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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.



Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 30%
  2. Defective Products: 20%
  3. Medical Malpractice: 20%
  4. Wrongful Death: 20%
  5. Criminal Defense: 10%

Attorney endorsements

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  • J. Guy Sharpe Jr.

    I endorse this lawyer. Bill is a very creative and hard working lawyer who gets great results for his clients. I highly recommend him


    J. Sharpe Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Donald Clinton Turner

    I endorse this lawyer.i have known Bill for many years he does great work for his clients! He is a Top Gun in the defense bar


    Donald Turner DUI and DWI Attorney
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Contact info

McKenney & Froelich

50 Polk Street, NW
Marietta, GA, 30064


GAActive Member in Good Standing 197908/05/2016
NYCurrently registered 197607/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Highest Possible Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsAV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell2012
Commendation for Dedicated ServiceNew York State Assembly2011
Highest Possible Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsAV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell2011
Highest Possible Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsAV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell2010
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe American Trial Lawyers Association2010
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe American Trial Lawyers Association2009
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe American Trial Lawyers Association2008
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe American Trial Lawyers Association2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMcKenney and Froelich Attorneys at Law1981 - Present
Assistant to the Chief of PoliceAtlanta Police Department, GA1980 - 1981
Assistant District AttorneyNassau County, NY1979 - 1980
Police CommissionerNassau County Police Department, NY1978 - 1979
Adjunct Professor, Constitutional LawWestbury Campus of the New York Institute1975 - 1977
Police OfficerNassau County Police Department, NY1970 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
Atlanta Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Certified Law Enforcement Officer – New YorkMemberN/A
Motorcycle Injury Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of GeorgiaMemberN/A
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Cobb County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Certified Peace Officer - GeorgiaMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St John's University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
St John's UniversityN/AB.S.B.A1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Channel 5 NewsTruck Collisions2011
Channel 5 NewsHigh Speed Pursuits2005
Channel 5 NewsUse of Excessive Force2003
Channel 5 NewsImpeachment of the President1998