William W. Barrett is a partner at Williams Barett & Wilkowski, LLP. received his preparatory education from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, B.A. History, graduating in 1984; received his masters degree in History (Russian and Soviet Law) from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1986; and received his legal education from Indiana University, Bloomington, graduating in 1989, cum laude . His academic honors include: Undergraduate: Dean's List, Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honorary; Law School: Top Grade Award: International Law, Dean's Honors. He is admitted to practice law in Indiana, Ohio, and Florida.
Mr. Barrett practices primarily in the areas of commercial and probate litigation, election and campaign finance law, and local government law and litigation, including civil rights litigation. Prior to joining Williams Barrett & Wilkowski, LLP, he served from 1989-1994 as a Judicial Clerk and Senior Judicial Clerk to the Hon. John G. Baker of the Indiana Court of Appeals and to the Hon. Thomas G. Fisher of the Indiana Tax Court. From 1994-2000, he served as Deputy Prosecutor and Assistant Chief Deputy Prosecutor for Johnson County and then as Magistrate of the Johnson Circuit and Superior Courts.
As head of Williams Barrett & Wilkowski, LLP’s Litigation Group, Mr. Barrett employs his years of courtroom experience across three states to represent and advise clients throughout the firm's many areas of practice. His public entity clients have included Johnson County Government, where he is the Litigation Attorney, the City of Franklin, the Town of Trafalgar, the Town of Cloverdale, the Town of Bargersville, and various police and fire merit boards in municipalities throughout Central Indiana.
Mr. Barrett is General Counsel to Eric Holcomb for Indiana, the electoral campaign entity of Indiana's Governor, Eric Holcomb, and to the Indiana Republican State Committee. He is also a member of the First Merchants Bank Indianapolis Advisory Board of Directors.
Active in civic and professional affairs, in 2006 Mr. Barrett was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels as Chairman of the Indiana Gaming Commission. In 2009, he was appointed by Governor Daniels and subsequently re-appointed by Governors Mike Pence and Eric Holcomb to the Indiana Delegation to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL), where he has served as Chair of the Delegation since 2013 and worked as a member of several committees to help the Conference’s goals of strengthening the Rule of Law and supporting the principles of federalism. Within NCCUSL, he iserves asthe Lead Division Chair.
He served for many years as Chair of the Advisory Opinion Panel of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility Committee, and in addition, has taught several law and civics-related courses at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, the University of Indianapolis, and Franklin College.
He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Trustees of the Indiana Historical Society, and a Fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation. He has held leadership positions in several central Indiana not-for-profit organizations, including the Rotary Club of Indianapolis-Sunrise, Rotary District 6560, the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, and Leadership Johnson County.