William E. Gericke, Member
Bill Gericke is a veteran trial lawyer. His practice focuses on representing lawyers and law firms in federal and state courts and disciplinary agencies in actions for civil liability, in professional ethics and responsibility matters, and in risk management. Bill also served as the first conflicts counsel to the firm. In that role, he analyzed new business to identify potential conflicts and facilitated their resolution in accordance with the rules of professional conduct. Before joining the Legal Profession Services group, Bill prosecuted complex fire, construction defect, product liability, and water damage cases. Bill’s extensive experience as a trial lawyer combined with his concentration in the law governing the liabilities and responsibilities of lawyers enables him to both counsel and protect his lawyer and law firm clients in the challenging environment of legal practice.
Christopher R. Heredia, Attorney
Holland & Knight LLP
Christopher Heredia is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight’s Chicago office, where he focuses his practice in legal ethics and risk management for lawyers and law firms, as well as commercial litigation. As a member of the firm’s Legal Profession Team, Mr. Heredia advises and represents lawyers, law firms and in-house counsel on all aspects of professional responsibility matters, including firm organization, dissolution, disqualification, lawyer mobility, regulatory compliance, and bar disciplinary defense at the state and federal levels, including before the Office of Enrollment and Discipline of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Heredia also represents students and other professionals before regulatory authorities in licensing, admissions, and character and fitness matters.
In the community, Mr. Heredia is active in local and national bar associations, and frequently presents to law schools, legal organizations and media outlets on professional responsibility matters. As a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), he teaches lawyers successful deposition techniques during NITA’s annual deposition skills training program. As an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Mr. Heredia also previously taught Ethics and Advocacy, a course which combined elements of professional responsibility with trial advocacy.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Heredia served as Litigation Counsel for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), where he investigated hundreds of charges of attorney misconduct, and litigated formal proceedings before the Commission’s Hearing Board and Illinois Supreme Court. His tenure with the ARDC allowed Mr. Heredia to become intimately familiar with the law governing lawyers and professional responsibility matters. Mr. Heredia also worked as a criminal prosecutor for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, where he gained extensive litigation experience prosecuting complex fraud, theft, and vehicle-related felonies.