William Sellay is a member of the Business Transactions Group and past chair of the firm's International Practice Group. He brings to business clients substantial experience counseling companies on structuring and negotiating cross-border and domestic acquisitions, joint ventures, and licensing agreements; on corporate governance matters; and on U.S. regulation of trade and business practices. A significant part of his practice centers on the special legal problems associated with production, marketing, and distribution of products and services, including the selection and termination of distribution channels, pricing, advertising and promotional programs, competition law compliance, intellectual property protection, and products liability prevention.
Bill is past chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section. He is a member of the International Bar Association and the Licensing Executives Society. He is also past chair of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. Bill is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Antitrust Law and was named by Best Lawyers® as Hartford Lawyer of the Year in the areas of Corporate Law for 2014-2015 and Mergers and Acquisitions Law in 2016 and 2018. He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, the highest level of professional excellence in Martindale Hubbell™ in the areas of Business Law, Intellectual Property, and International Law.
Bill is a former member of the Advisory Board of Connecticut Innovations, which provides equity investments in early stage and emerging technology companies, and the Clean Energy Fund, which invests in enterprises involved in the development, production, and use of energy from renewable sources. He was appointed by the United States secretary of commerce to the Department of Commerce's District Export Council. Bill is a member of the British-American Business Council in the Midlands, UK, and the German American Chamber of Commerce. He was interviewed and quoted on successfully doing business in the U.S. in a cover article of Director magazine, a monthly publication for business leaders published in the UK by the Institute of Directors, and has been a lecturer for the past two years at the Transatlantic Business Forum in Cambridge, England.
With a degree in electrical engineering, Bill held engineering positions at both IBM and Honeywell Corporation before joining Robinson+Cole.