William Rapson

William Rapson


Main: 303-830-2500
Mobile: 303-335-5029
Licensed in: Arizona, California, Colorado

OverviewExperience & ResultsPractice AreasEducation & Admissions

Bill Rapson’s practice focuses primarily on litigation and arbitration matters and includes securities work, insurance matters, and a wide variety of other kinds of cases, including representation of both plaintiffs and defendants. He brings decades of wisdom to assist his clients in a career that started at Stanford Law School and has included service as Chief Trial Deputy in the Denver District Attorney’s Office. His practice ranges from small traffic matters to major civil and criminal matters and is very broad in scope.

After graduation from college with cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors Bill attended Stanford Law School and served on the Stanford Law Review. Upon graduation from law school, Bill clerked for The Honorable William E. Doyle on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has authored several articles and taught legal courses at Metropolitan State College.

Recently Bill has become involved in representation regarding wrongful financial and lending matters and has a particularly strong interest in assisting people who are the victims of usurious loan rates.

Experience & Results
  • Represented employer in class action wage dispute matter. Okamoto v. Bradley Petroleum, Inc.
  • Represented insurance company in disability action involving claimant’s assertion of Fifth Amendment rights. Steiner v. Minnesota Life Insurance Company
  • Represented brokerage firm in federal action challenging arbitration award. The Trading Deck, Inc. v. Crestar Bank
  • Represented propane company in trial over non-compete agreement. National Propane Corp. v. Hometown Propane, Inc.
  • Represented client in eight-week criminal jury trial in federal court. U.S. v. Byron
  • Publications, Presentations & Accolades
  • Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers, 2008-2021
  • Note, Extending Search and Seizure Protection to Parolees in California, 22 Stan. L. Rev. 129 (1969)
  • Rapson, W.R., Recent Changes in Colorado Inheritance Tax Laws, 3 Colo. Law. 23 (Nov., 1973)
  • Rapson, W.R., Criminal Prosecutions Under the Colorado Securities Act, 47 Colo. L. Rev. 233 (1976) (reprinted in the 1976 Volume entitled Securities Regulation, published by the National Law Review Service)
  • Rapson, W.R., and Bain, S.A., Playing at Your Own Risk: Recreational Waivers in Colorado, 32 Colo. Law. 8 (Aug., 2003)
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society
  • Stanford Law Review
Practice Areas
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Trial
  • Appeals
  • Criminal Law
  • Fraudulent Loans/Usury
  • Mediation & Arbitration
  • Personal Injury
  • Title Policy Coverage and Litigation
  • Probate Litigation
  • Asbestos Representation
  • Insurance Coverage and Litigation
  • Traffic and DMV Matters
  • J.D., Stanford University, 1970
  • B.A., Occidental College, cum laude, 1967 Phi Beta Kappa Society
  • Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, 1963
Bar Admissions / Qualifications
  • Colorado, 1971
  • California, 1971
  • Arizona, 1975
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court