Welcome to my website!
Born and raised in Bryan, Ohio, I received my undergraduate degree from Miami University and law degree from The Ohio State University. An Ohioan through and through, I’ve spent my career practicing law in Milwaukee; serving in a senior position at the largest bank in Kentucky; serving as a board member and Chairman of the FDIC during the banking and thrift crises of the late 1970s through the early 1990s; founding and chairing a leading financial consulting firm, The Secura Group, from 1986 through 2012 before selling Secura and joining a larger firm. I have also served on various boards of directors and as Chairman of 5/3 Bancorporation.
At the beginning of 2020 I made a significant and exciting career change and joined in a partnership with Howard Milstein, whose family has been very important to New York for decades. Howard and I created and are each Co-Chairman of The Isaac-Milstein Group through which we will make investments globally in financial services activities, including consulting services to financial firms of all sizes and types. I also joined the boards of directors of Emigrant Bank and New York Private Bank & Trust, both of which are owned by Howard. Moreover, I have been named Chairman of Sarasota Private Trust and Cleveland Private Trust, which are part of the Milstein family of companies.
In short, my entire career has been devoted to the financial services industry as a lawyer, consultant, executive, board member, and regulator. It’s been a career forged by my participation in three major financial crises: 1974-76, 1978-1992, and 2008-2010, and the pandemic of 2020, the outcome of which remains to be seen. I’ve dealt with literally thousands of troubled and failed financial institutions, and I’ve commented extensively on public policy issues through Congressional testimony and through hundreds of articles in leading publications, speeches, and television & radio appearances.
The government’s terrible mishandling of the financial crisis in 2008-2009 still angers me. I felt compelled to share my thoughts on the crisis in my book, “Senseless Panic: How Washington Failed America.” I began this website at that time to promote better understanding of how best to manage and regulate financial institutions in the hope that we will never again have to go through another financial panic, senseless or otherwise.
Please reach out to me should you have any questions or suggestions or need any help.
All the best, Bill