William H. Roach, Jr. is a retired capital partner of the global law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. His vast experience includes the formation of regional and national hospital systems; mergers, acquisitions, affiliations, dispositions and financings of health care facilities and systems; governance arrangements for large tax-exempt organizations; hospital corporate reorganizations; hospital/physician integration arrangements; health industry joint ventures; creation and implementation of corporate compliance plans; focused compliance reviews; and medical staff organization, credentialing and contracts. He also has represented institutions of higher education. Before entering private practice in 1980, Bill was general counsel of a large academic medical center in Chicago.
Currently, Bill serves as a Director and Vice President of The Children’s Heart Foundation. He has also served as a Director and as the 2011-12 Chairman of the National Board of Directors of the American Heart Association. From 2013 to 2017, he served as the Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Committee of Voices for Healthy Kids, the national advocacy coalition supported by the Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He continues to serve on numerous committees of the Association’s National Board. Bill has served in numerous national and local bar associations and is a former president and founding director of the Illinois Association of Hospital Attorneys. He earned a B.A. from Columbia University, a J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law and an M.S. from the Health Law Program of the University of Pittsburgh. At Vanderbilt, he was a Patrick Wilson Scholar. He served as an Illinois licensed Emergency Medical Technician from 2002 to 2005 and is a Vietnam War veteran, having served as an officer in U.S. Navy on active and reserve duty from 1967 to 1973.