Before retiring in 2008, Bill was Prickett Jones & Elliott's senior member. He was the son of William Prickett, Sr. and grandson of William S. Prickett, the original founder of the firm in 1888. Bill received a B.A. from Princeton University and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1954. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the U.S. Marine Corps as a Lieutenant during the Korean War. Bill was admitted to the Bar in Delaware and the District of Columbia in 1955 and later in Pennsylvania as well as the Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, and to the United States Supreme Court.
Bill was President of the Delaware State Bar Association in 1974. He was a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association, and was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The American Judicature Society awarded Bill its Special Merit Citation in 1988. Bill was the original Chairman of the Delaware IOLTA Committee. He was a member of Delaware Supreme Court's Clients' Security Trust Fund Committee starting in 1981. Bill was a member and later Chairman of the Governor of Delaware's Judicial Nominating Commission.
Originally, Bill did general litigation work in the State and Federal Courts in Delaware. He served as Chairman of the Rules Committee of the Superior Court. He served on the Rules Committee of the Court of Chancery as well as the Corporate Law Committee.
Bill was a founding member of the Brandywine River Museum created to house locally the works of the Wyeth family and other Delaware and Pennsylvania artists. Mr. Prickett was the first President of the Grand Opera House, Inc. During his tenure, the Grand Opera House, originally built in 1873 in Wilmington, was completely restored and made Delaware's Center for the Performing Arts.
Bill passed away January 30, 2014.