William H. Roach, Jr. is a retired capital partner of the global law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where he represented primarily academic medical centers and regional and national nonprofit hospital systems in corporate, governance, merger/acquisitions, physician/faculty arrangements, and a wide range of health industry operations. He is a past Director and Chairman of the national board of the American Heart Association and a past Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Committee of Voices for Healthy Kids, the national advocacy coalition supported by the AHA and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Bill has served in numerous national and local bar associations and is a former President and a 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 for several years and is a Vietnam War veteran, having served as an officer in the U.S. Navy on active and reserve duty.