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William M. Starr


Bill Starr focuses his practice on aviation, toxic torts, products liability, and premises liability.

Professional Biography

Mr. Starr represents clients throughout state and federal courts of North Carolina with a focus on aviation. His clients include some of the world's largest airlines as well as fixed-base operators, certified repair stations, general aviation facilities, and manufacturers of aviation-related components.

Mr. Starr also focuses his practice on products liability and routinely represents manufacturers and suppliers of industrial equipment, vehicles, and operator/passenger restraints. He regularly handles wrongful death and catastrophic/personal injury cases stemming from products liability and toxic tort claims, as well as claims pursuant to international treaties such as the Montreal and Warsaw Conventions.

  • Obtained dismissals during pleadings stages in multiple cases asserted against some of the nation's largest airlines in claims of personal injury and wrongful death.

  • Prevailed on Rule 12 motion to dismiss in a case against an international air carrier asserting claims of discrimination and emotional distress.

  • Obtained dismissals on behalf of multiple airlines on grounds of preemption in cases of injury sustained in the course of international travel.

  • Awarded summary judgment in multiple cases of asbestos exposure asserted against manufacturers of a bevy of industrial equipment including, pumps, valves, boilers, steam traps, and gaskets.

  • Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year – Safe Alliance (2024)
  • Pro Bono Star – Safe Alliance (2023)
  • Listed on the Legal 500 for Dispute resolution: Product liability, mass tort, and class action – defense: toxic tort (2021 – 2022)
  • Board of Directors – North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (2017 – 2019)
    • Chair – Products Liability Committee (2015)
    • Vice-chair – Products Liability Committee (2014)
  • Selected to North Carolina Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, Aviation and Aerospace (2013, 2017 – 2018)
  • Member – North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center, North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society (2017 – 2019)
  • Listed as a "Legal Elite Young Gun" by Business North Carolina (2011, 2013)
  • Member – Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Corporate Counsel Committee – American Bar Association
    • Former North Carolina State Liaison
  • "The Importance and Methods of Pre-Suit Investigation," 2022 Annual Conference of National Association for Legal Support Professionals (September 2022)


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2003
  • State University of New York College at Geneseo, B.A., 2000


  • North Carolina, 2003

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