The Porter Wright family is deeply saddened by the passing of William E. (Bill) Arthur. Bill was more than just a partner to us. He was a visionary and an icon in the business and legal community both in Columbus and beyond. Bill was a great lawyer, a true partner and to so many that he practiced his craft with, a friend. Bill left an indelible mark on our firm that goes well beyond his name. With a deep sense of gratitude for all that Bill brought to us, our heartfelt condolences go out to the Arthur family.  |  View firm message



William E. Arthur, 1929 - 2022

Bill had retired from a distinguished legal career, all of which occurred at the firm that he joined in 1955 and that included his name since 1972. After his retirement, he continued to provide guidance and insight to the firm and its lawyers.

Bill served as chairman of the Executive Committee, the Directing Partners Committee, and the Business and Tax Department, and he served as counsel to the firm.

Bill also served as an officer and/or director of a number of local corporations, and was formerly involved as general counsel for a number of startup enterprises and major organizations. He served on the board of trustees of the Columbus Museum of Art and Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

He was listed in Best Lawyers® in the area of Corporate Law.


  • The Ohio State University College of Law  (J.D., 1953)
  • The Ohio State University  (B.S., 1950)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio (Inactive)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers®, Corporate Law