William E. Dysart joined Wright, L’Estrange & Ergastolo in June 2006. He has been in the private practice of law in Southern California since January 1969. After a year in a corporate legal department, he was one of the founding partners of Friedman, Heffner, Kahan & Dysart, now known as Mulvaney Barry. From 1982 to 1988, Mr. Dysart was a shareholder in the La Jolla, California law firm of Dale & Lloyd, and from 1988 to 2006, Mr. Dysart was a partner in Dysart & Dubick, LLP. On June 1, 2006, Mr. Dysart became a partner in Wright, L’Estrange & Ergastolo.
Mr. Dysart graduated from Stanford University in 1961. After completing his service as a United States Naval officer, he completed his legal education at the University of San Diego School of Law in June 1968.
Mr. Dysart has extensive experience in corporate, business, real estate and maritime transactions with primary emphasis in transactions involving recreational vessels, including purchase and sales of yachts, construction and repair of yachts, property and sales and use taxes assessed on yachts, manning and crewing of yachts, flagging of yachts, financing of yachts and various environmental issues involving yachts. He has lectured extensively to various business and professional groups, including Continuing Education Programs for the California Bar Association, California Insurance Education Association, United States Navy, California Yacht Brokers Association, Society of Marine Surveyors, and various groups and organizations in the business, yachting and commercial maritime communities.
Mr. Dysart has taught Admiralty Law at the University of San Diego School of Law from 1971 to 1991, and from 1991 to the present at the California Western University School of Law. He has written a book on boating and the environment called BOATERS BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES and is completing a book on United States recreational boating law.
Mr. Dysart is a member of the California Bar Association, American Bar Association, Maritime Law Association of the United States, the National Recreational Boating Committee of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, Recreational Vessel Financing Committee of the American Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in all California state courts, the Southern, Central and Northern Federal District Courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He is a Certified Specialist, Admiralty and Maritime Law, by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and, in addition, Mr. Dysart has been appointed as a commissioner of the Admiralty and Maritime Law Advisory Commission to the California Board of Legal Specialization.
Mr. Dysart also has held or currently holds various committee and board positions involving the waterfront and recreational boating in California. These positions include: member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Regional Water Quality Control Board, member of the San Diego Bay Interagency Water Quality Panel, member of the Clean Water Act Advisory Committee for San Diego Bay, participant with the Vessel Safety Committee and member of the Board of Directors of Recreational Boaters of California, a state-wide legislative advocacy group for recreational boaters.