William Campbell Ries
Bill chairs Tucker Arensberg’s Investment Management and Fiduciary Services Practice Group which provides one-stop shopping for wealth managers and fiduciaries involving complex statutory and regulatory issues, risk management and compliance. Bill served as Chief Trust Counsel to a major financial institution prior to entering private practice where he acquired a broad range of experience in representing fiduciaries. He serves as an expert witness involving the duties and responsibilities of fiduciaries including estate and trust matters. He provides legal services to financial institutions, including banks, investment advisers, brokers, mutual funds and insurance companies.
Bill is a shareholder with the firm, and he co-chairs Tucker Arensberg’s Higher Education Practice Group and Profit Sharing Committee. In addition, he serves as town attorney for the Town of McCandless.
Bill is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law having taught courses in securities law and estate planning.
Articles and Presentation: Bill was asked, as an expert, to prepare a commentary for the financial services portion of the publication on Trade and Commerce Laws of the Russian Federation. He is the author of “The Regulation of Investment Management and Fiduciaries”, published by West Group. He is also a frequent speaker and lecturer.
Honors and Awards: Peers awarded Bill an AV® rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards awarded by this national directory of lawyers. He was named to The Best Lawyers in America® in the Trusts and Estates Law Category. Bill is included in Who’s Who in American Law, Strathmore’s Who’s Who Registry of Business Leaders and Who’s Who in America.
Memberships and Activities: Bill is currently the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Decedents’ Estate and Trust Law of the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission which advises the Pennsylvania Legislature on trust and estate matters. He is also a member of the Banking Law Committee of the American Bar Association and previously served as chair of its Fiduciary Services Sub-Committee for over ten years. Bill is a member of the Real Property and Probate Section as well. He served as Chair of the American Bankers Association Trust Counsel Committee and Co-Chair of the National Conference of Lawyers and Corporate Fiduciaries. Bill was appointed to the Risk Management Advisory Committee of the Bank Administration Institute.
Bill chaired the Joint State Government’s Advisory Committee which investigated the Kilbuck landslide for the Pennsylvania legislature and chaired the advisory committee which recommended legislation dealing with municipalities on Developments of Regional Significance.
He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Heart Association. He is also a member of the Circles Board and Institutional Development Advisory Committee of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Bill is an active volunteer with Going Home Greyhounds, Inc.
Jurisdictions: Bill is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and is admitted to the United States Supreme Court.
Education and Background: Bill graduated cum laude from The Catholic University of America and earned his law degree from Duquesne University School of Law where he is an Adjunct Professor of Law.