William Clay

Civil Plaintiff
The Willis Law Group, PLLC
1985 Forest Lane
Garland, TX 75042
214-736-9433
www.thewillislawgroup.com


William J. Clay is a versatile trial attorney with a solid track record of litigation success in various facets of the law.  William has extensive trial experience in both state and federal courts having tried more than 100 cases to a jury verdict. Employing a unique approach to litigation matters, William tailors his representation to his clients' needs and goals.  At the inception of representation, William conducts a case assessment.  During this assessment, he works with the client to define goals and prepare a case strategy, so that those goals may be successfully met whether through ADR, summary judgment or trial on the merits of the case.

William's experience includes litigating cases in aviation, transportation, construction, products liability and personal injury practice areas.

Representative Clients:

AIG
American Eagle
Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Dillard's
Farmers Insurance
IT Corporation
Liberty Mutual
Ogden Ground Services
Otis Elevator
Residential Warranty Corporation
The McArthur Foundation

Representative Experience


Environmental Litigation:
One of three attorneys on a trial team that successfully prosecuted and obtained a jury verdict of $84 million in breach of contract action against a party who refused to pay for equipment ordered for an environmental clean up site. IT Corp. v. Motco, 904. F. Supp. 1106 (S.D. Tex 1994)

Construction:

Successfully defended a construction company in a wrongful death action on behalf of a family of a deceased employee who died when trench walls collapsed on him
Lead counsel in the defense of numerous claims against a major homebuilder warranty company resulting in favorable verdicts for the defendant

Aviation:

Successfully defended a helicopter manufacture in a wrongful death action brought on behalf of the estate of decedent who died when the helicopter crashed
Successfully defended a major regional airline against claims from passengers who alleged pilot error and caused turbulent landing, which resulted in significant injuries

Insurance Defense:

Senior trial counsel for major commercial and personal lines insurance company responsible for defending against claims of high exposure
Lead counsel in the defense of numerous claims against major insurance companies that routinely resulted in favorable verdicts for defendants
Successfully defended a major department store in a malicious prosecution case in which plaintiff claimed that he was wrongfully detained and charged with shoplifting

Admissions

State Bar of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Professional Affiliations

Board Certified Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, December 1993-2008
Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy, SMU Dedman School of Law
Frequent lecturer for Continuing Legal Education Seminars
American Inns of Court, Alumnus (Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn)
Leadership Dallas, Alumnus

Community

American Foundation for the Blind, Former Board Member
USA Film Festival, Former Board Member
National College of Advocacy, Past Faculty Member

Education

J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1986
B.A., Government, University of Texas at Austin, 1980

Practices

Construction Law
Product Liability
Transportation Industry