William A. Gray - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

William A. Gray

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 404-870-1709

William (“Bill”) Gray is a nationally recognized expert on employee benefits law issues who joined Ogletree Deakins in 1991, after having served as a partner in a large general practice firm.  He focuses his practice on the design, establishment, and maintenance of qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and nonqualified deferred compensation plans for employers.Bill served on the Law Review at Emory University School of Law and has authored numerous articles since law school on such topics as employee benefits in takeover battles, the use of employee benefit plans in estate planning, and retirement plans for physicians. He also speaks frequently to student, professional, and business groups on deferred compensation for executives, health and welfare plans, 401(k) plans, and other employee benefit matters. For many years Bill served as an adjunct professor at Georgia State University.  He has taught graduate level courses in both the College of Business and the College of Law.  He retired from the classroom in 2009.

Presbyterian CollegeBS 1973Emory UniversityJ.D. 1976Emory UniversityLL.M 1982
Order of the CoifWorldwide Employee Benefits Network (WEBSouthern Employee Benefits ConferenceAmerican Bar AssociationGeorgia Bar Association Atlanta Bar Association

Case History

Experience — Bill Gray focuses his practice on the design, establishment, and maintenance of qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and nonqualified deferred compensation plans for employers.  His practice extends beyond this, however, with experience in trustee representation, plan terminations, the use of employee benefit plans to assist in leveraged buyouts, and the employee benefits aspects of corporate transactions.  In recent years Bill has assisted employers who have received, or are potentially liable for, large claims from multiemployer pension plans.

Office Location

One Ninety One Peachtree Tower, Suite 4800
191 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
United States


Practice Areas

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law