William Haun


Email whaun@becketlaw.org
Education Education

J.D., Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Cum Laude
B.A., American University, Cum Laude

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Judge Janice Rogers Brown
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Judge Claude M. Hilton

Will joined Becket as Counsel in 2019. Prior to joining Becket, Will practiced law at two international law firms, Shearman & Sterling LLP and Hunton & Williams LLP (now Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP). His private-practice experience includes successful arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, second-chairing a commercial arbitration, and handling critical motions and jury preparations in a successful trade-secrets trial.  He also served as the principal brief writer and/or counsel of record on behalf of international businesses, business leaders, current and former elected officials, high-profile law professors, and religious non-profits in an array of prominent Supreme Court and federal appellate court cases—often raising First Amendment or other constitutional questions. One of his briefs in a “ministerial” exception case was cited six times by nine Ninth Circuit judges dissenting from the denial of rehearing en banc.

In addition to his private-practice experience, Will served as a law clerk to Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Judge Claude M. Hilton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He also was an attorney-advisor to an administrative law judge at the U.S. Department of Labor. Will’s writing experience includes a book chapter co-authored with a former member of Congress, and articles on constitutional law and policy appearing in the Catholic University Law ReviewNational AffairsLaw & LibertyForbesNational Review OnlinePublic DiscourseFirst Things, and other outlets. During law school, Will served as a research and teaching assistant to Professor Mark Rienzi—thereby aiding numerous religious liberty and First Amendment cases and articles. He is regularly invited to speak on matters of constitutional law, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Boys Town, Washington, D.C.

Will lives in Maryland with his wife and children. They enjoy sailing on the Eastern Shore, spending time with close friends and family, and cheering on their favorite baseball teams.