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Mr. Wallace is a native North Carolinian, having grown up in Raleigh. After graduation from high school, he graduated with a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1992 where he studied political science, history, and Spanish.
William subsequently attended the University of Richmond to obtain his law degree, and since graduating in 1998, he has practiced law in Charlotte and the surrounding region. He has significant experience handling various litigation matters, including personal injury, Workers’ Compensation claims, construction defect claims, and general civil litigation.
Initially, he worked as an attorney representing the interests of insurance companies and defendants in Workers’ Compensation and civil litigation matters. While he gained significant experience, he wanted to protect the interests of injured workers and individuals instead of big insurance companies.
So in 2003, he began his career as a plaintiff’s attorney, focusing on representing individuals injured at work, people injured as a result of the negligence of others, and homeowners dealing with defective work on their homes. He continues to represent the interests of individuals to this day.
Board-Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation
As a board-certified specialist in Workers’ Compensation law, William focuses most of his practice on representing North Carolina workers seriously injured on the job. People often assume that Workers’ Compensation is simply personal injury law applied to injuries at work. That is far from the case.
Workers’ Compensation is a unique area of the law, and each state has its specific law that applies to injuries at work. Specifically, rules govern what the law covers types of damages at work, and the remedies available to injured workers are limited. Injured workers do not have to prove their injury was due to their employer’s negligence. Workers’ Compensation law only provides benefits for time out of work, medical treatment, and any permanent impairment an injured worker may have. Therefore injured workers need to seek an attorney who focuses on Workers’ Compensation cases and who knows and stays up-to-date on the latest developments and changes in the law.
William finds it very satisfying to help people obtain the compensation they are entitled to under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. Often, a work injury means that an injured worker has to find a new line of work due to physical limitations, and it is gratifying to help them as they transition. William is also an NCDRC Certified Superior Court Mediator and has experience mediating civil disputes and Workers Compensation claims.
He is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the American Association for Justice, the North Carolina Association for Justice, the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group (“WILG”), and the North Carolina Bar Association the Mecklenburg Bar County Bar. He is the former Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Workers Compensation Section, which comprises both plaintiffs’ and defense attorneys, and is currently on the board of WILG.
Additionally, when North Carolina modified its bar exam process and adopted the Universal Bar Exam (UBE), Will was a part of the committee that formulated the Workers’ Compensation portion of the North Carolina-Specific Component of the revised bar exam.
He is married and has three children, along with too many pets to list. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, gardening, watching sports, cheering for the Tar Heels, and being on or near the water whenever possible. He also confesses to enjoying video games, even though he admits that his skills and reflexes are not what they used to be.
- J.D., University of Richmond, 1998
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- North Carolina
- Middle District of North Carolina
- Western District of North Carolina
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