Overview

Bill is a senior litigator who has tried to jury verdict cases involving every aspect of the employment relationship. He has defended cases involving claims of sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge, disability, age, religion, race and sex discrimination, equal pay violations, as well as cases involving claims of defamation, invasion of privacy, negligent supervision, intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud, and breach of contract. Bill assists employers in problem prevention and legal analysis of complex employment issues.

Bill also represents employers in matters involving confidentiality and covenants not to compete. Bill is a frequent Speaker for the EEOC’s Employer outreach program. Before joining Constangy, Bill was an Associate with the law firm of Haynsworth, Baldwin, Johnson & Greaves.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Chambers USA Guide®  

Professional & Civic Associations

  • Judicial Council of Georgia (2007-2008)
  • Council of Municipal Court Judges, President (2007-2008)
  • City of Forsyth, GA, Municipal Judge (2001-2010)
  • Monroe County, Magistrate Judge (2007-2010)
  • Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, Adjunct Professor (2007-2011)
  • President's Advisory Council, Oglethorpe University
  • United States Navy, Machinists Mate (1978-1984)

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • “Annual Survey of Georgia Employment Law” (Co-Author), Mercer Law Review
  • "The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty."
  • Winston Churchill

Practice Emphasis

  • Defense of Employment Litigation, Including Class Claims
  • Wage and Hour Counseling
  • Policy Analysis and Employment Law Training

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk for the Hon. Duross Fitzpatrick, United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia, 1993-1995

Education

Columbia University

  • J.D., 1993
  • Member, Columbia Journal of Environmental Law

Georgia State University

  • M.A., Philosophy, 1990
  • Thesis: "The ABA and Client-Lawyer Confidentiality: Ethical Shortcomings of the Model Rules"

Oglethorpe University

  • B.A., Philosophy, magna cum laude, 1988

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Georgia, 1993
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
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