William F. Messinger


Attorney, Advisor and Counselor

As the architect and leading proponent of using family resources and influence to encourage compliance with treatment recommendations, Bill is pursuing his mission to improve recovery rates from alcohol and drug addiction. In 1998, he originated the concept of applying very successful treatment protocols for physicians and pilots to other groups and has written extensively on the use of leverage by families to improve outcomes for their loved ones.

Bill helps clients identify and implement winning strategies to combat alcohol and drug addiction in family members. He personally understands the complex relationships and emotional challenges families face when addressing addiction, since starting his own journey of recovery nearly two decades ago. He also educates families, their advisors and trustees about what works for successful intervention, treatment and continued sobriety.

Having grown up in a family business in Milwaukee, Bill graduated from Yale and the University of Minnesota Law School. His addiction counseling degree is from the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies.

Bill’s clinical and professional expertise focuses on the problem of sustaining recovery for those who experience limited external consequences from their addiction, as well as helping families understand how they can play a positive role in supporting recovery. He has written many articles on related topics, including the effective use of leverage, quality treatment for the affluent, building leverage into governance documents (trusts and ownership agreements) and addiction’s impact on wealth advisors and family offices.

Bill knows that addiction and other behavioral disorders are the major challenge for multi-generational families.

To contact Bill, e-mail him at bill@billmessinger.com