When you experience an injury, everything can change - we know that at The Bird Law Firm. With over 28 years of experience fighting for justice for the injured and achieving outstanding results on your side, you can focus on recovering, instead of finding yourself overwhelmed and worried about your court case.
William Bird grew up under the guidance of his grandfathers who both served in the Pacific during World War II. From them he learned the value of determination, hard work and the role that attitude plays in every endeavor. No retreat. No surrender.
"If you are going to try, go all the way...you will stand alone with the Gods...and the nights will flame with fire." ~Charles Bukowski
Sean is currently licensed to practice law in Minnesota and North Dakota (Missouri application pending).
William attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics with a minor in French. He then worked for the United States Treasury Department as a bank examiner before attending law school. The unique insights gained through his life help him dig up evidence other attorneys miss.
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Sean grew up in Minnesota and received a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. After college, he spent two years teaching English as a second language in Seoul, South Korea and backpacking through Southeast Asia. Upon his return to the U.S., he then spent six (6) months thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail – a trek totaling more than 2,200 miles from Maine to Georgia. Sean’s exposure to all walks of life and his fearless and adventurous spirit help him connect and fight passionately for his clients’ rights and interests.
After graduating from the University of North Dakota School of Law, cum laude, he spent several years defending corporations, insurance companies, government entities and individuals before seeing the error of his ways. He has extensive trial and appellate experience in personal injury matters, insurance disputes, workers compensation, construction defect, product liability, and civil and administrative employment matters. As a litigator, Sean has argued in front of the North Dakota and Minnesota state supreme courts, as well as the 8th Circuit of Appeals. His prior defense background gives him a unique insight into how corporate defendants and insurance companies make litigation decisions, and now allows him to help plaintiffs successfully navigate their disputes and legal claims in the pursuit of justice.
His father was a well-respected litigator and transactional attorney who helped instill in him a sense of duty and hard work in representing clients with passion and integrity. Most importantly, he taught him the value of fighting for those who may not be able to fight for themselves.
Before opening his own practice, William worked with the Dorsey & Whitney; Watkins-Boulware; Shughart, Thompson & Kilroy; and Murphy-Taylor firms for ten years, gaining experience and working on cases involving personal injury, product liability and corporate fraud with damages ranging from $1,000,000 to $200,000,000. He has extensive experience in complex civil rights, RICO, products liability, and employment cases at all levels of state and federal court with numerous published appellate opinions--including five opinions establishing new law in the federal 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.
William has worked hard to build a reputation as a lawyer who does not shy away from difficult cases or difficult attorneys. William is straightforward, creative, tenacious and understands how to speak to judges and juries with an open heart and nerves of steel. He is a proud graduate of the prestigious Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer's College in DuBois, Wyoming.
Not only does William care about his clients, but his community as well. Over the years, William has volunteered by serving at the Open Door Food Kitchen, working with the Boy Scouts, serving as President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Pony Express Chapter of the Missouri Pilot's Association, cooking and serving meals at the local Special Olympics annual track meet, teaching business concepts to children through the Junior Achievement program, serving as an officer in his Masonic Lodge, serving as a Board Member for the Masonic Home of Missouri—a not-for-profit that provides millions of dollars of assistance to children, freemasons and their widows across the state of Missouri every year, and serving as a Board Member for a not-for-profit corporation focusing on trauma-informed mental health care and public services.
William also provides interview preparation services to high school and college students and professionals in career transition using his years of experience preparing witnesses to testify before judges and juries through his business Empowered Interview--www.empoweredinterview.com.
William is also a Certified Firewalk Instructor and is graduate of the two-year Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher Certification Program under the auspices of the University of California-Berkeley and taught by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. He and his partner regularly offer personal retreats on mindfulness, personal growth and empowerment.