William D. Beyer
About Attorney Beyer
Bill Beyer has been a trial lawyer for more than forty years. After graduating from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Mr. Beyer joined the Public Defender’s Office in Cleveland, Ohio, where he defended indigent persons accused of felony crimes in both the state and federal courts. He left that office to accept an appointment as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, where for six years he prosecuted criminal cases on behalf of the United States of America. During that service, he served as an instructor in The U.S. Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, was promoted to Chief of the Criminal Division and ultimately appointed by the District Court Judges to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Following his government service, Mr. Beyer joined the national law firm of Jones Day where he represented large corporations in civil lawsuits and grand jury investigations. As a co-founder of Lee, Fadel & Beyer, LLC, he has continued to represent corporations, large and small, their directors, officers and employees, as well as private individuals in a variety of civil lawsuits, grand jury investigations, and criminal cases.
Mr. Beyer’s most recent representations extend to government investigations conducted by the FBI, IRS, SEC, DOL, FDA, the Ohio Inspector General’s Office and numerous other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. When necessary, he has appeared in court successfully defending individuals prosecuted by federal or state county prosecutors. His wide range of clients include owners/executives of both small and large companies, accountants, lawyers, doctors, professional athletes, labor leaders, politicians, stock brokers and members of law enforcement.
In the civil arena, he has defended clients in government administrative actions, as well as private lawsuits between companies alleging contract disputes, SEC violations, UCC violations, business torts, minority shareholder claims, anti-trust violations, and the protection of intellectual property and/or proprietary interests.
Respected by his peers, Mr. Beyer has been a perennial selection to both Ohio’s Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, he has for the past 30 plus years, received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest Peer Review Rating of “AV” based on legal ability and ethical practices.
Assistant Public Defender, Cuyahoga County, 1969-1971; Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Ohio, 1972-1977; Chief Criminal Section, 1974-1977; U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Ohio, 1977-1978; Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, 1978-1980; Adjunct Faculty, Cleveland State University John Marshall College of Law, 1980-1981; Lee, Fadel & Beyer, LLC, 1980 to date