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 http://www.thenationaltriallawyers.org/top-100-lawyers-north-carolina.html.
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. http://digital.superlawyers.com/superlawyers/northcarolina2013#pg1
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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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Member||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2015|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Rising Star 2014||North Carolina Super Lawyers||2014|
|AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Rising Star 2013||SuperLawyers Magazine||2013|
|TOP 100 TRIAL LAWYERS of NORTH CAROLINA||The National Trial Lawyers||2012|
|THE TOP 100 TRIAL LAWYERS of North Carolina||The National Trial Lawyers||2011|
|THE TOP 100 TRIAL LAWYERS – North Carolina||The National Trial Lawyers||2010|
|Pre-Trial Litigation||Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law||2005|
|North Carolina Motor Vehicle Law- Book Award||Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law||2005|
|Attorney||Hardison & Cochran, PLLC||2006 - 2011|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|North Carolina Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers||Member- Communications Committee; Development Committee||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Tenth Judicial Circuit Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America||Member||N/A|
|National Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Million Dollar Advocates Forum||Member||2015 - 2015|
|Wake County Bar Association||Member- Bar Candidate Interview Committee||N/A|
|Hardison & Cochran Consumer Guide||Seven Big Mistakes to Avoid After a Big Rig Trucking Accident||2010|
|Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|University of North Carolina, Wilmington||Criminal Justice||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|Winning Trial Strategies for the 21st Century||The Plaintiff's Case- Opening Statements and the Plaintiff's Evidence||2014|
|Auto Injury Litigation From Start to Finish||Arbitration and Litigation: Preparation Tips and Hearing Strategies||2014|
|North Carolina Advocates for Justice||Trial of a Motor Vehicle Case||2013|
|NC Continuing Legal Eduction Course||Managing Liens & Subrogation in Auto Accident Litigation||2013|
|Personal Injury 101||The Basics of Uninsured & Underinsured Motorists Claims||2011|