William C. Sippel


William C. Sippel (Retired)

Bill advised and represented clients for nearly four decades in a wide range of railroad regulatory matters before federal and state regulatory agencies, including the Surface Transportation Board and its predecessor, the Interstate Commerce Commission. He was involved in virtually every major rail merger over the past 30 years. He acted as outside general counsel to several small or medium-sized railroads that have limited or no in-house legal staff and regularly assisted cities, counties, ports and state departments of transportation with rail-related projects or issues.

Bill served as Senior General Attorney for the Milwaukee Road, Chicago and General Counsel-Administrative Law and Contracts for the Soo Line Railroad, Minneapolis. In 1987, he became a partner in the Chicago office of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly and served as Managing Partner of that office for three years. He is one of the founding partners of Fletcher & Sippel LLC, and retired from the firm on December 31, 2016.


Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois; Juris Doctorate

Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; BA in History