Throughout his legal career, Bill has demonstrated his commitment to professional and personal growth. He is both a passionate student and generous teacher of the psychological and clinical aspects of trial advocacy. Bill has taught advocacy for the Trial Division of the Oregon Attorney General’s Office, the state's largest “law firm,” and has been a guest lecturer at Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop.

“He has spread his talents far beyond just his own cases and impacts the cases of lawyers all over the country.”


—Mark R. Bocci, trial lawyer

Boot Camp

Bill’s wealth of knowledge and experience culminates each year with Barton’s Advocacy Boot Camp. Each Boot Camp consists of 23 hours of instruction spanning two weekends about six months apart. Participation in the workshop is by invitation and referral, and is limited to approximately ten lawyers each session. Participants are carefully selected and must desire a career as a civil jury lawyer. Emphasis is on concepts and strategy.

“He—unlike most of us—has not bemoaned the lack of training for young trial lawyers, he has made a major effort to personally solve the problem.”


—Elden Rosenthal, Rosenthal Greene & Devlin, PC

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