William F. Wilder

Senior Counsel

Legal Assistant: Mary Misic


Bill joined Ryley Carlock & Applewhite in 1964 following his graduation from the University of Arizona College of Law and served as the firm’s Managing Shareholder from 1988 to 1998.

He has a diversified practice in the areas of public finance, corporate and securities law, real estate, probate and estate planning, and representation of corporate fiduciaries, with a primary emphasis on the representation of clients in all aspects of public finance law. Bill has extensive experience in representing public entities and in serving as counsel to issuers, underwriters, indenture trustees, borrowing entities, and as bond counsel in connection with public financing transactions. He also serves as a general counsel to a number of profit and nonprofit corporations.

A native Arizonan, Bill was born in Prescott on August 29, 1938, is married to Liisa, has two adult children, Rebecca Butcher and Andrew Wilder, and five grandchildren.

Scouting has always been a part of Bill’s life and as a young man he was active in scouting, was a camp counselor and water safety instructor and is an Eagle Scout.

Bill graduated from Tucson High School in 1956 and upon graduation reported for active duty aboard the U.S.S. Mansfield, DD 728, where he served as a signalman, 3rd class.  He returned to Tucson in 1958, entered the University of Arizona, completed his naval reserve duty and was honorably discharged in 1962.

Bill is active in the business, civic and cultural affairs of the greater Phoenix area. In his free time Bill enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, tennis, exploring the southwest, traveling, studying history of any era, and spending time with his family.


Bill is a frequent lecturer at various legal and continuing education seminars and programs.


  • Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society, Member
  • Arizona Historical Society, Member
  • Roosevelt Rough Riders, Member
  • Phoenix Art Museum, Member
  • Desert Botanical Garden, Trustee (2009-2018 and 1997-2007), President of the Board of Trustees (2004-2006)
  • Volunteer at the Desert Botanical Garden (2019-present)
  • Phoenix Community Alliance, Director (1994-present)
  • Audubon Arizona, Director (2006-2012)
  • Arizonans for Cultural Development, Director (1994-2000)
  • The Arizona Club, Director (1993-1997), President (1995-1996)
  • Assistance League of Phoenix, Chapter Advisory Board (1989-1993)
  • National Municipal League, Regional Vice President (1985-1986)
  • American Heart Association Arizona Affiliate, Director (1975-1983), Chairman of Board (1982-1983)
  • Ducks Unlimited, Phoenix Area Chairman (1974-1976)
  • Boy Scouts of America, Assistant Scoutmaster (1965-1975)


  • AV-Rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
  • Named to Legal Leaders' Top Rated Lawyer List
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Member
  • Arizona and Maricopa County Bar Associations, Member
  • Arizona Bar Foundation, Founding Fellow