William J. McKenney, "Bill", has practiced law for over 32 years. His background includes extensive civil and criminal trial experience in State and Federal courts. He specializes in criminal law, wrongful death cases, D.U.I., medical malpractice, product liability, premise liability, and trucking accidents.
Bill held the positions of Adjunct Professor (Constitutional Law), Police Commissioner, Assistant District Attorney, and Law Enforcement Officer in both New York and Georgia. He has taught criminal procedure and the law of search and seizure at various Georgia police academies. He has served as a designated arbitrator and has been a candidate for the Superior Court of Cobb County.
Bill's law enforcement experience has complimented his criminal, personal injury, and wrongful death practice. It has been of particular value in cases involving accident reconstruction, trucking fatalities and premise liability.
Appeared on CNN, WSB, FOX, ABC, and Gannett Television Stations as a guest commentator to discuss laws governing the Impeachment of the President, the O.J Simpson Trial, police shooting issues, D.U.I. laws, ammunition approved for law enforcement, constitutional rights of citizens accused of crimes, and search and seizure laws, in addition to local stories of interest.
Successfully represented City of Atlanta Court Judges and other government officials in disputes with the State of Georgia involving equal pay issues. He has represented numerous law enforcement officials in civil, criminal, and administrative matters.
Bill has been lead counsel in over 100 jury trials. In civil matters he has been retained in and won substantial recoveries for his clients in medical malpractice cases and wrongful death cases. Those cases include brain injuries, elective surgery, drug interactions, anesthesia, spinal cord injuries, and OB/GYN issues. Bill has won numerous seven figure verdicts. He is a strong advocate for patient's rights and informed consent legislation.
Holds the highest rating (AV) given by Martin Hubbell. This rating is based upon confidential opinions of judges and practicing lawyers, and reflects Bill's history of winning large verdicts and settlements for clients in civil matters.
Bill has represented judges, state and federal officials, major airline officials, oil companies, sports and television news anchors, and various professional athletes including NFL Star running back Jamal Lewis in contract litigation, criminal law and administrative law matters.
Argued more than 50 cases in the Georgia Supreme Court, The Georgia Court of Appeals, as well as the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Admitted to state and federal courts on a pro hac vice bases in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C.
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1979||01/14/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Highest Possible Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards||AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Commendation for Dedicated Service||New York State Assembly||2011|
|Highest Possible Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards||AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell||2011|
|Highest Possible Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards||AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell||2010|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||The American Trial Lawyers Association||2010|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||The American Trial Lawyers Association||2009|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||The American Trial Lawyers Association||2008|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||The American Trial Lawyers Association||2007|
|Attorney||McKenney and Froelich Attorneys at Law||1981 - Present|
|Assistant to the Chief of Police||Atlanta Police Department, GA||1980 - 1981|
|Assistant District Attorney||Nassau County, NY||1979 - 1980|
|Police Commissioner||Nassau County Police Department, NY||1978 - 1979|
|Adjunct Professor, Constitutional Law||Westbury Campus of the New York Institute||1975 - 1977|
|Police Officer||Nassau County Police Department, NY||1970 - 1978|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Atlanta Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Certified Law Enforcement Officer – New York||Member||N/A|
|Motorcycle Injury Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|American Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America||Member||N/A|
|Georgia Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member||N/A|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Cobb County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Certified Peace Officer - Georgia||Member||N/A|
|St John's University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1975|
|St John's University||N/A||B.S.B.A||1970|
|Channel 5 News||Truck Collisions||2011|
|Channel 5 News||High Speed Pursuits||2005|
|Channel 5 News||Use of Excessive Force||2003|
|Channel 5 News||Impeachment of the President||1998|