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United States Supreme Court really changes how post-conviction asset forfeiture works

The United States Supreme Court significantly limited the ability of federal prosecutors to require co-defendants to satisfy judgments of forfeiture. The Supreme Court reversed the Sixth United States Court of Appeals’ holding that co-conspirators we “jointly and severally liable” for the full amount of ALL property subject to forfeiture, and instead limited forfeiture to “property the defendant himself actually acquired as a result of the crime.” This opinion will change federal criminal practice dramatically, and will allow well-informed lawyers to reduce the collateral consequences of a federal criminal conviction. Many defendants convicted in federal conspiracy cases are left with astronomical monetary responsibilities upon completion of their sentences, just as they have just been branded almost unemployable, due to their felony convictions. The Law Office of Bill Pedersen, III, PLLC, stands ready to use this new weapon on behalf of our clients.

United States Supreme Court imposes limitations on forfeiture per defendant

Bill Pedersen, III, addresses the 2017 Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference

Bill Pedersen, III, of the Law Office of Bill Pedersen, III, PLLC, along with Robert Tobey, of Johnston Tobey Baruch, and Nathan Johnson, of Spector Johnson, PLLC, spoke at the 2017 Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Conference Center in Grapevine, Texas, on May 10, 2017. This invitation only conference is held annually for the judges of the Fifth Circuit, along with the finest practitioners in those courts. Almost every federal judge in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi was in attendance. Mr. Pedersen, Mr. Tobey, and Mr. Johnson, gave a presentation on legal ethics, in a discussion moderated by Michael J. Bentley, a member of the Board of Governors of the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit. Mr. Pedersen, third from the left, was honored to address such an august assembly.

Law Office of Bill Pedersen, III, PLLC, takes client from felony arrest and certain deportation to expunction eligibility with zero immigration consequences

A client of the Law Office of Bill Pedersen, III, PLLC, was arrested following a traffic incident. He was charged with Aggravated Assault, a  second degree felony, punishable by 2-20 years in the penitentiary. The client is an otherwise law-abiding foreign national who has lived here for over twenty years. The Law Office of Bill Pedersen, III, PLLC, prepared a letter to the Collin County Grand Jury, along with a packet of documents, pictures, and law, that persuaded the Collin County Grand Jury to reject the felony accusation, and instead charge the client with misdemeanor reckless driving. That charge will have zero adverse immigration consequences (absent a change in the law), and following completion of a pretrial diversion program, the client will be eligible for an expunction. An expunction is only available in very limited circumstances, and basically orders all Texas state agencies to delete, shred, burn, or otherwise destroy ANY record of an individual’s investigation, arrest, or prosecution. Following an expunction, an individual may deny the existence of any investigation, arrest, or prosecution UNDER OATH. Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 55.03.

If the client successfully completes the pretrial diversion program, following expunction, this matter will be functionally erased from his life forever.


Law Office of Bill Pedersen, III, PLLC, wins a declaratory judgment that ends lawsuit threats and costs clients no money

The Law Office of Bill Pedersen, III, PLLC, represented two of three daughters, who were involved in emotional litigation related to the estate of their recently deceased father, and their elderly mother, who is in her nineties and in failing health. The non-client daughter is a lawyer, who constantly threatened litigation in an attempt to intimidate her sisters. Her threats had been effective for years. Then the two non-lawyer daughters hired The Law Office of Bill Pedersen, III, PLLC. The Law Office of Bill Pedersen, III, PLLC, successfully defended her latest lawsuit. The Law Office of Bill Pedersen, III, PLLC, then filed a lawsuit on behalf of the two non-lawyer daughters seeking a Declaratory Judgment, which required the lawyer-daughter to make good on all her threats or lose them, in other words, to put up or shut up. The lawyer-daughter’s response didn’t measure up to her threats, and she forever lost her ability to sue for those threatened claims. This resolved and extinguished the current threat of litigation from the lawyer-daughter, and the two non-lawyer daughters were completely reimbursed for all their attorney’s fees and costs by the lawyer-daughter.

Order Granting Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment SIGNED BY JUDGE WHITE 9-23-16