Bill’s practice of over twenty-five years is concentrated in construction law, products liability, environmental and toxic torts, trucking and transportation, and other complex litigation. As lead counsel, Bill has tried over forty cases before a jury, most with favorable results. Bill’s clients include general contractors, developers, architects, engineers, product manufacturers, trucking companies, and insurance and surety companies.
Lead counsel for a builder obtaining complete defense verdict on statue of repose, affirmed by the NC Supreme Court.
Obtained a $4.5 million award for highway contractor in trial against State Department of Transportation on bridge project contract claim for project time and cost overruns and a $6.5 million award for project design and delay claims on a highway project.
Obtained substantial verdicts in jury trials and arbitrations for general contractors against developers and owners for unpaid contract monies, including projects for construction of shopping centers, office complexes and commercial buildings.
Lead defense counsel in a six week environmental trial in which 75 plaintiffs sought $225 million for injuries arising from contaminated water from a private water system. The trial resulted in a complete defense verdict.
Established new precedent in North Carolina by obtaining favorable ruling from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals holding that no implied warranty claims could be brought against manufacturer of component parts incorporated into construction project.
Obtained defense verdict for trucking company for multiple claims arising out of 18 vehicle interstate highway collision.
Obtained defense verdict in wrongful death suit against highway contractor for death occurring in a construction zone on an interstate highway.
Established new precedent in North Carolina by obtaining dismissal of all extra-contractual claims against a surety company on performance bonds.
National coordinating counsel for over 300 construction defect suits arising out of the manufacturing and sale synthetic stucco (EIFS).
North Carolina counsel for all products liability and warranty litigation for several leading nationwide construction products manufacturers.
North Carolina counsel for thimerosal toxicity claims against a vaccine manufacturer.
Publications & Presentations
Construction Law Client Strategies: Efficiently Assessing and Addressing Risks(Aspatore Books 2007)
Bill speaks regularly to audiences concerning construction and insurance law issues and has conducted dozens of presentations and seminars. Many of his law topics have allowed insurance adjusters to earn continuing education credits.
Construction Site Accidents: Building a Defense – Harmonie Group Construction Law Seminar, Atlanta, GA, November, 2009
Additional Insured Issues – Harmonie Group Construction Law Seminars, May, 2009, New York, NY; Atlanta, GA, October 2008; Chicago, IL, May, 2008
Indemnity and Contribution – NC Association of Defense Attorneys Annual Meeting, Hilton Head, SC, June, 2007 and Fall Seminar, Greensboro, NC, September, 2006
NC Civil Case Law Update – Continuing Education for Adjusters:
Alterra Insurance – Richmond, VA, December, 2011
Colony Insurance – Denver, CO, November, 2010
Cincinnati Insurance – Raleigh, NC, May 2009
Eastern NC Chapter CPCU Society, March 2009
Colony Insurance – Denver, CO, January, 2009
Colony Insurance – Denver, CO, December 2008
Cincinnati Insurance – Raleigh, NC, May 2007
Colony Insurance – Richmond, VA, December, 2007
Previous Legal Experience
Cranfill, Sumner & Hartzog, Raleigh, NC, partner
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, Washingon, DC