William J. Stapleton

Hooper Hathtaway P.C.

Detroit, Michigan 48201


Bankruptcy, Commercial, Construction, Elder, Employment, Environmental, Financial, Intellectual Property, Personal Injury, Probate, Real Estate, Reinsurance, Workplace

Mr. Stapleton is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and University of Michigan Law School. He has nearly 30 years of litigation experience in state and federal courts throughout the Midwest. Mr. Stapleton advises and conducts litigation for a wide range of corporate and non-profit clients.

He has authored several texts and articles on environmental law and litigation techniques, including, Co-Author: Environmental Torts: chapter of Michigan Torts, Institute of Continuing Legal Education (1992); Environmental Litigation, Wiley Law Publications (1994). Author: Deal-Killers; Environmental Matters, chapter of Buying and Selling a Business in Michigan, Institute of Continuing Legal Education (1994).

One of Mr. Stapleton’s specialties is insurance coverage litigation, with an emphasis on coverage for pollution and environmental claims. He has successfully obtained millions of dollars in insurance benefits for his clients, ranging from homeowners with toxic substance in their homes to municipalities and corporations with multi-million dollar environmental cleanup liabilities. He also specializes in toxic tort claims and property disputes involving claims of nuisance, trespass and easement rights. He is a certified mediator and is approved for referrals from the Washtenaw County Circuit Court. Mr. Stapleton is rated AV by Martindale-hubbell and was named a Super Lawyer in 2010-2013.


Hooper Hathaway is a full service law firm featuring a broad based commercial and litigation practice. The firm is a successor to one of the oldest law practices in Ann Arbor and has grown steadily in recent years to accommodate the expanded needs of its client base. In addition to providing its corporate clients with a range of transactional, employment, tort law, environmental, tax, banking, real estate, and related commercial advice and services, the firm maintains specialized practices in non-profit corporation matters, pension and profit-sharing, construction, and insurance law to meet the varied requirements of its clients.

Hooper Hathaway lawyers have actively litigated on behalf of Michigan and out-of-state clients in the state and federal courts of more than 40 states. They have an extensive appellate practice, including experience in the intermediate and highest appellate courts of many states and of the United States.

126 South Main Street

AnnArbor, MI 48104

Phone: 734-662-4426

Fax:    734-662-6098

Email:  [email protected]