William (Bill) Fox is the founder and chairman of Fox, O’Neill & Shannon, S.C. Since its establishment, Bill has developed and grown the firm and its practice into a premier provider of expert, cost-effective legal services.
A large part of Bill’s success has been his hands-on development, nurturing and expansion of the firm’s underlying business clientele.
Bill maintains an active business practice and specializes in advising high net worth individuals and privately held businesses. He provides legal services in the areas of business operations, business planning, business crisis management, estate planning, succession planning and tax law. He serves on the Board of Directors for a number of companies, and other advisory groups, for businesses and community organizations.
Bill advises clients in a variety of industries, including soft drink bottling and packaging, light manufacturing, real estate development, franchising, advertising and temporary help. In addition, Bill also practices in the specialized area of Native American law. His services were instrumental in the development of Native American gaming in Milwaukee, including the creation of the first non-reservation trust land in the country.
Bill’s legal expertise was recognized by the Wisconsin Law Journal, which named Bill as a 2015 Leader in the Law. To view and see Bill’s video and written profiles, click on the Leader in the Law badges at the top of this page.
Bill recognized, throughout his legal career, that an individual and law firm’s success is measured not just by providing legal services, but by participating in and contributing to the community. To that end, Bill has made extensive civic contributions. His civic work was honored in 2018 with the Hall of Fame award by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, which is awarded for outstanding community involvement and service to the children of Milwaukee. Bill previously received the Club’s MVP “Most Valuable Person” award. Bill has long served as a Board member and provided substantial pro bono legal services for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Inc. since 1968.
In addition to his contributions to the Boys & Girls Club, Bill is past chairman of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Wisconsin’s largest community trust. In that capacity, and as a Foundation member, he participated in the issuance of hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual grants to a variety of nonprofit organizations. Bill has also served on many nonprofit Boards, including Milwaukee County Research Park Corp., National Center for Housing Management (Washington, D.C.), the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, the Circus World Museum, the Great Circus Parade and the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Bill (widowed) lives in Fox Point, Wisconsin and enjoys spending time with his six children and grandchildren, golfing, fishing, and collecting historical circus posters. He grew up in Milwaukee, attended University School of Milwaukee, and graduated with honors from Williams College in 1958, before obtaining his J.D. from Marquette University Law School in 1961, where he was associate editor of the Marquette Law Review.
One of Bill’s passions has been Wisconsin’s Great Circus Parade. Formerly headed by Bill’s uncle, Chappie Fox, the Parade, which showcases original historical circus wagons, has been a Wisconsin institution for decades. As co-chairman of the Great Circus Parade for 19 years, Bill brought the Parade back to Milwaukee in 2009, where it was witnessed live by over 500,000 people and televised to a national audience.