William H. Venema’s legal career spans over thirty years and includes time in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, in law firms, and as in-house counsel in major corporations.
Death in Panama is his debut novel. It’s loosely based on a court-martial case that he prosecuted in 1983, when he was assigned as an Army lawyer in Panama.
In 2006, he published a non-fiction book, entitled The Strategic Guide to Selling Your Software Company. In addition, he was a contributing author for two other legal texts and has published over twenty articles on various legal topics in journals such as The Journal of Corporate Accounting & Finance, The National Law Journal, The Corporate Board, and Bloomberg Law Reports.
He is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he was awarded the Thomas J. Thompson Memorial Award, the only award for writing at the Academy. He also earned an MBA from Georgia State University and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Prior to entering private practice, Bill served in the U.S. Army in Germany, Panama, and several stateside assignments. He is a graduate of the Army’s Airborne and Ranger schools, as well as the Command and General Staff College.