William H.
Senior Partner


Using a deep knowledge of tax law that results from 40 years of experience, Bill Bradley guides clients’ transactions in buying and selling major timberland tracts and in the formation of funds and private REITs for investment purposes. Bill has played a leading role in some of the largest timber transactions in U.S. history, and he handles significant tax controversies for clients throughout the country.

Bill represents clients in complex tax controversies at all administrative levels within the Internal Revenue Service, and he has litigated tax issues in the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. District Court, the Court of Federal Claims, and in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eleventh and Ninth Circuits.

Bill served as Managing Partner of Sutherland’s Atlanta office from 1991 to 1995. He served as Partner-in-Charge of Sutherland’s New York office from 2002 to 2014.

Awards and Rankings

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of litigation & controversy – tax (2012-2017), tax law (1995-2011) and timber law (1995-2011)

Selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers® (2004-2012, 2014-2016)

Professional Activities

Former Vice Chair, Forest Resources Committee, American Bar Association
Chairman, Board of Directors, New York Center for Children
Member, Atlanta Bar Association
Member, New York City Bar Association
Member, Board of Directors, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Member, Board of Directors, World Forestry Center
Member, Board of Directors, Forest Guild
Former Member, Board of Visitors of Emory University and the Duke University School of Environment

  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, Editor, Harvard Law Review
  • B.A., with high honors, Emory University
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • New York

Honorable Edward C. McLean, U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York.

Our Story

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is an international law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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