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Will has dedicated his entire career as an attorney to the litigation of civil and injury claims where he has represented only plaintiffs. Prior to forming Owens & Miller, Will was the Lead Attorney of the Personal Injury Division of a statewide high volume television marketing injury firm based in Raleigh. Will has a proven track record with appearances in the Superior Court Divisions of 35 counties throughout North Carolina, with numerous jury cases tried to verdict in 8 of these counties. In addition, he appears before the North Carolina Industrial Commission and federal court in the United States District Court. He has successfully negotiated, prosecuted, and litigated claims and cases with all major insurance carriers and most defense firms throughout central North Carolina. Will is frequently selected by fellow attorneys to serve as an Arbitrator in the binding arbitration of contractual disputes typically involving insurance coverage. Will has taught seminars at continuing legal education (CLE) courses, where he has helped teach other attorneys the in’s and out’s of civil litigation, trial work, and insurance coverage.

In 2007, Will was first inducted as a member of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in North Carolina, a section of The National Trial Lawyers. Membership is limited to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state. Selection for The National Trial Lawyers is extended to civil plaintiff and criminal defense attorneys by special invitation. Candidates are considered for membership in The National Trial Lawyers based on superior qualifications, leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile in the Trial Lawyer community.At the time of his induction, Will was the youngest member of the Top 100. You can find more information at


Will is a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States.  Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements.  The organization was founded in 1993 and there are approximately 3000 members located throughout the country.  Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.  Forum membership acknowledges excellence in advocacy, and provides members with a national network of experienced colleagues for professional referral and information exchange in major cases.  Members must have acted as principal counsel in at least one case in which their client has received a verdict, award or settlement in the amount of one million dollars or more. 


Will is also an active member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, as well as the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA), which is a national organization of committed attorneys who have joined together to help eliminate unsafe and illegal interstate trucking practices.


Will was honored to be recognized by a "Rising Star" in SuperLawyers magazine in 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016.  Upon nomination, a research team reviews the credentials of potential candidates and assigns points based on a set of defined evaluation criteria. The point totals from the general survey and research process are then added to arrive at a final tally. The lawyers are ranked by point totals and those with the highest point totals are named to the Rising Stars list. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the list. To ensure a diverse and well-balanced list, the research staff considers factors such as firm size, practice area and geographic location.


In July 2013, Will was honored to receive an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a division of LexisNexis®.  The AV Preeminent Rating is Martindale-Hubbell's highest possible rating for both ethical standards and legal ability. 



Will enjoys the satisfaction of a job well done, along with the look of satisfaction on his clients’ faces after he has helped them through a difficult time. Will’s current practice includes but is not limited to Complex Civil Litigation, Personal Injury Claims, Wrongful Death Claims, Tractor Trailer Collisions, Motorcycle Injury Claims, Worker’s Compensation, and Premises Liability Claims.


Will was born and raised in Oxford, North Carolina, as the son of two public school teachers. He attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice in 1998 (and also met his wife Samantha). Prior to attending law school, he worked at IBM in Research Triangle Park, where he represented the interests of IBM in the negotiation and resolution of commercial financial contract disputes. After time in the business world, Will attended Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University where he earned a Juris Doctorate while graduating with honors in the top of his class. While at Campbell, he earned Book Awards for Pre-Trial Litigation and North Carolina Motor Vehicle Law. He also received Honors Awards in Advanced Trial Advocacy.

Will and his wife Samantha, who is a Clinical Research Auditor here in the Triangle, make their home in North Raleigh along with their son, Zachary. When not in the courtroom or office, Will spends his time fishing, boating, canoeing the Neuse River, golfing, landscaping, and spending as much time as possible with good friends in coastal North Carolina.


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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 50%
  2. Trucking Accident: 20%
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
  4. Wrongful Death: 10%



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Owens & Miller, PLLC

4030 Wake Forest Road
Suite 101
Raleigh, NC, 27609


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Rising Star 2014North Carolina Super Lawyers2014
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Rising Star 2013SuperLawyers Magazine2013
TOP 100 TRIAL LAWYERS of NORTH CAROLINAThe National Trial Lawyers2012
THE TOP 100 TRIAL LAWYERS of North CarolinaThe National Trial Lawyers2011
THE TOP 100 TRIAL LAWYERS – North CarolinaThe National Trial Lawyers2010
Pre-Trial LitigationNorman Adrian Wiggins School of Law2005
North Carolina Motor Vehicle Law- Book AwardNorman Adrian Wiggins School of Law2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyHardison & Cochran, PLLC2006 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina Bar AssociationMemberN/A
North Carolina Academy of Trial LawyersMember- Communications Committee; Development CommitteeN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Tenth Judicial Circuit Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMember2015 - 2015
Wake County Bar AssociationMember- Bar Candidate Interview CommitteeN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Hardison & Cochran Consumer GuideSeven Big Mistakes to Avoid After a Big Rig Trucking Accident2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of North Carolina, WilmingtonCriminal JusticeBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Winning Trial Strategies for the 21st CenturyThe Plaintiff's Case- Opening Statements and the Plaintiff's Evidence2014
Auto Injury Litigation From Start to FinishArbitration and Litigation: Preparation Tips and Hearing Strategies2014
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeTrial of a Motor Vehicle Case2013
NC Continuing Legal Eduction CourseManaging Liens & Subrogation in Auto Accident Litigation2013
Personal Injury 101The Basics of Uninsured & Underinsured Motorists Claims2011