About Bill Essayli

As a resident of Riverside County for over 30 years, Bill Essayli has spent his career fighting on behalf of the People of California in the courtroom. Bill stepped down as an Assistant United States Attorney earlier this year to run for California’s 60th Assembly District.

Bill served in the U.S. Attorney’s Riverside Branch Office where he prosecuted all criminal violations of federal law for Riverside and San Bernardino County.

Since joining the office in 2014, Bill has worked on several significant cases, including the federal investigation of the deadly December 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack that led to charges being filed against Enrique Marquez Jr. for conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.

Bill also co-chaired the 2015 trial of a prominent Santa Barbara doctor charged with more than 80 counts of unlawfully prescribing opiates, which led to the death of over a dozen patients. The three-week trial resulted in a unanimous guilty verdict on all counts, which landed the doctor over two decades in federal prison.

In 2015, Bill prosecuted a case involving nearly 29 defendants who participated in a drug trafficking organization that smuggled narcotics from Mexico in PVC pipes hidden in the axles of commercial trucks that ended up in southern California.

Prior to joining the United States Attorney's Office, Bill was a Deputy District Attorney in Riverside County, during which time he conducted multiple jury trials of violations ranging from burglary, driving under the influence, and obstruction of justice. Before serving as a Deputy District Attorney, Bill was in private practice for two years with a focus on employment law. Bill had the privilege of serving as an intern with the White House Counsel's Office in 2008.

After graduating from Centennial High School, Bill was the first in his family to graduate college. Bill received his undergraduate degree from the Kellogg Honors College of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He received his law degree from Chapman University School of Law. Since 2014, Bill has volunteered as an attorney coach for the Centennial High School mock trial team in Corona.

As the son of Lebanese-American immigrants, Bill has been able to realize the American Dream.