William Ward

Adjunct Professor of Law


William F. Ward joined Rothman Gordon, P.C., in January 2016 after serving for three years as a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. During his service as a Judge in the Family Division, Judge Ward volunteered to also preside as a Supervising Judge of the Veterans Treatment Court in the Criminal Division of the Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Bill served as: Chief of Staff to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett; First Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania under Attorney General Corbett; Chairman of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole under Governors Ridge and Schweiker; and Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. As a federal prosecutor at the United States Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh, Bill was appointed Chief of the Economic Crimes Section.

Bill is a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), where he also serves as Chairman of PCCD’s Mental Health and Justice Advisory Committee. He is Chairman of the Accountability, Conduct and Ethics Commission of Allegheny County, and previously served as a Commissioner of the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision, as well as the Pennsylvania County Probation and Parole Officers Firearm and Training Commission. Bill is the Solicitor for the Pittsburgh Citizen Police Review Board (CPRB) and presides as the Hearing Officer for the CPRB and the City of Pittsburgh Ethics Hearing Board. 

Bill is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Autism Connection of Pennsylvania and is a Member of the Board of Trustees of ACHIEVA. He also is a Member of the Youth Outcomes Advisory Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh.