William B. Helbling


Bill concentrates his practice in the areas business and tax law, mergers and acquisitions, banking and commercial lending, nonprofit and tax-exempt entities, and intellectual property & technology. Prior to joining Knox Law, he clerked at a small law office in Pittsburgh.

During law school, Bill interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh for the U.S. Department of Justice, served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Nora Barry Fischer of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and clerked at the Allegheny County Public Defender’s Office. He was also Associate Editor of The Pittsburgh Tax Review and winner of a CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Mergers and Acquisitions, among other honors. Bill also served as a certified legal intern at the University of Pittsburgh Securities Arbitration Clinic, where he represented small investors in FINRA Arbitration.

Practice Areas

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D.; The Pittsburgh Tax Review, Associate Editor; JURIST, Paper Chase Anchor
  • The Ohio State University, B.A.; cum laude, Dean’s List
  • Pennsylvania
  • Details on Insurance Brokerage Acquisitions & Divestitures
  • Drafted motions, petitions and appellate briefs for attorney review, as law clerk
  • Represented individual small investors with controversies of up to $75,000 in FINRA arbitration, including all aspects of securities arbitration, for the University of Pittsburgh Securities Arbitration Clinic
  • Conducted research and drafted memoranda on a variety of issues and cases during three separate internships during law school
  • Supported the world’s only law school-based, comprehensive online legal news service as a Paper Chase Anchor at JURIST (University of Pittsburgh School of Law)
  • Included in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (Corporate Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2023-2024 and Business Organizations including LLCs and Partnerships, 2024)
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Super Lawyers® Rising Stars WBH
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Mergers and Acquisitions, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Community and Professional Service

  • Crime Victim Center of Erie County, Board Member
  • Youth Leadership Institute of Erie, Board Member
  • Community Blood Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania and Western New York, Board Member

Professional Affiliations

  • Erie County Bar Association, Board of Directors
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Young Erie Professionals (YEP)
  • Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association

Speaking Engagements

  • The Real Shark Tank: Overview of Private Securities Offerings and Crowdfunding; Firm's Professional Advisor Symposium, 2021
  • Webinar: COVID-19 Loan Opportunities, hosted by Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership, April 2020
  • Don't Get Lost in the Weeds: The Legality of Cannabis-Based Products; Firm's Professional Advisor Symposium, 2019
  • Exciting (No Really!) Tax Updates: Opportunity Zones, Tax Act Update and the Wayfair Decision; Firm's Professional Advisor Symposium, 2018

Articles and Publications