenches, Bill is the one."


  • Managing Director, global management consulting firm:  "Your advice was invaluable… We're really pleased to have this locked up and I'm personally grateful for your creativity, your wise counsel and your legal counsel.” 


  • California investor: "Thank you for supervising our litigators on this [trust property] lawsuit. Your strategic thinking, meticulous drafting and grasp of business points were indispensable."


  • CEO, Southern California software development company: "Thank you again for hard work and salvation on the lawsuits. We had a large emotional investment in the outcome and circumstances so thank you for the calm captaincy through that minefield."


  • Students of SMG 401: "He is chill." "He connected well with all of the students." "He was very passionate and made it a good time while learning dense material." "Well structured and thought out course." "Very knowledgeable and really got us to think. He provided good feedback to my written work and wanted us to excel to the fullest."




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People + organizations worldwide possess the mettle to excel. Boston Institute for Governance + Leadership advises people who, aiming to excel as directors + trustees of organizations, seek sophisticated, unconventional insights into the art + practice of boardroom greatness in today's regulatory climate, economy + culture.


  • CEO, California medical device tech firm: "I have had the occasion to work with many attorneys throughout my career and I can say wholeheartedly that my interactions with Bill were professional, to the point, and very constructive. He provided timely legal advice without breaking the bank. He was always only a phone call or email away and very responsive to our needs. I highly recommend him."


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Forthcoming 2024


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20 Truths from an Unapologetic Boston Lawyer about the Art + Practice of Boardroom Greatness Today

Forthcoming 2024


Leadership in the Time of So-called Regulation

Has Compliance Been a Dangerous Corporate Legal Strategy All Along?

Rutgers University Law School, Rutgers Business Law Journal

Autumn 2023


AI, Crypto + The Winter of Their Regulatory Discontent

Is Compliance Becoming Risky Strategy?

Loyola University Chicago Law School, Journal of Regulatory Compliance, Vol. X

Spring 2023


The Business of College Sports Deserves to Collapse

Boston Sunday Globe, Ideas Section

January 5, 2023


Is Revenue Sport Infatuation Causing University Trustees to Breach Fiduciary Duties?

University of Virginia School of Law, Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, Vol 21: 2, 128-196

Autumn 2022


The Law Is Always Late

A Global Investor's Pocket Guide to Anticipating, Surviving + Capitalizing on Regulatory Risks of the Future

Lane 5 Press (2020)


Why CEO Shouldn’t Also Be Board Chair

Boeing, WeWork + Facebook Illustrate Leadership Truth

Harvard Business Review (with Joseph Mandato)

March 4, 2020


CEO Chairman. Two Jobs. One Person. Why?

Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance + Financial Regulation (with Joseph Mandato)

November 14, 2019


A Corporation’s Culture Will Dictate Its Fortunes

Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog on Corporations + the Capital Markets (with Joseph Mandato)

October 4, 2019


"Leave Your Preconceived Notions...at the Door" | Diversity’s Role in Boardroom Leadership

Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog on Corporations & the Capital Markets (with Joseph Mandato)

April 19, 2019


“Let’s Fire This Guy and Get on with Business" | Practical Lessons in Boardroom Leadership

Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance & Financial Regulation (with Joseph Mandato)

February 16, 2019


A Cautionary Tale for Tokens

FinTech Weekly

January 19, 2018


A Post-Regulatory Recipe for Economic Leadership

Loyola University Chicago Law School, Inside Compliance

September 19, 2017


The Cost of a College Touchdown

A Story of Trustee Miscalculation

Lane 5 Press (2011; 2021, 2d edition)



Bill Devine is Principal at William Devine Esquire, driving litigation + transactions for organizations + investors who seek sophisticated, unconventional advocacy. He is also Principal at Boston Institute for Governance + Leadership, which advises corporate + non-profit boards on directing an effective, admirable organization in today's regulatory, economic + cultural climate. He designed WDE Regulatory Risk Model 2.0, a tool empowering organizations + investors to anticipate, survive + capitalize on regulatory risks they will face in the future.



Law schools at Harvard, Columbia, Virginia, Houston, Loyola Chicago + Rutgers, along with Harvard Business Review, Random House, Boston Globe, LA Times, SF Chronicle, Inside Higher Ed, California Lawyer + FinTech Weekly, have published his work. He's presented his work at Stanford University, RocketSpace SF + other points Boston to LA.


Bill designed + for four years taught a Menlo College writing seminar on the collision of legal, economic + societal issues in sport management. Previously he brokered commercial property deals for institutional investors + tech companies.


He earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College, where he studied Shakespeare, Marlowe + economics. He earned a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, where he studied tax, bankruptcy + property. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy.


Bill is admitted to the bar in California, conservatively estimates he's run 25,000 miles lifetime, + once coached a season of college basketball.







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