William Hawal - Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP

William Hawal

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 216-696-3232

William Hawal has been consistently voted among The Best Lawyers in America® in the Medical Malpractice Law practice area. This listing has been called the most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. For more than 25 years, it has assisted lawyers and clients looking for legal counsel in unfamiliar specialties and in foreign jurisdictions.

William Hawal has also has been selected by The American Trial Lawyers Association (a professional, educational, and business organization of trial attorneys) as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Ohio. Selection for this association is extended to civil plaintiff attorneys by special invitation. Candidates are considered for membership based on superior qualifications, leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile in the Trial Lawyer community. In 2013, Bill was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Super Lawyers® magazine has recognized William Hawal to be among the top 5% of attorneys in Ohio specializing in the Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice practice areas. Bill has been named a founding member of the Summit Counsel, a group of today’s top civil justice lawyers in the United States and has been granted a Fellowship in the International Society of Barristers.

William Hawal is the former President of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Ohio Chapter. He is a Past President of The Cleveland Academy of Trial Lawyers, a recipient of a distinguished service award from The Ohio Association for Justice, a member of the Executive Board of the Ohio Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and has been appointed a life member of the Eighth District Judicial Conference.  Bill is a 1980 cum laude graduate from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he served on the law review.

Bill is involved in litigating a wide variety of complex matters involving medical misdiagnoses, medical procedures, defective medical devices and drugs, legal malpractice and industrial and consumer products. Bill has litigated numerous cases across the country involving defective pharmaceuticals and medical devices.  He has had a central role in the gadolinium-based contrast litigation, serving as Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel in the Federal Multidistrict Litigation and as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for all of the federal court litigation.   He also has extensive experience in product liability litigation having successfully tried and settled cases involving defective helicopter components, automobiles, farm equipment, industrial machines, and consumer products. He is also experienced in representing individuals in high-profile civil rights lawsuits.  Bill has been invited to lecture on various topics related to personal injury trial practice.  He is particularly proud of the lasting relationships which he has developed with many of his clients.  

Ohio UniversityBA 1976Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of LawJ.D. 1980
American Board of Trial AdvocatesInternational Society of BarristersOhio 8th Judicial ConferenceAmerican Association of JusticeOhio Association of JusticeAmerican Trial Lawyers AssociationAmerican Constitution Society

Office Location

1001 Lakeside Avenue East, Suite 1700
Cleveland, OH 44114
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs of the Cleveland Metro Area
William Hawal has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs (Catastrophic Injury, Medical Negligence, Personal Injury, Pharmaceutical, Product Liability)