William J. Cornwell leads the civil trial and litigation sections of the Firm. A partner with over 25 years of experience handling complex civil matters, Bill has a long history of success in the courtroom on a wide variety of matters. Bill and the skilled attorneys and staff members working with him have obtained verdicts and settlements in excess of $100,000,000 on behalf of a broad array of clients ranging from individuals to large corporations. Recent jury verdicts include: $11 million against Volkswagen in a product liability action stemming from the tragic death of a 16 year old girl, and another in excess of $4.2 million in a construction defect case against a builder/developer. In addition, Bill has successfully defended numerous claims against large and small businesses, institutions and municipal organizations, including the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, the City of Delray Beach, and the City of Port St. Lucie.

Practice Areas

 Class Actions
    Trial Practice
 Complex Litigation
    Products Liability
    Construction Litigation

University:    Georgia State University, B.B.A., 1982
Law School: Georgia State University, J.D., 1985

Bar Admissions
1985, Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia, Georgia Court of Appeals and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
1986, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
1987, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
1988, Florida
2000, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Professional Associations and Memberships
State Bar of Georgia
The Florida Bar
American Bar Association
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Biography President, Student Bar Association, 1984
Member, Moot Court Society.
Instructor, Georgia Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1995-1997

Reported Cases
Gentry v. Volkswagen of America, 521 S.E.2d 13 (Ga.App. 1999).

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