William H. Kettlewell

William H. Kettlewell


Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 617 371 1005

Fax +1 617 371 1037

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Bill Kettlewell has deep experience representing clients in both white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. He has worked with clients in responding to all types of government enforcement actions. In the course of his career he has tried numerous civil and criminal cases in both state and federal courts as well as before administrative and regulatory agencies and licensing boards. He has also handled numerous sensitive internal corporate investigations.

Throughout his career, Bill has represented companies, CEOs and other C-suite executives, as well as professionals in a wide variety of industries, including health care, pharmaceutical, medical devices, financial services, industrial materials, environmental services, defense procurement, and commercial fishing.

Bill has successfully dealt with government investigations and enforcement actions arising out of alleged kickbacks, antitrust violations, health care fraud, obstruction of justice, overbilling, false claims, and fraud. He has also dealt with complex environmental crimes as well as ERISA and bank fraud issues.

Bill's civil litigation experience includes the defense of clients involved in multidistrict, private antitrust actions, mass torts, and the defense of commercial disputes, false claim cases, qui tam, whistleblower actions, and fraud cases.

Bill served as a state and federal prosecutor for 12 years before joining the firm. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he was Chief of the President's Organized Crime and Drug Task Force for New England and later Chief of the Criminal Division for the District of Massachusetts.

Awards and recognitions


Lawyers of the Year
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly


Criminal Defense: White Collar
Massachusetts Super Lawyers


Criminal Defense: General Practice
Best Lawyers in America


Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Best Lawyers in America

Education and admissions


J.D., Suffolk University Law School, cum laude, 1976

A.B., Harvard College, cum laude, 1973


Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Boston Bar Association, Criminal Law Section

Bar admissions and qualifications


Court admissions

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Representative experience

Achieved victory for a public official charged in a high-profile prosecution of alleged corruption at Boston City Hall by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Massachusetts.

Obtained acquittal after jury trial for public official charged with domestic abuse in early 2016.*

Served as co-counsel representing major health care provider in connection with multidistrict litigation based in Boston since 2013.*

Obtained jury verdict permitting health care provider to deduct US$95m of a civil settlement as a business expense.*

Secured dismissal with prejudice after empanelment of a jury for executive charged with conspiracy to violate misbranding and controlled substance laws.*

Secured acquittal of executive charged with conspiracy to violate anti-kickback laws on pharmaceutical marketing, despite prior settlement by the company and negative publicity.*

Won a 10-year-long battle for Fidelity against a Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower plaintiff who claimed they were forced out of the workplace after complaining about alleged shareholder fraud. 

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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