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William J. Bolotin

Bill’s practice has been concentrated in commodity futures regulation and managed funds for over 30 years. Bill advises futures industry registrants on compliance with exchange, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and National Futures Association (NFA) rules and regulations. He has worked extensively with the regulations promulgated under the Dodd-Frank Act and in response to recent brokerage firm insolvencies. For commodity trading advisors and commodity pool operators, his work includes preparation of disclosure documents and private offering memorandums as well as advice on structuring transactions, registration issues and applicable exemptions. Bill counsels futures commission merchants, introducing brokers, commodity trading advisors, commodity pool operators and traders in connection with regulatory investigations and disciplinary proceedings.
At the Chicago Bar Association, Bill is a member of the Futures and Derivatives Law Committee, and he previously served as Chair of the Financial and Investment Services Committee. Bill is a Member and past Chair of the Agricultural Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association and is an Illinois Bar Foundation Fellow. He authored the “Commodities Regulation Issues” chapter in the IICLE text, Illinois Law and Agribusiness and recently made a presentation entitled “Commodity Futures Contracts for Ag Lawyers” at the annual Agricultural Law conference at Texas Tech University. Bill is a member of the Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and he has also been admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits. He is an arbitrator for the National Futures Association.
Bill has a Peer Review Rating of “AV Preeminent,” the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards, from Martindale-Hubbell, a leading professional directory. Bill has also been selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer, a distinction that has been earned by fewer than 5% of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois.
Bill and his wife have three children and two grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys biking, golf and Notre Dame Football.


University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., 1983)

University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business (B.B.A., Finance, 1980)