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Bill represents people who have been injured in matters involving medical malpractice, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, defective products, and trucking/motor vehicle collisions. In his 39 years as a trial lawyer, he has successfully tried and resolved claims for individuals or their families who have been catastrophically injured or killed due to dangerous and defective products, gas explosions, negligent medical treatment, reckless operation of tractor-trailer trucks, bars overserving alcohol, aviation crashes, and more. He has also successfully represented victims of crime and assault in lawsuits against apartment complexes.

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Education

J.D., Vanderbilt Law School

B.A., Vanderbilt University

Bill earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University. Upon graduating from college, he entered the United States Navy and served four years on active duty, mostly aboard a fast frigate. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Bill entered Vanderbilt Law School and earned his law degree. He has practiced law in Nashville ever since.

Career

Since he was first eligible, Bill has earned an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, identifying him as a lawyer with preeminent legal ability and the highest professional and ethical standards, as determined by other lawyers. His peers have routinely chosen him for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America (2003-Present). He’s also been recognized as one of the premier attorneys in the region by Super Lawyers: Top 100 – Tennessee (2012-Present) and Top 50 – Nashville (2012-Present). Bill has been continuously certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1992.

Areas of Practice

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
  • Medical malpractice
  • Professional liability
  • Liquor liability
  • General negligence
  • Product liability
  • Commercial litigation
  • Commercial tort litigation
  • Trucking and automobile litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern, Middle and Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

Professional Memberships

  • Nashville Bar Association Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association Member
  • American Bar Association Member
  • State Bar of Georgia Member
  • American Association for Justice Member
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Member
  • American Inns of Court, Master, Harry Phillips Chapter 2009–2012

Honors and Awards

Nashville Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Foundation

Fellow

Martindale Hubbell AV Rated

2012 – PresentSuper Lawyers

Top 100 Tennessee

2012 – PresentSuper Lawyers

Top 50 Nashville

2012Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year

Nashville Personal Injury Litigation

2003 – PresentBest Lawyers in America

  • Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated
  • Super Lawyers: Top 100 Tennessee (2012 – Present)
  • Super Lawyers: Top 50 Nashville (2012 – Present)
  • Nashville Personal Injury Litigation – 2012 Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2003 – Present

Representative Cases

  • Walton v. Tullahoma HMA, LLC. , 572 S.W. 3D 180 (Tenn. App. 2018) (Tennessee Court of Appeals)
  • Barrick v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2014 WL 2970466 (Tenn. App. 2014) (Tennessee Court of Appeals)
  • Thomas v. Oldfield, 279 S.W.3d 259 (Tenn. 2009) (Supreme Court of Tennessee)
  • Thomas ex rel. Thomas v. Oldfield, 2008 WL 2278512 (Tenn. App. 2008) (Tennessee Court of Appeals)
  • Wicks v. Vanderbilt University, 2007 WL 858780 (Tenn. App. 2007) (Tennessee Court of Appeals)
  • Blackburn & McCune, PLLC v. Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc., 2007 WL 2409671 (Tenn. App. 2007) (Tennessee Court of Appeals)
  • Collins v. Arnold, 2007 WL 4146025 (Tenn. App. 2007)) (Tennessee Court of Appeals)
  • Ki v. State, 78 S.W.3d 876 (Tenn. 2002) (Supreme Court of Tennessee)
  • Gleaves v. Checker Cab Transit Corp., Inc., 15 S.W. 3d 799 (Tenn. 2000) (Supreme Court of Tennessee)
  • Hogins v. Ross, 988 S.W. 2d 685 (Tenn. App. 1998) (Tennessee Court of Appeals)
  • Turner v. Jordan, 957 S.W. 2d 815 (Tenn. 1997) (Supreme Court of Tennessee)
  • Still by Erlandson v. Baptist Hosp., Inc., 757 S.W.2d 807 (Tenn. App. 1988) (Tennessee Court of Appeals)