The firm is saddened to report that William (Bill) Bottger, Jr., colleague and friend, passed away January 16, 2018. Bill was an accomplished employment lawyer for nearly 26 years and an esteemed member of Latham’s Litigation Department. He was also an adventurous and spirited person. Inspired by his success defending the City of Torrance Police and Fire Departments in a high-profile hiring discrimination suit, a capstone in a long and illustrious career, he retired from Latham early and began a second career as a full-time patrol officer with the Glendale Police Department. He then went on to become a district attorney, a Deputy United States Attorney, and served on a special assignment with the Regime Crimes Liaison Office in Iraq, under direction of the US State Department. His passion for life, for the outdoors, his family, and his work will be missed.
Mr. Bottger, who joined the firm in 1971, retired from the partnership on March 31, 1997. He was a partner in the Los Angeles office and a member of the firm's Litigation Department. He was also a member of the firm's Employment Law Practice and practiced in the employment law area for more than 20 years. Mr. Bottger's practice experience included extensive representation of the firm's clients in both traditional labor law and employment law matters.
Mr. Bottger's experience included representing clients before the National Labor Relations Board in a broad variety of different matters and the direction of union organizing campaigns and NLRB elections. He also represented management in collective bargaining, strike planning and in strike-related litigation, union contract administration, and represented employers in dozens of arbitration proceedings under collective bargaining contracts. His traditional labor law experience covered many different industries, including manufacturing, warehousing, retail, construction, and transportation.
As an employment lawyer, Mr. Bottger advised clients on all aspects of the employment relationship and represented clients in all facets of litigated employment disputes, including, but not limited to, trade secret matters, OSHA criminal prosecutions for deaths in the workplace, wrongful termination claims and virtually every category of statutory discrimination claim under state or federal law. Mr. Bottger was lead trial counsel in approximately two dozen bench and jury trials in state and federal court throughout California.
Mr. Bottger was a second degree black belt in karate, an avid rock climber, and a loyal fan of Harley Davidson motorcycles.