William P. McElhinny

William P. McElhinny

San Francisco, California

Will McElhinny joined Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe in the summer of 2015 following his clerkship for the Honorable William Alsup in the Northern District of California.  Will represents employees litigating individual and class-action lawsuits. He is experienced in wage and hour, wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, breach of contract, and executive compensation matters. 

Will is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where he worked on behalf of the Michigan Innocence Clinic representing innocent defendants in criminal appeals and re-trials. Before attending law school, Will worked as a paralegal at the Mississippi Center for Justice, a public interest law firm advancing racial and economic justice in Mississippi. 

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Wage and Hour
  • Discrimination, Retaliation, and Harassment
  • Employment Agreements and Severance Negotiations
  • Whistleblower Retaliation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2016


  • The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • J.D.
  • Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
    • B.A.
    • Major: History and Political Science