Bill Bransford, ‘true friend’ to feds, dies

September 27, 2013
Bill Bransford. (Courtesy of Shaw Bransford & Roth).
Bill Bransford. (Shaw Bransford & Roth)

William L. Bransford, general counsel of the Senior Executives Association (SEA), died Friday, the organization and his law firm, Shaw Bransford & Roth, announced. He was 66.

In addition to working with the association since 2000, Bransford was a partner in his firm since 1983.

“Bill’s contribution to SEA’s legislative achievements has been exceptional and his wise counsel invaluable,” said SEA President Carol Bonosaro. “He was deeply committed to fairness and respect for federal employees in general and career executives in particular. All career executives owe him a debt of gratitude.

Until the end, he dedicated his time, passion and expertise to SEA’s cause. He firmly believed in the value of the career leadership corps to a strong, effective government. He was an SEA champion and friend.”

Debra Roth, his law firm partner, said Bransford’s “legacy is that he practiced law like a gentleman. He perfected the art of zealousness for his clients, while practicing with the utmost civility and respect for the process. He was a great mentor to every attorney and employee who walked through the door and he left his mark on
every one of them …

“Bill was a true friend to federal employees. He cared about the entire civil service and dedicated his career to ensuring that the spirit and promise of public service was fulfilled,” she added.

“There is only one Bill Bransford. He is irreplaceable and he will be deeply missed.”

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Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about the federal workplace that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012.
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