Bill handles a wide variety of negligence cases for the firm, including trucking negligence, product liability cases and medical malpractice cases. He has represented the victims of drunk drivers, trucking accidents, defective medical devices, fraternity hazing, worker safety violations and other negligent acts. Bill has represented several many clients who suffered brain injuries as a result of negligence.
Bill is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, widely regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. He has been listed as a Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" in North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine every year since the honor was established. He was selected one of the top 100 trial lawyers in North Carolina by the American Association for Justice and was given the highest rating - Preeminent - by Martindale-Hubbell.
Bill has been involved in two cases that were argued at the U.S. Supreme Court, which is unusual for this area of law. One case ultimately resulted in an $8.2 million verdict in the wrongful death of two children that was tried by Bill and David Kirby in Onslow County. The other was a case Bill filed fighting North Carolina's policy of taking large amounts of the settlements from poor people who were hurt by others' negligence. In an opinion written by Justice Kennedy, North Carolina's Medicaid law was struck down as unconstitutional. The case affects thousands of seriously injured people across the country and will let them keep more of their settlements with those who are responsible for their injuries.
Bill lectures and writes articles for lawyers on a variety of topics related to negligence. Those topics include maximizing damages in wrongful death cases; investigating nursing home cases; dealing with arbitration clauses in medical malpractice cases and avoiding traps in drafting lawsuits.
Law is a second career for Bill. He spent 15 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, and was a long-time editor at The News & Observer newspaper in Raleigh.
Bill is an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cary, and has served in a variety of roles at the church. He served as chairman of the Wake County Bar Association's Endowment Committee, which provides scholarships to deserving law students, for 10 years, and serves on committees of the North Carolina State Bar and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.
Despite repeated interventions by his New York in-laws, Bill remains an unrepentant Red Sox fan. He is married and has two sons, David and Jonathan.