William Raney

William E. Raney




  • J.D., University of Virginia, 1995
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Missouri, 1992 magna cum laude
  • B.J., Journalism, University of Missouri, 1992

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • Kansas
  • Missouri


  • First Amendment
  • Telemarketing
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Class Action Defense


Raney is a partner and focuses on First Amendment issues and compliance with federal and state telemarketing laws. His clients range from large international corporations to smaller independent outsourced service providers. In particular, Raney provides counsel on compliance with telemarketing laws including registrations, do-not-call issues and other consumer protection issues. He tracks state and federal regulation applicable to the field and publishes a monthly newsletter for his clients.

Raney is an experienced civil litigator whose practice focuses on constitutional challenges, regulatory actions and consumer class action defense. Raney has defended companies in a variety of class and individual actions including claims alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) and unauthorized call recording under California’s Invasion of Privacy Act (CIPA). He also represents businesses before the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Internal Revenue Service and numerous state agencies and courts.

In 2015, Raney obtained Customer Engagement Compliance Professional ("CECP") certification and participated as a speaker in the Professional Association for Customer Engagement training summit. 

In 2003, Raney appeared before the Supreme Court with firm founder Errol Copilevitz in the First Amendment charitable fundraising case Illinois ex rel. Madigan v. Telemarketing Assocs., 538 U.S. 600. In 2007, Raney testified before a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives about state and federal regulation of prerecorded telephone calls.

Publications / Speaking Engagements

Editor, Telemarketing Connections® Newsletter

Columnist, Direct Marketing News

Numerous corporate compliance seminars


Raney is currently general counsel for both the ACLU of Missouri and ACLU of Kansas and is an active member of his church. He lives in Kansas City with his wife and three children. He is an avid cook and enjoys playing the bagpipes in a local band.