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General Counsel

William A. McNab

I hate – and I mean I just HATE – losing.

My Approach

I am lucky to have the benefit of different perspectives when working with my clients. I wasn’t the person who knew they wanted to be a lawyer since childhood – in fact, I originally took the LSAT on a bet (I won). I spent close to twenty years in the business world before becoming an attorney, and before I started practicing law, I spent two years as a federal district court law clerk. Thanks to that background, my clients get three perspectives in one attorney – the business perspective, the judicial perspective, and the lawyer perspective. I’ve hired lawyers and been the client; I have an appreciation for what they want, need, and expect from us. And because I’ve worked closely with a federal district court judge, I have insight into how judges and juries look at litigants and arguments. What I enjoy most, though, is the day-to-day representation of my clients – getting to know them, learning about their businesses, and working as hard as I can knowing that their lives and livelihoods will be impacted by the work that I do.

I also represent Winthrop & Weinstine as the Firm’s General Counsel, advising the Firm regarding risk management, professional responsibility, professional development, Firm governance, and Firm management. This role allows me to mentor the next generation of lawyers, and pass along some of what I’ve learned over the years.

Outside of work, I enjoy scuba diving in the Caribbean, and I’m a certified rescue diver. I also enjoy fishing, hunting, and reading, mostly classic literature, junk novels, histories and biographies. I love spending time with my wife – we celebrated our 30th anniversary in December 2017 – and our two wonderful sons.

Practice Areas

Honors & Awards

Local Litigation Star

Benchmark Litigation, 2015-2020

Minnesota Rising Stars

Super Lawyers®, 2007, 2009-2012

Associations & Memberships

Minnesota Bar Association

Business Law Section
Health Law Section

Minnesota Federal Bar Association

American Bar Association

Business Law Section
Health Law Section
Labor and Employment Law Section

Center for Ethical Business Cultures

Ducks Unlimited