• Print

William D. Janicki

400 Capitol Mall
Suite 1500
Sacramento, California 95814
Phone:  916.246.1149
Fax:  916.246.1155
44 Montgomery Street
Suite 3100
San Francisco, California 94104


Bill Janicki is an accomplished trial lawyer who regularly takes on challenging and complex litigation matters and drives them to achieve a successful result. Mr. Janicki focuses his practice on commercial, product liability, intellectual property, and other complex business disputes in the U.S. and abroad. He has litigated matters in a wide range of industries including technology, manufacturing, energy, and transportation, with an emphasis on the aerospace and defense industry.

Mr. Janicki is a creative and complex problem solver with a track record of helping clients reach their business goals in litigation. He is able to achieve outstanding litigation results by distilling complex facts, legal theories, and technical information down to persuasive and compelling trial themes for the judge or jury. He has a keen understanding of the law and the importance of teamwork, communication, and delegation of responsibility, so that a compelling story can be developed from the evidence at trial.

As a former KC-10 command pilot in the Air Force with a masters degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mr. Janicki is able to understand and dissect complex technical information presented in litigation. In the aerospace and defense industry, he routinely represents airframe and component part manufacturers, distributors of aircraft and aircraft components, airlines, operators, maintenance facilities, and insurers, among others. He handles complex litigation matters involving allegations of wrongful death, design defect, manufacturing defect, crash worthiness, strict liability, negligence, and other aviation-related suits. He has extensive experience with multidistrict and foreign litigation matters.

He regularly works with several nonprofit organizations on a pro bono basis, including WhaleTrust Maui, The Nature Conservancy, La Costa Dreams Inc., Healing Pastures, and Seal–NSW Family Foundation.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Sacramento, California, 2018 - present
  • Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, LLP, San Francisco, California 2015 - 2018
  • Morrison and Foerster LLP, San Diego and Sacramento, California 2004 - 2015
  • Gray Cary Ware & Friedenrich LLP, Sacramento, California 2001 - 2004

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Inn of Court, Barrister
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Legal Technical Committee
  • American Bar Association Aviation and Space Law General Committee, Vice Chair, 2013-2014
  • American Bar Association Forum on Air and Space Law, member
  • Air Law Institute, Secretary


  • Best Lawyers in America for Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2015-2019
  • International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers (Transport: Aviation-Contentious), 2018
  • Legal 500 United States, Product Liability and Mass Tor Defense: Aerospace/Aviation
  • Listed in San Diego's Best Lawyers
  • Recognized by Expert Guides, Aviation 2014- 2018

Related Industries


  • J.D., Outstanding Graduating Senior Award, Articles Editor of McGeorge Law Review, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 2001,
  • M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991
  • B.S., Academic Distinction, United States Air Force Academy, 1989

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2014