William D. Newcomb

Partner / Atlanta

William is a Litigation Partner at Carlock Copeland. He also currently serves as the firm’s Risk Management Counsel and Assistant General Counsel.

William specializes in complex commercial litigation, product liability, director & officer, premises liability, and other general liability litigation. He has successfully handled numerous jury and bench trials. William prides himself on listening carefully to his clients’ needs and finding creative and cost-efficient solutions to their legal problems.

William’s commercial practice focuses primarily on professional liability. He represents accountants, attorneys, trustees, health care providers, real estate brokers/agents, home inspectors, appraisers, and other professionals against a wide variety of claims including malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, defamation, and fraud. William is frequently retained before litigation to evaluate and control his clients’ exposure to potential lawsuits. He also represents his clients in connection with investigations by professional review boards and agencies.

William is Co-Chair of Carlock Copeland’s Product Liability practice group. He has represented domestic and foreign-based manufacturers of pharmaceutical, medical device, chemical, food, tobacco, motor vehicle, and other general-use products. William has defended companies in the construction, telecommunication, hospitality, aviation, retail, and entertainment industries against premises and other general liability claims. His significant experience ranges from handling catastrophic personal injury cases to defending slip-and-fall and property damage claims.  He also works with his clients to develop internal risk management policies and procedures designed to avoid litigation. Prior to joining Carlock Copeland, William practiced at international law firms in New York City and Tampa where he defended product liability, premises liability, mass tort, and commercial litigation lawsuits.

In 2014, William was one of 25 attorneys across the country selected to the American Bar Association’s biennial TIPS Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy’s stated mission is to serve the public by providing participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead the legal profession as well as the general community. William currently serves on several ABA/TIPS committees, including the Section Conference Task Force and Revenue Enhancement Standing Committee, and was appointed Vice-Chair of the Product Liability Committee. William will serve as Vice-Chair to the Self-Insurers and Risk Managers General Committee for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

William has lectured on litigation techniques at Georgia State University College of Law and presented various seminars to professionals on trends in the legal industry.

William is a member of the Georgia and Florida Bars.

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