William S. Sessions served three presidents as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, earning a reputation for helping to modernize the agency’s forensic procedures and for increasing diversity to include more women and minorities. He was also associated with innovative approaches to discouraging young people from using drugs. Prior to joining the FBI, Sessions was the chief judge for the U.S. District Court in western Texas, where he had previously been appointed United States Attorney.
Sessions is currently a partner in Holland & Knight’s Washington, D.C. office with a practice focus primarily in alternative dispute resolution procedures. He is the recipient of the Chesterfield Smith Award from Holland & Knight, the firm’s highest individual recognition given to a firm partner. Sessions serves as an arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association, the International Center for Dispute Resolution and for the CPR Institute of Dispute Resolution. He holds a J.D. from Baylor University School of Law.