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William G. Somerville

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Will Somerville concentrates his practice in business litigation, including health care litigation, employment law and gaming law.

Professional Biography

Overview

In addition to defending employers in matters ranging from class action discrimination cases to wage and hour investigations, Mr. Somerville has successfully handled a wide variety of complex and commercial cases on behalf of corporate litigants. His successful representations include prosecuting insurance coverage cases, breach of contract claims, and computer software disputes on behalf of major financial institutions; prosecuting and defending trade secret and intentional interference claims involving corporate plaintiffs and defendants; defending manufacturers in products liability litigation; and extensive litigation on behalf of gaming manufacturers and operators in state and federal courts.

Mr. Somerville has considerable litigation experience in the health care industry, as well. This includes representing entities in certificate of need litigation; defending health care institutions in litigation brought by physicians; litigating business disputes between hospitals; litigation against governmental entities; and other types of general business litigation.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Labor and Employment Law (since 2010) and Commercial Litigation (since 2011)  
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor (2012 – 2017) 
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Seybourn H. Lynne, United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama (1986 – 1987)
  • Member – Birmingham Bar Association
  • Member – Alabama State Bar Association (Labor Law Section)
  • Member – American Bar Association (Committee on Employee Rights and Responsibilities of Labor and Employment Law Section, 1993 – present)
  • Member – International Association of Gaming Advisors
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers as a leading labor & employment lawyer in Alabama (2008 – 2014)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Speaking Engagements

Education

  • University of Alabama Law School, J.D., 1986
    • Editor in Chief – Alabama Law Review, 1985 – 1986
    • Hugo L. Black Scholar
    • M. Leigh Harrison Scholar
  • Harvard University, B.A., 1983

Admissions

  • Alabama, 1987

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