Bill joined Ally Financial in 1999 to serve as General Counsel; he was named Group Vice President in 2004. In this role, he had responsibility for providing all legal services to Ally through the oversight of outside counsel and management of the 280-member legal staff. Bill was also responsible for the Secretary’s office, the Licensing department, the corporate compliance function, and the company’s record and information management activities. Prior to joining Ally, Bill was a commercial attorney and then manager of General Motors’ legal staff Credit and Insurance Practice Group from 1988 to 1999. From 1985 to 1988, Bill was General Counsel for Vixen Motor Company in Pontiac, MI, and from 1980 to 1985 worked as a regional staff attorney at Ford Motor Credit Company. Bill began his legal career with a two-year clerkship on the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Bill studied political science in Budapest, and law in London. He has lectured in Bratislava, Weisbaden, and Madrid on commercial lending, bankruptcy, and workouts. He has also published three articles: Solomon and Mossburg: "CoSigner Requirements Under the FTC Fair Credit Practices Rule.", Summer 1982, Consumer Fin. L.Q. Rep.; Solomon: "Proposed Consumer Revision to Article 9 of the UCC.", 1997, D.C.L. Law Rev., 1087; and Solomon and Nemeroff, Corporate Secretarial, Chapter 46A, Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel (Thompson West, 2016). He has frequently taught, spoken, and been a panelist on a number of law, ethics, compliance, negotiation, and legal management topics, and is currently an adjunct professor of law at Detroit-Mercy Law School. Solomon is a member of the Michigan and American Bar Associations.
Bill received his B.A. in political science at the University of Detroit in 1973, with honors, and his master’s degree in political science from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1974, with honors. Bill received his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 1978.
Building High Performance Teams
Business Alignment & Culture Transformation
Compliance & Ethics Programs
Corporate Secretary Function & Governance
Crisis Management Planning
Dispute Resolution Initiatives
Effective Reporting to CEO & Board
Establishing Performance & Reporting Metrics
Operating Review of Legal & Compliance Teams
Legal & Compliance Department Assessment
Legal & Compliance Structure & Development
Managing Through Mergers & Layoffs
Outside Counsel Management
Planning & Managing Turnarounds
Confidant for General Counsel & CCO
Leadership for Women & Diverse Talent
Motivation & Retention of Key Individual Contributors
New Leader and Team Assimilation
Succession Planning, Assessment & Development