- Malone Allen
- Thomas E. Austin, Jr
- Diana S. Barber
- Jeffrey N. Berman
- Lea C. Dearing
- Henry M. Feinstein
- Benjamin I. Fink
- Lauren S. Frisch
- Lydia M. Hilton
- Lawrence C. Kasmen
- Alan E. Lubel
- Lisa S. Morchower
- Ruari J. O’Sullivan
- Daniel H. Park
- William J. Piercy
- Thomas E. Sowers
- Charles H. Van Horn
- Neal F. Weinrich
- Kenneth N. Winkler
William J. Piercy
William's BioHealthy business relationships are an essential component of business success. When disputes cause business relationships to sour, declining productivity and revenues are sure to follow. Bill works with business owners to bring successful and efficient resolution to a wide variety... Read More
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Protecting Digital Data (October 2012)
Georgia’s Right To Repair Act – A Guide For Homeowners (September 2009)
Starting Up: Four Tips on Effective Networking (January 2008)
Healthy business relationships are an essential component of business success. When disputes cause business relationships to sour, declining productivity and revenues are sure to follow. Bill works with business owners to bring successful and efficient resolution to a wide variety of business disputes.
With nearly two decades of practice in in the “corporate divorce” arena, Bill understands the challenges that can arise from internal dissension within the management, operations, and ownership of a closely held business. Through hard work, candid advice, and effective advocacy, Bill helps clients end bad business relationships so they can move forward with better ones.
William's Honors & Awards
Bill was named a Georgia “Super Lawyer” in the area of business litigation in 2012 and in every year since. Previously, Bill was a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2011-2009, 2006). Bill is also received a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating based on peer review for legal ability and ethical standards.
Bill is an Eagle Scout.
William's Success Stories
William's Community Involvement
Leadership DeKalb, Class of 2012
Gators for Business – Atlanta Gator Club, Committee Member
National Eagle Scout Association, Member
Atlanta Lawyer’s Club
Bill was a co-presenter at a BVR webinar, “Business Prenups, Relationship Counseling and Corporate Divorce: Business Lifecycles and their Impact on Valuation.” (September 28, 2017)
Bill presented “Insulating Owners, Officers and Directors from Personal Liability” to business owners and operators (August 2015)
William's Representative Matters
Obtained defense jury verdict for client sued by former business partner for false arrest and malicious prosecution resulting from client’s reporting partner’s deletion and removal of business related files from corporate office to law enforcement.
Secured plaintiff’s jury verdict awarding specific performance of real estate purchase contract and attorney’s fees to real estate developer that contracted to purchase a large tract of land; only to have the seller attempt to increase the purchase price after a deal was reached.
Obtained defense jury verdict and an award of $75,000 in attorneys’ fees for builder client sued by a real estate brokerage that claimed builder had breached exclusive listing agreement.
Recovered $100,000 in earnest money for developer client via summary judgment motion establishing the unenforceability of the underlying contract based on the inadequacy of the property description in that contract.
Obtained emergency injunctive relief freezing assets of corporate and individual defendants who were misappropriating company assets.
On behalf of developer that purchased more than 600 acres for large-scale golf course community, obtained summary judgment order confirming that seller’s contractual option to repurchase two acres within the development was limited to the reacquisition of one 2 acre parcel rather than the two 1 acre parcels that seller claimed the right to repurchase.
Obtained judgment in excess of $200,000 on behalf of LLC-member client whose corporate interest was diluted by other member’s misappropriation of company assets on summary judgment.
Won summary dismissal of claim against a client sued by a former partner seeking more than $400,000 in damages based on that partner’s novel interpretation of a previous settlement agreement.
Obtained and collected substantial judgment on behalf of business consultant client who was forced to sue medical information storage provider on the consultant’s outstanding invoices.
Negotiated $100,000 settlement for adjoining landowner clients sued by neighbors over the existence of and easement rights in a disputed Midtown alley.
Negotiated $100,000 settlement payment to minority member of LLC from majority members who breached their contractual and fiduciary duties to act in the best interests of the company.
Negotiated settlement secured by previously unrecorded consent judgment which resulted in entry of judgment on behalf of client for $2,500,000.
Confirmed mandatory application of contractual attorney’s fees pursuant to O.C.G.A. Sec. 13-1-11. This resulted in an award of attorney’s fees to client of more than $300,000 (15% of the underlying judgment) despite fact that actual fees incurred were significantly less. 2003
Successfully defended client against claim that he had breached a contractual obligation to sell business to a corporate suitor whose proposal was rejected in favor of a better offer. 2002
– Supreme Court of Georgia
– Court of Appeals of Georgia
– Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
– United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
– United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia
B.A., University of Florida, 1994
J.D., Emory University School of Law, 1997
– Research Editor, Bankruptcy Developments Journal
State Bar of Georgia
– Business Law Section
Atlanta Bar Association
– Litigation Section
DeKalb Bar Association
Federal Bar Association