Bill obtained his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Alabama and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. Upon graduation form law school in 1974 he began his professional career in Selma, Alabama, as a general practitioner with a concentration in real estate law. Recognizing the unique estate planning challenges facing rural landowners, Bill returned to school in 1977 and, after two years of commuting to classes while continuing to practice on a regular basis, he obtained a Master of Laws (in Taxation), with high honors, from the University of Alabama School of Law.
Bill’s tax degree not only enhanced his real estate and estate planning practice, but enabled him to develop a transactional practice that has covered a broad spectrum, ranging from the purchase and sale of owner-managed businesses to complex financing transactions for governmental entities involving hundreds of millions of dollars. His practice also includes tax controversy resolution, business succession planning and employee benefits. Thriving on creative solutions to complex issues, and believing that “if you are through changing, you are through”, Bill considers himself forever a student of the ever-changing tax laws. He is listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Super Lawyers", holds an “AV Preeminent” Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating and has also been recognized by his peers in surveys appearing in various local publications.
Bill was born in Chicago, raised in Birmingham and has been married to his wife Gail for 42 years. They have two children, Patrick and Ellen.
A strong proponent of community service, Bill is an alumnus of Leadership Birmingham and has served in leadership positions in volunteer organizations at both the local and national levels. Whether promoting business development through the Birmingham Business Alliance or public health policy for non-governmental health organizations, Bill is guided by the words of George Bernard Shaw, “You see things that are and say, ‘why?’ But I dream things that never were and say, ‘why not?’”
Professional and Civic Affiliations
American Bar Association; Alabama State Bar Association; Birmingham Bar Association; Birmingham Tax Forum; Birmingham Estate Planning Council; American Institute of Federal Taxation (Board of Trustees); TechBirmingham (Secretary/Treasurer); University of Alabama-Birmingham, School of Public Health (Chairman of Advisory Board); American Heart Association, Inc. (National Board Chair 2000-2001); Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Inc.(Board of Directors);Adjunct Instructor University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Business 2006-2007; Adjunct Professor University Alabama School of Law 2004; Friends of the World Heart Federation Trust (Trustee/Secretary-Treasurer/Legal Counsel); University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies (Board of Visitors); Black Belt Action Commission (Commissioner); Leadership Birmingham (Class of 1996/Programs Co-Chair 2005-2006)