Contact:

Ridge Park Place, Suite 3000
1130 22nd Street South
Birmingham, AL 35205
(205) 259-1039 (direct)
(205) 251-5479 (fax)
whm@nwkt.com
Kerry Hunton, Legal Assistant
(205) 328-6643

William H. McKenzie, IV

 

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William H. McKenzie, IV

William is a sought-after trial attorney and an industry thought leader for results-based communication.   He has litigated matters in 29 different states (over 40 cases in Federal Court alone), 100’s of cases in state courts, multiple arbitrations, and won in the Alabama Supreme Court.  He is valued as a confident problem solver and personable tactician.  William has become:

  • National Coverage Counsel for One of the World’s Largest Hotel Chains.
  • Chief Alabama Counsel for a Fortune 100 Company.
  • Chief Alabama Counsel for the Industry’s Largest Full Truckload Carrier.
  • Chief Alabama Counsel for a New York-based Insurance Company.

William began his career with a prominent litigation firm and joined NWKT as an equity partner in 2012 so he could leverage the efficiency, freedom, and rates of a small firm.   After achieving great results in Alabama cases, William was asked by his clients to obtain special admission in other states to serve as lead trial counsel across the country.  He now enjoys a cutting-edge national practice out of his tight-knit firm in Alabama.   

William’s diversified national trial practice includes representing large companies, global and national insurers (and reinsurers), and marketplace leaders in complex and catastrophic bet-the-company litigation.  He serves as lead national trial counsel for one of the world’s largest hotel chains in complex insurance coverage matters – trying and litigating its matters around the United States – ultimately leading him to win one of the most important trials in the U.S. Southern District of New York in 2021.  Some of his recent representative cases (outside of his home states of Alabama and Mississippi) include: 

  • Starr Indem. & Liab. Co. v. Choice Hotels Int’l, Inc., No. 20-CV-3172 (PKC), 2021 WL 2457107, at *1 (S.D.N.Y. June 16, 2021)
    • Won at Trial
  • Millers Cap. Ins. Co. v. Vasant, et al. No. CV RDB-18-0553, 2018 WL 5295899, at *1 (D. Md. Oct. 25, 2018)
    • Won on Summary Judgment
  • Nautilus Ins. Co. v. Best Easternet al. 7:20-cv-00065-HL  (M.D. Ga. 2020)
    • Favorable Dismissal
  • Owners Ins. Co. v. Choice Hotels Int’l, Inc., No. 5:20-cv-00021 (E.D. N.C. 2021)
    • Won on Summary Judgment (March 4, 2022)
  • Great Lakes Ins. SE v. EHP Columbus II, LLC et al., No. 1:21-cv-2948  (S.D. Ind. 2021)

William’s other discrete clientele include transportation companies, manufacturers, agribusiness, hospitality, retailers, and food suppliers. And his substantial insurance practice (handling bad faith, coverage, extra-contractual, catastrophic personal injury torts, trucking and transportation, wrongful death, and bet-the-company exposures) rounds out his robust practice.  

Why William Wins

William’s dynamic yet down-to-earth personality enables him to effectively frame issues to the Court and persuade the jury.  In resolving matters pre-suit, William’s financial background, vast jury trial experience, and insurance coverage knowledge help him to quickly identify leverage points to win.  Core to William’s success is that he is a life-long learner, extremely competitive, and an early adopter of technology.  

Several times each year, William serves as a national keynote speaker on a variety of emerging litigation topics, communication tactics, and trial technology before several industry groups including the Defense Research Institute, RIMS, the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, the Atlantic Claims Executive Association, and the Harmonie Group.  William has published countless papers and has been quoted in numerous leading industry publications including Law360®, the International Association of Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute, and Business Alabama magazine.

If you hate wasting time and want to cut to the heart of a matter, William is your lawyer.  He is a high-energy problem solver.  William was selected to the Mid-South Super Lawyers® and Alabama Super Lawyers® list (2012-2021). 

Most importantly: William is happily married, a proud father of three children, and loves serving with his church.  William coaches his kids’ sports teams and is a passionate hunter and fly fisherman.  He lives every day with great joy!

Education

University of Mississippi-  B.B.A. Finance (with distinction)- 2002

University of Mississippi-  Juris Doctorate (with distinction)- 2005  

 

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