Bill Hooks is the Chief Public Defender for Montana's Office of the State Public Defender. Bill started Montana's first state-wide public defender agency in 1992, when he was hired as the State Appellate Defender. In that capacity, he represented indigent defendants in appeals and state post-conviction proceedings.
In 2000, Bill went on to enter private practice, with an emphasis on criminal defense and was a partner in Hooks & Wright, P.C., from 2006 to 2012, when he left to take over the Office of the State Public Defender.
Bill served on the Montana Criminal Jury Instruction Committee and the committee appointed by the Supreme Court to develop standards for capital case representation. He was awarded the State Bar’s Local Professionalism Award in 2000, was voted criminal defense lawyer of the year by the Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2006, and received the State Bar's Distinguished Service Award in 2007.
Bill is a graduate of Montana State University and Gonzaga University School of Law.