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William Pieratt Demond

William's practice concentrates primarily on civil rights litigation and research in Texas federal courts.

Practice

William’s detail-oriented research has successfully:

  • lifted grand jury secrecy via a court order authorizing the deposition of six grand jurors;
  • pierced a municipality’s secret policies concerning confidential informants;
  • defeated motions for summary judgment based on qualified immunity;
  • defeated motions to dismiss in federal court;
  • acquired a contested Temporary Restraining Order against the TransCanada/Keystone XL pipeline using the Texas Antiquities Code;
  • facilitated the favorable settlement of a civil rights case;
  • dismissed a defamation lawsuit using Texas’ Anti-SLAPP statute;
  • convinced parties to nonsuit their claims;
  • defeated a motion to quash a subpoena in California state court based on the First Amendment;
  • permitted him to testify at trial despite being an attorney of record; and
  • successfully acquired a water permit for a south Texas ranch despite drought conditions.
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.

Background

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 School

William 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:
  • 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:

Post-law School

After 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.

Internet-Related Lectures

  • Guest Lecturer (Houston area high schools): “Cyber-Bullying, Online Safety, and Privacy” (2013)
  • Guest Lecturer (South Texas Law): “Impacts of Anti-SLAPP’s Affirmative Defense Amendment” (Oct. 2013)
  • CLE Instructor (South Texas Law): “Cyber-Defamation, Privacy, and Social Media” (Sept. 2012)
  • Guest Lecturer (South Texas 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)

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