William M. Tong

William M. Tong

William M. Tong
Of Counsel

T: (203) 325-5089 - F: (203) 325-5001

William Tong has broad experience representing clients in commercial litigation in federal and state courts, negotiating multi-party settlements, conducting internal investigations, and responding to federal and state government investigations. Mr. Tong frequently counsels venture capital and private equity funds, investment managers, and other business clients on disputes related to mergers and acquisitions, business torts and employment matters. Mr. Tong also provides crisis management assistance and counseling to help clients manage special business risks.

In addition to his practice at the firm, Mr. Tong is a State Representative and represents the 147th District (Stamford/Darien) in the Connecticut General Assembly. In that role, Representative Tong is Co-Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Co-Chairman of the Commission on Economic Competitiveness, and a member of the Environment Committee. Representative Tong was previously Co-Chairman of the Banking Committee.

Prior to joining Finn Dixon & Herling, Mr. Tong was an associate in the Litigation Department at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, and before that a Management Consultant with the Law Firm & Law Department Consulting Group of Price Waterhouse LLP.


  • Represented venture capital fund in dispute and settlement with China-based company in New York state trial and appellate courts concerning breach of merger agreement
  • Represented venture capital fund in dispute and settlement with a Fortune 100 financial services company concerning the sale of a portfolio company
  • Trial counsel for former Chief Executive Officer in wrongful termination action in Connecticut federal court
  • Special counsel on strategic trial and settlement matters to venture capital fund in an arbitration involving a portfolio company in the technology industry
  • Conducted internal investigation of alleged criminal conspiracy at portfolio company of private equity fund
  • Independent counsel to a consortium of leading companies in the medical devices industry concerning antitrust and general legal matters

Recognized as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star in Business Litigation, 2011 and 2012

"Best Lawyers Under 40", National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2011

International Discovery, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, 2002 

Practice Areas


  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2000
  • Brown University, A.B., 1995, with Honors

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2001
  • Connecticut, 2004

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2001
  • U.S. Tax Court, 2003
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, 2004

Associations and Memberships

State Representative, 147th District (Stamford/Darien), Connecticut General Assembly, 2007 - Present

Personnel Commission, City of Stamford, CT, 2001 - 2005, Commissioner

Connecticut Bar Association

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Fairfield County Bar Association

City Bar Association

Pro Bono Counsel, Connecticut Legal Services

2005 Connecticut Bar Association Pro Bono Honor Roll

Connecticut Humanities, Board of Directors, 2014 - Present

In Motion (Women's Legal Services), 2001 - 2003

Person-to-Person, 2004 - Present, Advisory Board, Board of Directors