William Pieratt Demond
William's practice concentrates primarily on civil rights litigation and research in Texas federal courts.
Highlights of William’s practice include:
Winning a $13.78M internet defamation verdict (largest of its kind in the US and Texas’ 2nd largest 2012 intentional tort); testifying as a fact witness at trial; and drafting motions, discovery, subpoenas, briefs, and a 3,579 count petition - http://abcnews.go.com/Business/jury-awards-13-million-texasdefamation-suit-anonymous/story?id=16194071;
Winning a $350,000 civil rights judgment against Tarrant County, Texas after it permitted a known murderer to kill a vulnerable pre-trial detainee assigned to protective custody and securing payment for exhumation, relocation to a desirable place of rest, a new burial, a proper casket, and a headstone www.star-telegram.com/2014/08/22/6061749/tarrant-county-dead-inmatessister.html;
Winning a $425,000 civil rights settlement after defeating qualiﬁed immunity in federal court (one of the highest reported 2012 Texas settlements in any category) - http://amarillo.com/news/latest-news/2012-12-12/lubbockcouncil-agrees-425k-settlement-excessive-force-lawsuit;
Conducting court-authorized depositions of six grand jurors (ﬁrst known remedy of its kind in Texas history);
Defeating a Motion for Summary Judgment in a Section 1983 case (based on qualiﬁed immunities and Monell liability) against a county, its sheriff, its attorney, and a Chief of Police - see generally http://www.npr.org/ 2010/09/24/130099092/civil-rights-judicial-bias-surround-texas-drug-case;
Piercing secrecy surrounding a municipality’s conﬁdential informant policies, procedures, and record keeping;
Defeating a Motion to Dismiss (pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. Proc. 12(b)(6)) concerning a Constable’s position as a county’s policymaker (despite Fifth Circuit precedent to the contrary);
Acquiring a contested Temporary Restraining Order against the TransCanada/ Keystone XL pipeline via the Texas Antiquities Code and expert testimony;
Providing requested expert counsel to the International Legal Resource Center (a joint-effort between the UNDP and the ABA) concerning a developing country's cybercrime statute;
Traveling with and translating for Texas’ delegation to China’s 2010 World Expo;
Prevailing in administrative law matters with SOAH, TCEQ, Comptroller, DHS, USCIS, PUC, and OAG; and
Researching and drafting pleadings, motions, briefs, and/or discovery concerning a multi-billion dollar federal case outside of Texas; immunities; Anti-SLAPP; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Courts of Inquiry; the Magna Carta; asset seizures; and business litigation.
He is licensed in Texas’ Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western federal district courts, frequently performs consultations for lawyers from across the state concerning potential civil rights violations, and has been a fact witness at an internet defamation trial concerning internet protocol addresses and internet service providers. He is a proud member of the National Police Accountability Project, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Houston Young Lawyers’ Association (where he serves on the Board of Directors). William is also a certified guardian ad litem and serves as court-appointed counsel in criminal, tax, and personal injury cases.
William Pieratt Demond is a native of Austin, Texas and a proud graduate of S.F. Austin High School. After graduation, he matriculated to Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and completed study abroad programs in Shanghai, Kansai (Japan), the Middle East, and Italy. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Asian Studies, spent a year in Beijing, returned to Texas, and worked as a China researcher for Governor Perry’s Secretary of State, the Honorable Geoffrey S. Connor. William opened a law firm with Secretary Connor in 2008. After three years of exceptional service to its clientele, the partners opted to close the firm so that they could concentrate on their respective passions. DEMOND & HASSAN was created immediately thereafter.
Law SchoolWilliam Demond acquired a Juris Doctor in law (with a concentration in international and comparative law) and a Masters of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University. While there, he:
- attended two of China's preeminent schools of law (Tsinghua Daxue and Zhengfa Daxue);
- spent a summer studying Shari'a at the American University in Cairo;
- was a faculty-appointed Student Ambassador to President Mikhail Gorbachev;
- worked for an Intellectual Property Rights law firm in Beijing;
- worked for Professor Elizabeth Defeis as an international law research assistant (and is listed as a credited researcher/editor for:
- "Religious Liberty and Protections in Europe" (45 J. CATH. LEG. STUD. 73);
- "A Constitution for the European Union? A Transatlantic Perspective" (19 TEMP. INT’L & COMP. L.J. 351); and
- "U.N. Peacekeepers, Sexual Abuse & Exploitation: An End to Impunity" (7 WASH. U. GLOBAL STUD. L. REV. 185));
- worked for the law office of Wanda Akin as a law clerk;
- was credited as an editor in Mark Bina’s "Private Military Contractor Liability and Accountability" (38 J. MARSHALL L. REV. 1237);
- received a pro bono certificate for teaching a high school street law and mock trial course;
- completed a European Union Diplomacy seminar in Brussels, Luxembourg, and Strasbourg that included briefings with H.R.H. the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, 2 Ambassadors, judges from the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, the European Investment Bank, a Member of European Parliament, the Council of Europe, 2 Ministers, a Commissioner, the Court of Auditors, a Mayor, and a Baron;
- was a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Asian Affairs Committee;
- was appointed to be a Law Student Division liaison to the American Bar Association; and
- was a volunteer researcher/drafter for the Student Hurricane Network after Hurricane Katrina.
In addition to his degrees from Furman and Seton Hall, William has completed coursework at:
- Tsinghua University (Beijing, China);
- China University of Politics and Law (Beijing, China);
- East China Normal University (Shanghai, China);
- Capitol University of Economics and Business (Beijing, China);
- the Shanghai International Language Institute (Shanghai, China);
- the American University in Cairo (Cairo, Egypt);
- and Kansai Gaidai (Kansai, Japan).
Post-law SchoolAfter graduation, William became a member of the Texas, New York, and Washington, D.C. bars, traveled to Tokyo for a semester while completing a draft training manual for the United Nations' Department of Peacekeeping Operations (addressing the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers), and finished his Master’s thesis, Justifying an Analysis of the Ecclesiological Development of Subsidiarity via Civil and Common Law Jurisprudential Epistemology.
William also received his certification as a yoga teacher from the Sivananda Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram, in Kerala, India and is TESOL/TESL/TEFL certified.
- CLE Instructor (National Police Accountability Project): “A Primer on Piercing Grand Jury Secrecy” (Feb. 2015)
- Panel Lecturer (South Texas College of Law): “Towns with Tanks – Militarization of Local Police Forces” (Oct. 2014)
- Guest Lecturer (Houston area high schools): “Cyber-Bullying, Online Safety, and Privacy” (2013)
- Guest Lecturer (South Texas College of Law): “Impacts of Anti-SLAPP’s Affirmative Defense Amendment” (Oct. 2013)
- CLE Instructor (South Texas College of Law): “Cyber-Defamation, Privacy, and Social Media” (Sept. 2012)
- Guest Lecturer (South Texas College of Law): “Lesher v. Doescher – Developments in Cyber-Defamation” (Sept. 2012)
- Guest Lecturer (Seton Hall Law): “Prosecution of Cyber-Defamation and Protection of Due Process” (July 2012)
Advice to Young Attorneys Opening their Own Practice – Oct/Nov 2013 HYLA Pocket Parts