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William Alter Kershaw

William Alter Kershaw

Practice areas:

Class Action, Personal Injury

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About Me

For over 25 years, Bill Kershaw has represented clients in class action, mass tort and personal injury cases in state and federal courts, including coordinated and multi-district proceedings. He is a founding partner of Kershaw, Cook & Talley PC and previously Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff LLP.

Prior to entering civil practice, Bill spent nine years in the District Attorney’s Office of Sacramento County where he tried roughly 75 cases to verdict and supervised the Consumer and White Collar Fraud Division, various felony trial teams, and the Career Criminal Unit.

Bill has served as Chair of the California Consumer Protection Council, President of the Sacramento County Bar Association, and Chairman of the Board of Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard. He has served as court-appointed lead class counsel and liaison counsel on behalf of plaintiffs in numerous class actions, mass torts, and consumer related proceedings throughout the United States. 

His dedication to his clients garners local and national recognition. He is named a Northern California Super Lawyer for 11 consecutive years, 2014-2015 Best of the Bar by Sacramento Business Journal, AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, and selected by his peers as a 2015 Top Lawyer in the Sacramento Region.

Bill is actively involved with local organizations and non-profits within the community such as Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento, WEAVE, Inc., the YMCA of Superior California, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento, and the St. John's Program for Real Change.

Specialties: Class Action Litigation, Complex Litigation, Labor & Employment Law, Product Liability

Practice Areas: Class Actions/Mass Torts (50%), Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (30%), Consumer Law (20%)


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1973

  1. Personal Injury: 50%
  2. Class Action: 50%



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Contact Info

Kershaw, Cook & Talley PC

401 Watt Avenue
Sacramento, CA, 95864




Professional Misconduct

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top LawyerSacramento Magazine2015
Best of the BarSacramento Business Journal2015
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Best of the BarSacramento Business Journal2014
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2006
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerKershaw, Cook & Talley PC2015 - Present
PartnerKershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff LLP2002 - 2015
Chairman and Member of the Board of DirectorsKronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard, PC1983 - 2003
Consumer and White Collar Fraud Division SupervisorSacramento County District Attorney's Office1978 - 1983


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Sacramento County Bar AssociationPresident1987 - 1988
Sacramento County Bar AssociationChairman1986 - 1987
Sacramento County Bar AssociationVice President1984 - 1988
Sacramento County Bar AssociationSecretery1984 - 1988
Sacramento County Bar AssociationTreasurer1984 - 1988
California District Attorneys AssociationDirector/Board Member1981 - 1983
California District Attoney's AssociationDirector1981 - 1983
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Sacramento County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Capitol City Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
VeriSign$39 Million Settlement
United Parcel Service, Inc.$87 Million Settlement
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.$330 Million Settlement

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
Santa Clara UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1969