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About me

I am a native East Texan.  I was born in Marshall, and grew up  in Jefferson.  I attended Baylor University on a football scholarship, and went  to Law School at Baylor.  I have three grown children, two teenage stepchildren and a wonderful wife.  We enjoy golf and various outdoor activities, as well as travel. 


Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 65%
    10 years
  2. Litigation: 35%
    42 years



Hourly ($250-495/hour)

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • Glenn A. Perry

    I have known Bill Cornelius personally and professionally for over 30 years. In that time, I have appeared opposite him in several serious personal injury cases. Bill is a hardworking, talented, competent and resourceful attorney. He is not only an accomplished and successful litigator, but also a highly professional and ethical practitioner. I recommend him without reservation to anyone in need of a good lawyer.


    Glenn Perry Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Richard Craig Vasquez

    I endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked with Bill on several large patent infringement cases. Bill is an excellent trial lawyer, with keen insight and judgment. His demeanor in court is relaxed and credible, and he is well received by judges. He lends an uncommon wisdom to litigation matters, and has great consensus building skills. I would not hesitate to recommend Bill to any client or firm.


    Richard Vasquez Patent infringement Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Wilson, Robertson & Cornelius, A Professional Corporation

909 East Southeast Loop 323
Tyler, TX, 75701


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 197508/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2008
AssociateAmerican Board of Trial Advocates2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing ShareholderWilson Robertson & Cornelius1985 - Present
Senior Litigation CounselUnited States Attorneys Office1979 - 1985
AssociateMcLeod Alexander Powel & Apffel1975 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
Trucking Industry Defense AssociationN/A2005 - Present
Texas Bar FoundationLife Fellow1998 - Present
Texas Association of Defense CounselMember1990 - Present
Smith County Bar AssociationMember1979 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1975 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lee v Rooms to Go, et alSettled
CSIRO v Toshiba, et alSettled after a week of trial
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Smith County Bar AssociationA Mediator's Wish List2015
Ethics SeminarReversing the decline in civility among lawyers2015