William Hawal has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America and a Super Lawyer for years. The American Trial Lawyers Association also selected him as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Ohio. Selection for this association is extended to civil plaintiff attorneys by special invitation. Candidates are considered for membership based on superior qualifications, leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile in the trial lawyer community.
Super Lawyers magazine has recognized Bill to be among the top 5% of attorneys in Ohio specializing in the personal injury and medical malpractice practice areas. He has been invited to lecture on various topics related to personal injury trial practice. The publishers of Law & Politics recognize Bill as an "Ohio Super Lawyer."
Bill litigates a wide variety of complex matters involving:
He has litigated numerous cases across the country involving defective pharmaceuticals and medical devices, including such notorious drugs as Thalidomide and DES.
Bill served as one of the lead lawyers conducting discovery into GE Healthcare's liability in the Federal Multidistrict Litigation related to the MRI contrast agent Omniscan, which caused severe and debilitating injuries to people across the U.S.
He also has extensive experience in product liability litigation, having successfully tried and settled cases involving defective helicopter components, automobiles, farm equipment, industrial machines, and consumer products.
Bill is particularly proud of the lasting relationships that he has developed with many of his clients.
He was elected president of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Ohio Chapter for 2012. He has also been named a fellow of the International Society of Barristers. He is a past president of The Cleveland Academy of Trial Lawyers, a recipient of a distinguished service award from The Ohio Association for Justice, a member of the Executive Board of the Ohio Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and he's been appointed a lifetime member of the Eighth District Judicial Conference.
Bill is a 1980 cum laude graduate from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he served on the law review.
Languages Spoken: Ukrainian
Licensed since 1980
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Super Lawyer||Ohio Super Lawyers||2013|
|Best Lawyer in America - Medical Malpractice Law||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Ohio Super Lawyers||2012|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America||American Trial Lawyers Association||2011|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers||2011|
|Super Lawyer||Ohio Super Lawyers||2011|
|Best Lawyer in America||Best Lawyers in America||2010|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America||American Trial Lawyers Association||2010|
|Super Lawyer||Ohio Super Lawyers||2010|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyer||American Trial Lawyers Association||2009|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers||2009|
|Super Lawyer||Ohio Super Lawyers||2009|
|Super Lawyer||Ohio Super Lawyers||2008|
|Super Lawyer||Ohio Super Lawyers||2007|
|Super Lawyer||Ohio Super Lawyers||2006|
|AV Rating||Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory||N/A|
|Distinguished Service Award||Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers||N/A|
|Partner||Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP||1980 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|American Board of Trial Advocates||President-Elect||2011 - 2012|
|American Board of Trial Advocates||Secretary||2009 - 2010|
|Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys||President||1996 - 1997|
|Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys||Member||1980 - Present|
|Ohio State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Constitution Society for Law and Policy||Member||N/A|
|Ohio Association for Justice||Member||N/A|
|American Association of Justice||Member||N/A|
|Ohio Eighth Judicial Conference||Member||N/A|
|Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1980|
|Ohio University||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1976|