William S. Stickman IV serves as a United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1979 and grew up in the Mount Washington neighborhood of the city. Bill graduated as valedictorian from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School. He attended Duquesne University where he majored in the classics/ancient languages. He received his Bachelor of the Arts degree in 2002, summa cum laude, and was awarded the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts’ General Excellence Award (valedictorian). Bill attended Duquesne University School of Law where he was a member of the Law Review. He graduated in 2005.
Before taking the bench, Bill served as a litigation associate in the Pittsburgh offices of Reed Smith LLP. He next served as a judicial law clerk to Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy, of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He spent the majority of his career as an associate, and later a partner, of the Pittsburgh litigation boutique firm of Del Sole Cavanaugh Stroyd LLC. In practice, Bill represented a diverse array of clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the United States. While in practice, he was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to serve on the Pennsylvania Civil Procedural Rules Committee—a panel of lawyers and judges charged with aiding the Court in reviewing and revising Pennsylvania’s unique Rules of Civil Procedure. The Court appointed him to be Chair of the Committee in 2015. He was nominated to serve on the Bench on May 13, 2019 and confirmed by the Senate on July 31, 2019.
Bill is also active in legal scholarship. He is the author of a peer-reviewed publication on the ancient King’s Bench Jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He has served as a frequent guest lecturer on topics relating to legal procedure and history.
Bill is a supporter of Catholic education and has previously served on the Board of Directors of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School and the Middle States Accreditation Committee of St. Philip School. He and his wife, Leanne, live in the Pittsburgh area and have four children.