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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:


  • medical misdiagnoses;

  • medical procedures; defective medical devices;

  • accounting and legal malpractice;

  • aircraft crashes; and

  • industrial and consumer products.


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

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Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 50%
  2. Defective Products: 40%
  3. Personal Injury: 10%



Contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP

1001 Lakeside Avenue East, Suite 1700
Cleveland, OH, 44114


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2013
Best Lawyer in America - Medical Malpractice LawBest Lawyers in America2013
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2012
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2011
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2011
Best Lawyer in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2010
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2010
Top 100 Trial LawyerAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2009
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2009
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2008
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2007
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2006
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell Legal DirectoryN/A
Distinguished Service AwardOhio Academy of Trial LawyersN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSpangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP1980 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Cleveland Academy of Trial AttorneysMember1980 - Present
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Ohio State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Constitution Society for Law and PolicyMemberN/A
Ohio Association for JusticeMemberN/A
American Association of JusticeMemberN/A
Ohio Eighth Judicial ConferenceMemberN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesPresident-Elect2011 - 2012
American Board of Trial AdvocatesSecretary2009 - 2010
Cleveland Academy of Trial AttorneysPresident1996 - 1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Ohio UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1976