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:
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.