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Bill's best career decision was an easy one when he joined his friends and mentors Jim Johnson, Ron Ayers, Joe Matthews, and John Eure in the early days of the firm.
Bill has tried over 150 jury trials in state and federal courts all over Virginia, involving a wide range of areas of civil litigation: commercial disputes, product liability and personal injury. While most of his work is for the defense, Bill has also represented plaintiffs in selected cases. He was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2017.
Bill's career has included the privilege of teaching Trial Advocacy at his alma mater, Washington & Lee School of Law, for 16 years, serving two terms as National Counsel for Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Society, and as president of the Ted Dalton American Inn of Court. His volunteer work for Washington & Lee has included serving as President of the Alumni Association and as Chair of the Annual Fund.
His time away from the office is spent with family and in enjoying the outdoors—often chasing fish somewhere.
Washington & Lee University, B.A., cum laude, 1974
Washington & Lee University, J.D., 1977
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
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Fellow: American College of Trial Lawyers
National Counsel, Omicron Delta Kappa, 2010 – 2014
Named to Best Lawyers in America®, 2001 – 2018
Listed in “Virginia Super Lawyers, Civil Litigation Defense”
Washington & Lee Law Review Member, 1976
Roanoke Bar Association
Virginia Bar Association
Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
Board of Directors, 1994 – 1997
The Ted Dalton American Inn of Court, Emeritus Member
President, 2013 – 2014
South Roanoke United Methodist Church
Trustee, 1992 – present
Washington & Lee University Alumni Association
Board of Directors, 1998 – 2003
President, 2002 – 2003
Washington & Lee University
Chairman, Annual Fund, 2007-2008
Classes & Seminars Taught:
Adjunct Professor of Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law, 1999 – 2015