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William David Goren

Discrimination Attorney at Decatur, GA

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Learn William’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Discrimination
    Focusing on understanding all titles of the ADA so that the client understands how to comply with that law and related laws.

    33 years

  2. Administrative law
    Focusing on understanding administrative codes so that the client understands how disability nondiscrimination laws are implemented.

    33 years

  3. Animal law
    Focusing on helping the client to understand the statutes, regulations, and guidances pertaining to service animals, emotional support animals, and assistance animals (ADA, ACAA, FHA).

    11 years

  4. Education
    Focusing on developing preventive systems so that educational insitutitons can maximize their ADA compliance.

    30 years

  5. Employment and labor
    Focusing on helping to understand the labor and employment aspects of the ADA so that it works for you, your company, or your institution.

    33 years

  6. Arbitration
    FINRA arbitrator; arbitrator, CPR employment panel.

    6 years

  7. Constitutional
    Focusing on helping to understand how constitutional law affects persons with disabilities so that it works for you, your company, or your institution.

    33 years

William Goren is one of the country’s foremost authorities on the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Since 1990, he has been advising on ADA compliance as both an attorney and professor—of which during his time as a full-time academic at various institutions in Chicago, he won numerous teaching awards and achieved tenure.

With the goal of making the ADA/Rehabilitation Act and related laws understandable so that employers, governmental entities, businesses, and even individuals understand what it means to comply with the ADA/Rehabilitation Act and related laws (related laws include, among others, the Air Carrier Access Act, the Fair Housing Act, and constitutional law), Mr. Goren provides consulting, counseling, representation, and training services12 to higher education institutions, public and private corporations, non-profit organizations, professional sports teams, government entities, and individuals. His approach favors prevention as a safeguard to costly litigation. Mr. Goren is also a FINRA arbitrator and a member of the Employment Arbitration Panel for CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution13.

A licensed attorney in Georgia, Illinois and Texas, Mr. Goren also brings a deep, personal understanding of what it means to have a disability, equipping him with exceptional insight on how the ADA actually works. He is deaf with a congenital bilateral hearing loss of 65–90+ decibels, but functions entirely in the hearing world thanks to hearing aids and lip-reading. For reasons unrelated to his deafness, he uses voice dictation technology to access the computer.

Mr. Goren is the author of Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act,14 Fourth Edition (published by the American Bar Association, 2013). A prolific writer and researcher, Mr. Goren has penned numerous other articles on the rights of persons with disabilities and publishes the Understanding the ADA blog — an ABA Top 100 Legal Blawg five consecutive years — which discusses current topics relating to complying with the ADA and related

Mr. Goren has always been very involved in bar activities, including but not limited to: founder, founding member, and was the first president of the National Association of Attorneys with Disabilities (NAAD); the Federal Bar Association Diversity Task Force; American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section and its: client and marketing development committee, knowledge, strategy and productivity committee, and the legal technology resource center board; and the DeKalb County Bar Association. Previously, Mr. Goren has served on the Illinois Standing Committee on Disability Law, the Texas Bar Standing Committee on Disability Issues Committee, and was a co-chair of the Civil Rights/Constitutional Law committee of the Chicago Bar Association.

Mr. Goren received his B.A. from Vassar College, his J.D. from the University of San Diego, and his LL.M. in Health Law from DePaul University.

Mr. Goren resides in Decatur, Georgia with his wife and daughter. In his spare time, he is a voracious reader and loves sports.

Licensed for 37 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2012
Updated 11/03/2022
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1990
Updated 10/23/2022
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1985
Updated 01/05/2023

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William D. Goren J.D. LL.M. LLC
P.O. Box 2375
Decatur, GA, 30031


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Work Experience

  • Consultant/Attorney
  • William D. Goren, J.D., LL.M.
  • 1993 - Present
  • Professor
  • South Suburban College
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Professor
  • Northwestern Business College
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Professor
  • MaCormac College
  • 1999 - 2002
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  • DePaul University College of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1989
  • University of San Diego
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • Vassar College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982


  • American Bar Association
  • Member, LP Strategy and Productivity and Knowledge Committee
  • 2020 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member, LP Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • 2019 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member LP Client Development and Marketing Committee
  • 2019 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member, Legal Technology Resource Center Board
  • 2018 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Diversity and Inclusion Standing Committee
  • 2017 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • 1990 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 1985 - Present
  • National Association of Attorneys with Disabilities
  • 1st President
  • 2013 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Disability Compliance For Higher Education
  • Consider an ADA Compliance Audit
  • 2016
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Speaking Engagements

  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
  • A Short Overview of Internet Accessibility Litigation
  • 2021
  • 22nd Annual Animal Protection and Wellness Exposition
  • Animals Everywhere: What Are the Laws, Regulation, and Guidances
  • 2020
  • 2020 Georgia magistrate training
  • Applications of the ADA in Georgia Magistrate Courts
  • 2020
  • ABA Law practice webinar
  • Leveraging Legal Technology so As to Promote Social Distancing and Accessibility
  • 2020
  • ABA Law practice webinar
  • Reopening Safely: Making the Right Choices and Accommodation for Your Workplace and Employees
  • 2020
  • Georgia volunteer lawyers for the arts Lunch and Learn
  • Sorting out Internet accessibility in the world of ADA compliance And Just What Are Effective Communication Regulations
  • 2020
  • ABA webinar
  • Practicing Law While Living Openly with a Disability
  • 2020
  • AHEAD webinar
  • Just what are your ADA obligations as a college or university when dealing with externship And Internship Programs
  • 2020
  • ABA webinar
  • Sorting out Internet accessibility and the World of ADA Compliance
  • 2020
  • LawPractice CLE webinar
  • ADA Compliance and Website Accessibility
  • 2019
  • State of GA ADA Coordinators Conference
  • Self-Evaluation and Transition Plans
  • 2019
  • State of GA ADA Coordinators Conference
  • Effective Communications under Title II of the ADA
  • 2019
  • 21st animal protection and wellness exposition
  • Service animals and emotional support animals: Just What Are the Rules?
  • 2019
  • Society of Human Resources Management, Minnesota Chapter State Conference
  • Hot Issues in Title I of the ADA
  • 2019
  • Georgia Municipal CourtJudges Law and Practice Update Seminar
  • Selected Topics in ADA Compliance for the Judiciary
  • 2019
  • Georgia Magistrate Training Conference
  • Applications of the ADA in Magistrate Courts
  • 2019
  • Massachusetts CLE webinar
  • The ADA and Internet Accessibility
  • 2019
  • Federal Bar Association Civil Rights Etoufee
  • School Safety and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: What You Need to Know
  • 2019
  • Municipal Court Judge's Law and Practice Update
  • Implicit Bias in the Courtroom
  • 2018
  • ABA Law Practice Webinar
  • Don't Let the ADA Bite You: Managing Your ADA ComplianceRisks
  • 2018
  • North Carolina state and municipalities Legal Update Conference
  • Critical Issues in Title II of the ADA
  • 2018
  • Federal Bar Association national convention
  • ADA Hot Issues: Labor and Employment Version
  • 2017
  • American Bar Association, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division
  • What the GP Solo practitioner needs to know about the ADA beyond Employment
  • 2013
  • Americans with Disabilities Act: An Overview
  • Americans with Disabilities Act and legal malpractice
  • 2012
  • The ADA: an Overview
  • The ADA: Emerging Issues
  • 2012
  • DuPage County Bar Association, CLE Committee
  • Is Mixed Motive Dead?
  • 2012
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