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William B. Sailer
Senior Vice President, Legal Counsel
Qualcomm Inc.

Bill Sailer is Senior Vice President & Legal Counsel for Qualcomm Incorporated, where he has handled a wide variety of legal matters for the company, including employment law, litigation and ethics and compliance matters. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Bill was a partner at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich. Mr. Sailer is a Fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers.

Bill has served in leadership positions in numerous business and charitable organizations, including:

Professional Organizations

  • The Association of Corporate Counsel (Director, Executive Committee);
  • San Diego Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (President/Director)
  • The California Employment Law Council (President/Director)
  • State Bar of California Labor & Employment Law Section (Executive Committee);
  • San Diego Chapter of the Industrial Relations Research Association (President)
  • San Diego County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section (Chair)
  • J. Clifford Wallace Inn of Court (Founding Master/Executive Committee)

Community Organizations

  • The Legal Aid Society of San Diego (President/Director)
  • The San Diego County Bar Foundation (Director/Executive Committee)
  • Rady Children's Hospital Foundation of San Diego (Chair/Trustee)
  • Rady Children's Hospital (Trustee)
  • Voices for Children (Director/Executive Committee)
  • The National Conflict Resolution Center (Director/Executive Committee)
  • The Junior Seau Foundation (Director/Executive Committee)
  • Kids Included Together, Inc. (Director/Executive Committee)
  • Swarthmore College President's Council

Bill is committed to global diversity and inclusion, and has spoken widely on such topics, including for the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Association of Corporate Counsel and on the "Guys Overcoming Obstacles to Diversity" Panel (the "GOOD Guys"). Bill also serves on the San Diego Lawyers Club/ACC Joint Task Force for Gender Equality. Mr. Sailer serves on the Qualcomm Pro Bono Program and has been awarded both the Wiley E. Manual Award by the State Bar of California and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program's Distinguished Service Award on multiple occasions for his pro bono work. He was also recognized as the "Corporate Lawyer of the Year" by the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Bill has spoken and written widely on employment law and anti-corruption issues. He has authored many publications including the treatise California Employment Litigation: Strategies and Tactics for Lexis Law Publishing. He served on the Editorial Review Board for the Matthew Bender Periodical California Employment Law Bulletin. He is also contributing author and consultant to the CEB treatises, Advising California Employers and Employment Law Compliance for New Business.

Bill graduated from Swarthmore College with Honors in Economics. He received his J.D., cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.

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