William C. Athanas

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Birmingham, AL

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP
 | 1901 6th Ave. N, Suite 1400
Birmingham, AL 35203-2623
Phone: 205-214-6380
Fax: 205-214-8787
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2010
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (80%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney William C. Athanas is a partner with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, law firm and works primarily out of the firm's Birmingham, Alabama, law office. Licensed to practice in Alabama, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Mr. Athanas has nearly 25 years of legal experience, and he provides exceptional representation and support to clients who face charges or are under investigation for white collar crimes. In addition, he handles complex business litigation matters on a select basis.

A former federal prosecutor, Mr. Athanas has unique and invaluable insight into the criminal justice system from both sides, which makes him all the more effective at devising the best possible defense strategies for the accused. His client base includes individuals and companies in the manufacturing, health care and financial services industries, and he has successfully tried more than 20 cases to verdict, including 15 federal cases.

In addition to maintaining a successful trial practice, Mr. Athanas has become a recognized authority on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and he routinely counsels his corporate clients on international business and anti-corruption. Moreover, he also provides in-depth training for their employees and assists his clients with their anti-corruption policies. He also conducts internal investigations and helps his clients avoid any potential problems in the future.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Athanas has earned a top ranking from Chambers USA for General Commercial Litigation in Alabama along with consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America. Additionally, he has earned designation as among the top lawyers in the Mid-South region as well as a Top Lawyers for White Collar Defense designation from B-Metro Magazine.

A 1992 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Mr. Athanas obtained his Juris Doctor cum laude from Suffolk University Law School in 1995, where he was an active member of the Suffolk University Law Review. He is admitted to practice before all U.S. District Courts in Alabama, Massachusetts and New Hampshire as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st and 11th Circuits.

A leader in his legal community, Mr. Athanas currently serves as chair of the Alabama Bar Association's International Law Section and the organization's White Collar Crime Committee of the Criminal Justice Section.

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Practice Areas
  • 80%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 20%Business Litigation

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Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019

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About William Athanas

Admitted: 2010, Alabama

Professional Webpage: https://www.wallerlaw.com/our-people/171/Bill-Athanas?gs=nam...

Honors/Awards:

  • Named as Top Attorney in the field of White Collar Criminal Defense in the annual survey published by Birmingham Magazine, Top Attorney, White Collar Criminal Defense, Birmingham Magazine, 2012
  • White Collar Criminal Defense, 2018, B-Metro Top Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers – Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2013-2019, Mid-South Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters)
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2018-2020, The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings)
  • Litigation: General Commercial (Alabama), 2019, Chambers USA
  • •Named as Top Attorney in the field of White Collar Criminal Defense in the annual survey published by Birmingham Magazine, Top Attorney, White Collar Criminal Defense, Birmingham Magazine, 2013
  • Named as Top Attorney in the field of White Collar Criminal Defense in the annual survey published by Birmingham Magazine, Top Attorney, White Collar Criminal Defense, Birmingham Magazine, 2014

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of New Hampshire 
  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First and Eleventh Circuits
  • New Hampshire 
  • Massachusetts
  • Alabama
  • Chair, White Collar Crime Committee of the Criminal Justice Section of the Alabama Bar (2014-present)
  • Chair, Alabama Bar International Law Section, 2011

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Suffolk University Law Review

Educational Background:

  • B.S., University of New Hampshire, 1992
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Office Location for William C. Athanas

1901 6th Ave. N
Suite 1400
Birmingham, AL 35203-2623

Phone: 205-214-6380

Fax: 205-214-8787

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