William H. Schweitzer served as the Managing Partner of Baker Hostetler's Washington, D.C., office for more than a decade. He joined the firm in 1973 and was instrumental in the growth of Baker Hostetler in the nation's Capital and in the development of one of America's leading full service law firms.
In addition to his leadership in Washington, Mr. Schweitzer built a nationally-recognized law practice with a focus on federal election, campaign finance, and sports law, with a particular emphasis on antitrust and competition-related issues. He was also known for his work in areas of securities, antitrust and white collar criminal law.
For many years, the American League has been a heritage client of Baker Hostetler. Mr. Schweitzer and a team of government relations lawyers and advisors served the interests of Major League Baseball in Washington. In addition, he personally added to Baker Hostetler's roster of top national clients organizations such as the Hyatt Corporation, Delta Airlines and The Republican National Committee.
For over 25 years Mr. Schweitzer served as the outside counsel for Republicans on the House Administration Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he provided guidance concerning the nation's election and campaign finance laws. Using his experience in election law issues, Mr. Schweitzer counseled U.S. Presidential, House and Senate campaigns, and represented clients in regulatory actions at the Federal Election Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Recognizing the need for a major national law firm to be able to offer its clients significant legislative and lobbying expertise, Mr. Schweitzer was instrumental in the creation of Baker Hostetler's Government Policy Practice, where he provided key leadership to the firm's bipartisan legislative team.
Under his leadership in the Washington office, the distinguished list of clients grew to include such major national and international trade associations and corporations as The National Association of Home Builders, The Motion Picture Association of America, The American Resort Development Association, The Aluminum Association, National Federation of Independent Business and Citigroup.
After graduating from law school, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia. Mr. Schweitzer served on the Board of the Salisbury School in Salisbury, Connecticut, and the University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio.
Mr. Schweitzer passed away on March 3, 2015. Hudson mourns his loss.