Attorneys In the Firm

William A. Gillon


Bill Gillon has been active in agricultural law for 25 years.  His work experience includes the USDA Office of General Counsel, Senior Counsel to the Senate Agriculture Committee, General Counsel of the National Cotton Council of America and private practice for the last 7 years.  He established his own firm in 2005.  

Throughout his career, Bill has been heavily involved in agriculture, international trade, conservation and environmental issues.  He has represented the United States and private interests in negotiations with foreign countries, serving as an official Congressional Advisor to the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations from 1988 until 1991, and later serving as a member of the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Cotton, Oilseeds and Tobacco and an official adviser to the Doha Round of Multilateral trade negotiations.  He is lead private counsel in the BrazilU.S. WTO cotton dispute and has worked on the cutting edge of legal developments regarding the introduction of genetically enhanced commodities and the use of electronic warehouse receipts.  Bill has represented agricultural businesses and marketing cooperatives. 

While in Washington, DC, Bill wrote significant pieces of agriculture, agricultural trade, consumer, and conservation legislation as well as regulations implementing important conservation and agriculture programs.  

Bill received his law degree from the University of Georgia, JD '83, and his undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University, BA '80.  He was named the 2005 Alumnus of the Year for the Miss. State College of Arts and Sciences.  He is a member of the Tennessee and Georgia bars and is admitted before the U.S. Court of International Trade.  He is active on local boards and volunteer organizations.  He and his wife Adrienne have two children and reside in Germantown, TN. 

On October 18, 2010, Bill became the President/CEO of the Cotton Board, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.

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