Recipient of The 2019 Albert Nelson Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award.
Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America in 2016 – 2019.
Bill Zuhdi has also been recognized as an authority on constitutional rights and on federal sentencing issues and the United States Sentencing Guidelines by being interviewed and quoted by The Wall Street Journal and interviews and appearances on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. Bill Zuhdi’s appearances on ABC World News Tonight were selected by and are included in the Television News Archives of Vanderbilt University. The Television News Archive collection at Vanderbilt University is the world’s most extensive archive of television news and only holds evening news broadcasts from the major U.S. national broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN. Bill Zuhdi has been quoted regarding federal jury trials in numerous news broadcasts, newspapers and publications throughout the country, including articles in The New York Times and The New York Daily News. Bill Zuhdi has also been cited as authority and quoted in a comprehensive study on Federal Jury trials by Wake Forest University. Bill Zuhdi is named and recognized in Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World, Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Law and Marquis’ Who’s Who in America (2000-2019 editions). The Oklahoman quoted Bill Zuhdi extensively in numerous news articles, named Bill "one of four big name lawyers." Bill was quoted in National magazine Pollstar June 6, 2013. In November and December, 2014, Bill was interviewed and quoted in the New York Daily News, interviewed by Inside Edition, and in 2014 – 2019, Bill has been quoted extensively by celebrity web site RadarOnline. In addition to large corporations and companies of all types and sizes, and individuals from all walks of life and professions, Bill Zuhdi has represented numerous high profile clients, including:
Dr. Christiaan Barnard (performed World's first heart transplant -- cover of Time magazine 1967)
John Avildsen (Academy Award winner director for Rocky)
The Gap Band (multi Platinum record sales)
Gap Band founder Ronnie Wilson, member Robert Wilson
Budd Burton Moss, Legendary Hollywood Agent
Several boxing world champions, numerous world known singers, actors, writers, and athletes
In entertainment, Bill has worked and contracted with Frank Sinatra, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Billy Idol, Rosanne Barr, Merle Haggard, Red Buttons, The Bangles, Cutting Crew, Julio Iglesias, The Beastie Boys, and others.
Bill Zuhdi is a trial lawyer with vast experience in both federal and state criminal defense and complex civil litigation as well as appeals, both federal and state. Bill is admitted to practice law before:
The Supreme Court of the United States of America
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
The U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Texas
The U.S. District Courts for the Western Districts of Texas
The U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma
The Supreme Court of Oklahoma
The Supreme Court of Texas
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals
and all other courts in Oklahoma and Texas
Bill has also been Lead Counsel on cases in the The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
Bill has successfully orally argued appeals to federal Courts of Appeal three judge judicial panels in Denver, Colorado (The 10th Circuit) and New Orleans, Louisiana (The Fifth Circuit), appeared in Los Angeles/Pasadena, California (The Ninth Circuit), as well as state appeals to The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals and to the Texas Courts of Appeals.
Bill has been lead counsel before The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Tenth and Ninth Circuits.
Bill has won appeals in the Federal Courts of Appeals of the 5th Circuit, the 9th Circuit, and the 10th Circuit Courts of Appeals, a rare accomplishment.
Bill Zuhdi’s experience as lead counsel in numerous federal jury trials and in state jury trials is vast. Bill Zuhdi as lead counsel has prepared and written as lead appellate counsel numerous appeals in both federal and state courts of appeal as well as The United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
Bill Zuhdi has represented clients in federal and state courts in Texas, Oklahoma, California, Missouri, Colorado, Louisiana, Illinois, Georgia, Arkansas, Kansas, California, Hawaii, the District of Columbia, Nevada and New York. His Juris Doctor was obtained at the University of Oklahoma (J.D. 1982). He is a member of The State Bar of Texas and of the Oklahoma Bar Association. He is a former member of The Death Penalty Habeas Corpus Panel for the Western District of Oklahoma, and current member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Northern District of Texas. Bill has served as moderator for the Literacy Summit continuing legal education program. He has over 35 years of experience in all fazes of trial and appellate practice. His many published opinions in appellate courts include The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.
Bill has been lead counsel before The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Tenth and Ninth Circuits and has won appeals in all three federal circuits.
Bill Zuhdi has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and was interviewed about Sixth Amendment rights and Federal Sentencing issues. Bill Zuhdi was also interviewed and quoted in The Wall Street Journal and in the New York Times.
Bill Zuhdi's interviews on ABC were selected by and are included in the Television News Archives of Vanderbilt University.
About one of Bill Zuhdi's numerous successes in law, Oklahoma Criminal Defense Weekly wrote, "Bill Zuhdi won some relief on appeal for Mr. Owens on a complicated and difficult issue. Excellent job, Bill!"
Bill Zuhdi is quoted as an authority in a study conductd by Wake Forest University. The study is called Trial Distortion and the End of Innocence in Federal Criminal Justice.
"Trial lawyer Bill Zuhdi, a Ponca Military Academy attendee in 1967, has made his mark in the legal world practicing on high profile cases, as well as rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous, ... big name entertainers." Ponca City News, Published 2/16/2010.
"Bill Zuhdi secured the appellate win for Mr. West. I do not recall ever seeing a 45 year sentence for DUI. Good work, Bill!" Oklahoma Criminal Defense Weekly. Labeled as one of four "big name attorneys" in a news article by The Oklahoman, June 21, 2012.