William Wachtel is a co-founder of the New York law firm Wachtel Missry, LLP. As head of the firm's Litigation Practice, he has represented clients in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters. He is the founder of the Drum Major Institute, originally the Drum Major Foundation, a 501(c)(3) established by his father, Harry Wachtel, Esq., and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to achieve progress in voting and human rights, racial equality, and economic justice. William is a co-founder with Ambassador Andrew Young of Why Tuesday?, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization created in 2005 in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to achieve voting reform. He served as legislative assistant to U.S. Senator P.J. Leahy from 1974–1975.
William is a director and Chairman of the Board of Saker Aviation Services which specializes in full service FBOs, aircraft charter and consulting services. He is also the Chairman of BillyBey Ferry Company, the largest privately-owned commuter ferry service in the U.S. He presently serves as Inspector General of Hudson Yards, the largest private real estate development in the history of the U.S. and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center. He is the President of Karsan USA, the U.S. affiliate of the Turkish automotive manufacturer, Karsan. William resides in Chappaqua, NY, with his family and is the proud father to five children.