William J. Cornwell

  • Partner





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.

Areas Of Practice

  • Class Actions
  • Complex Litigation
  • Torts
  • Products Liability
  • Trial Practice
  • Construction Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1985
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1985
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 1987
  • Florida, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 2000


  • Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1985
    • Honors: Moot Court Society, Member
  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
    • B.B.A., Bachelor of Business Administration - 00/1982

Representative Cases

  • Smith v. Glen Cove Apartments Condominiums, 847 So.2d 1107, 2003, Fla. 4th DCA
  • Schiffer v. Mazda Motor Corp., 192 F.R.D. 335, 2000, N.D. Ga
  • Gentry v. Volkswagen of America, Inc., 521 S.E. 2d 13, 1999, Ga Ap..
  • Henderson v. Scientific-Atlanta, Inc., 971 F.2d 1567, 1992, 11th Cir.


  • Instructor, Georgia Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1995 to 1997

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • The Florida Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Student Bar Association, Biography President, 1984


  • Phi Alpha Delta