Bill serves as Practice Group Leader for the Commercial Litigation Group. His practice is focused on the resolution of business disputes, commercial litigation, creditor rights, bankruptcy and restructuring matters.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1977
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Eastern, Middle, Western
    • Colorado: District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV® – Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 1998-2017
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2006, 2008-2013, 2015-2017
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Commercial Litigation, 2006-2018
    • Litigation – Bankruptcy, 2011-2018
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 1993-1994

Education & Honors

  • Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1977
  • Wabash College, A.B., magna cum laude, 1974
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Experience

  • Successfully defended $16.8 million avoidance action in Rocin Liquidation Estate v. Comdata Network, Inc. d/b/a Comdata Corporation, Adv. Proc. No. 04-12-1244, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
  • Represented Comdata in appellate litigation resulting in seminal decision on attorney-client and work-product privileges. Boyd v. Comdata Network, Inc., 88 S.W.3d 203 (Tenn. App. 2002).
  • ​Successfully pursued jury trial to $1.5 million verdict piercing corporate veil and imposing judgment debt on sole shareholder.
  • Successfully represented automotive dealer against manufacturer concerning manufacturer’s efforts to reduce size of dealer network.
  • ​Successfully represented commodity supplier in enforcing long-term supply contract.
  • Successfully represented large fundraising company in litigation involving contract, securities and employment issues.
  • Successfully represented large behavioral health provider against MCO.
  • ​Represented lead bank in workout, potential foreclosure and receivership proceedings.
  • Successfully represented will beneficiaries against surviving spouse on claim of undue influence.
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Moderator, “Valuation in Bankruptcy:  Theory and Practice – Who? What? When? Why?” Mid-South Commercial Law Institute, 2016.
  • Co-Presenter, "Ethics for In-House Counsel, Adapting to a Changing World: A CLE for In-House Counsel (November 2014).
  • Presenter, "Recording Time, Billing & Writing Bills Clients Will Pay," Tennessee Bar Association, 2010.
  • Presenter, "Business Torts in Tennessee," Duties of Officers and Directors and Deepening Insolvency, Lorman Education Services, 2005.
  • Presenter, "Trial Practice," Observations and Tips Regarding Jury Issues, Focus: Commercial Issue Tried to a Jury, Nashville Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 2005.
  • Presenter, "Basic Bankruptcy Litigation in Tennessee," National Business Institute, 1989, 1990, 2001, 2003, 2004.
  • Presenter, ​"Advanced Real Estate Remedies," Law Seminars International, 2003.

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