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William G. Bauer is a Partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment and Litigation Departments. He concentrates his practice in general business and civil litigation, including corporate/partnership disputes, employment law, intellectual property, securities and federal court litigation. He is also active in court-sponsored and private alternate dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation.


Mr. Bauer rejoined the firm in February 2003 after serving four years as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of New York. As a United States Magistrate Judge, he presided over pre-trial proceedings in civil and criminal cases. He was also extensively involved in pre-trial settlement and mediation.

Prior to joining the bench, Mr. Bauer had considerable trial experience in both state and federal court and handled appeals before the New York State Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


Mr. Bauer receive his J.D. Degree from the Albany Law School of Union University and College and his B.S. Degree, magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Brockport. He also served as a confidential Law Clerk for the Honorable Michael A. Telesca, Senior United States District Court Judge for the Western District of New York.


Bar Admissions:

Mr. Bauer is admitted to practice before the courts of New York State, United States District Courts for the Western & Northern Districts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


Professional Affiliations:

Mr. Bauer is a member of the Monroe County and New York State Bar Associations.



Mr. Bauer appears in the current edition of "The Best Lawyers in America." He has lectured frequently on matters regarding federal court practice. 


Practice areas


  1. Securities Offerings: 20%
  2. Intellectual Property: 20%
  3. Lawsuits & Disputes: 20%
  4. Litigation: 20%
  5. Employment: 20%

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Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP

2 State Street
700 Crossroads Building
Rochester, NY, 14614-1313


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Distinguised Attorney AwardNew York State Bar Association2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Monroe County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Albany Law School of Union UniversityLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
State University of New York, College at BrockportN/ABS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A