William J. Kraus has joined Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office as a shareholder concentrating his practice on disputes relating to the financial industry, with a particular focus on legal and regulatory issues related to digital currencies and blockchain technology. Butzel Long is based in Detroit.
Kraus represents individuals and businesses involved in governmental and regulatory investigations, U.S. state and federal litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. He represents diverse parties before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, U.S. Department of Justice, and more.
Additionally, he assists clients with all aspects of litigation in state and federal forums and has experience practicing before the Northern District of Illinois and Circuit Court of Cook County, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of Michigan, the U.S. Supreme Court, and more. He has also successfully resolved disputes before the American Arbitration Association and JAMS, as well as before NFA and FINRA hearing panels.
Before joining Butzel Long, Kraus was an attorney in the Chicago office of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP, where he focused on financial litigation and enforcement actions.
Kraus maintains a pro bono practice focusing on fair housing and civil rights litigation. He was recognized by the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Inc.
Kraus is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree. While attending law school, he was selected by a faculty panel for placement at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva, Switzerland. He worked to further the participation of developing nations in the World Trade Organization through litigation and dispute settlement training.
Butzel Long has provided its services for more than 160 years. Its offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Washington, D.C., and New York City.