Hill, Farrer & Burrill LLP


William M. Bitting

Of Counsel

Hill, Farrer & Burrill LLP
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Los Angeles, California 90071-3147

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WILLIAM M. BITTING has specialized in Real Estate, Eminent Domain, Antitrust and Tax Court litigation in the last four decades.  Mr. Bitting has achieved over $300,000,000 in awards and results for his clients. Noteworthy cases in which Bitting has been lead counsel are State of California v. Union Pacific, etc. ($84,714,000); Best Brands v. Pearl Brewing(antitrust damages in amount of 55,00,00 vacated on appeal); Commissioner v. Pabst Brewing Company, over $100,000,00 in taxes and penalties avoided).

Mr. Bitting is a lifetime Bruin having graduated from undergraduate and law school at UCLA as well as participation on the gridiron.  He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and is a Southern California Super Lawyer.

Representative Matters

Circumvented Railroad's Indemnity Claims

Defended railroad against insurer's collateral action to circumvent railroad's indemnity claims in New Mexico. Zurich Ins. Co. v. The Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co., U.S.D.C. No. 98-8266 DDP (C.D.Ca., 1999)

Eminent Domain Union Station

Prevailed at trial with verdict of $84,700,000 in an eminent domain case involving the attempt by the State and City to condemn Los Angeles Union Station; our clients were awarded their fees and costs incurred after the State and City abandoned the taking due to the size of the verdict.  State of California v. Union Pacific Land Resources (1985)  179 Cal.App. 3d 307.

Prosecuted Claims as Unconstitutional

Prosecuted claim for reimbursement of all harbor maintenance taxes imposed on beer manufacturer as unconstitutional. Pabst Brewing Co. v. United States, U.S. Court of International Trade Case No. 96-01-00154 (1999)

Defended Railroad Against Insurer's Multimillion Dollar Indemnity Claims for Crossing Accident

Argonaut Ins. Co. v. The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Co., and Related Cross-Claims, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC171440 (1998)