William Lane is an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on appellate, constitutional, and commercial litigation in federal and state courts across the country. William has represented clients in matters involving complex contractual disputes, trade secrets, government fraud, and constitutional civil rights. William also maintains an active pro bono practice.

Before joining Kirkland, William served as a law clerk to Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Gregory G. Katsas of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, as well as Special Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where he advised Chairman Charles Grassley on the nomination of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. Before attending law school, William served from 2008 to 2012 as a cavalry officer in the United States Army, during which time he deployed to Diyala Province, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. William is originally from Easton, Connecticut.


Thought Leadership


Comment, “Your Raisins or Your Life”: The Harrowing of the Takings Clause in Horne v. U.S. Department of Agriculture, 750 F.3d 1128 (9th Cir. 2014), 38 HARV. J. L. & PUB. POL’Y 761 (2015)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2016District of Columbia
  • 2016Virginia


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude2015

    Executive Editor, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy

    Federalist Society

    Harvard Catholic Law Students Association

    HLS Armed Forces Association

    Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, Veterans Law Clinic

  • Georgetown UniversityM.A., American Government2008
  • Georgetown UniversityB.A., Governmentmagna cum laude2008

    Distinguished Military Graduate

    Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps