William 'Bill' Sims Stone

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Atlanta, GA

The Stone Law Group - Trial Lawyers, LLC
 | 5229 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: 404-239-0305
Fax: 404-239-0520
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%),
  • Aviation and Aerospace (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    William S. Stone is a founding member of Stone Law Group Trial Lawyers, LLC, in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Stone has over 40 years of legal experience and concentrates his practice on personal injury law, working with cases involving automobile accidents, birth injuries, medical negligence, wrongful death and catastrophic injury. He represents the injured and their families throughout Georgia.

    A successful trial attorney, Mr. Stone holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. This is the organization’s highest available rating, presented to attorneys demonstrating high ethical standards and legal capability.

    A lifetime member and former president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Mr. Stone is an active member of his legal community. He belongs to the State Bar of Georgia, the Alabama State Bar, the American Association for Justice and the Judicial Nominating Commission for the State of Georgia. He has served as president of the Rotary Club of Blakely.

    Mr. Stone earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business and earned his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. He also attended the Netherlands Institute of Industrial Economics in 1973.

    Following law school, Mr. Stone became licensed to practice law in the state of Georgia. He holds licenses to practice law before all Georgia state courts, the U.S. district courts for the northern and middle districts of Georgia, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th and 11th circuits.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 30%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 30%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 20%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    • 10%Insurance Coverage
    • 10%Aviation and Aerospace
    Focus Areas

    Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability, Bad Faith Insurance, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 18 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021

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    About William Stone

    Admitted: 1977, Georgia

    Professional Webpage: https://stonelaw.com/william-sims-stone/

    Honors/Awards:

    • In 2017 awarded the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Guardian of Justice Award for lifetime service in protecting the civil justice system and the right of trial by jury, Guardian of Justice Award, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2017
    • In 2016 awarded the Georgia State Bar General Practice and Trial Section’s Tradition of Excellence Award in Plaintiff’s Trial Practice, Tradition of Excellence Award, Georgia State Bar, 2016
    • Inaugural inductee into American Law and Media’s Georgia Verdicts Hall of Fame in 2014 for his record setting $40.2 million verdict for a single wrongful death and with an additional $14 million award of attorney’s fees in Foster v. Landstar Ranger, Inc. et al. , American Law and Media’s Georgia Verdicts Hall of Fame, American Law and Media, 2014
    • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rated 2002 to present for legal ability and integrity, Martindale Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated
    • Martindale Hubbell Client Distinction Award for excellence in quality of service, overall value, responsiveness, and communication ability, Martindale Hubbell, Martindale Hubbell Client Distinction Award
    • Named to Georgia Super Lawyers 2004 to present by Thomson-Reuters, Super Lawyers, Georgia Super Lawyers
    • Named to Best Lawyers in America by U. S. News & World Report, Best Lawyers in America, U. S. News & World Report
    • Named to Best Lawyers in Georgia by U. S. News & World Report, Best Lawyers in Georgia, U. S. News & World Report
    • In 2013 selected as Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury Law, Atlanta Market Tier 1, Plaintiffs' Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers®, 2013
    • In 2017 selected as Courtroom Video Network’s Georgia Plaintiff’s Lawyer of the Year, Plaintiff’s Lawyer of the Year, Courtroom Video Network, 2017
    • Named to Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia by National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia, National Trial Lawyers Association
    • Named to Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia by America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia, America’s Top 100 Attorneys®

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, Southwest Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
    • Member, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
    • Member, Pataula Circuit Bar Association (President, 1984-85; Secretary, 1983-84; Treasurer, 1982-83)
    • Member, State Bar of Georgia, General Practice and Trial Section
    • Member, Court of Appeals of Georgia
    • Member, Supreme Court of Georgia
    • Member, Supreme Court of Alabama
    • Member, U. S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
    • Member, U. S. Courts of Appeals: Fourth Circuit, 1998 - present; Fifth Circuit, 1981 - present; Eleventh Circuit, 1981 - present
    • Member, U. S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
    • Board of Governors, American Association for Justice (AAJ), The Association of Trial Lawyers of America 
    • AAJ Board of Governors
    • Member, Bar of the U. S. Court of Federal Claims, 2002 to present
    • Member, AAJ Leaders Forum
    • Member, AAJ President’s Club
    • Member and Director, Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG)
    • Member, American Trial Lawyers Association
    • State Bar of Georgia, 1977
    • Member, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
    • Member, American Bar Association
    • Member, The American Association for Justice
    • Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission (recommends candidates to the Governor for appointment to vacant judgeships in Georgia)
    • Member, U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
    • Member, U. S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
    • Life Member and Past President, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
    • Co-chair, Ethics Committee of the American Association for Justice
    • The Alabama State Bar, 1985
    • Member, The Middle District of Alabama
    • Member, Advertising Regulation Committee, The State Bar of Georgia

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Past President, The Blakely Rotary Club
    • Member, AAJ President's Club
    • Member, First United Methodist Church of Blakely, Blakely, GA

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Georgia's new rules for recovery of damages for emotional distress., Author, Emotional Distress - The Impact Rule - Adding Injury to Insult, The Verdict, 1990
    • Persuasive use of technology in the courtroom, Author, Presenting Your Case: High Tech for High Stakes, The Verdict, 1997
    • What works, and what doesn't work with juries, Author, Thoughts on Jury Trials, The Verdict, 1996
    • Jury instructions that help achieve adequate wrongful death verdicts, Author, Charging the Jury in a Wrongful Death Case: Have You Given Them a Proper Yardstick to Measure the Full Value of a Human Life?, 1993
    • Changes in the Georgia Judicial Branch, Author, An Overview of the Proposed Judicial Article, The Verdict, 1981
    • How and when to assert a civil RICO claim, Author, Civil RICO Can be a Powerful Weapon in the Trial Lawyer's Arsenal, The Verdict, 1988

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Mr. Stone was co-counsel in a medical malpractice birth injury case that settled in mediation for a confidential amount. Before the mother’s labor was induced with Pitocin the obstetrician and hospital’s labor and delivery nurses did not check the size of the mother’s pelvis to assure the baby’s head could pass through during vaginal delivery. The baby’s head was stuck during delivery in the mother’s pelvis and had to be removed by emergency C-section and vacuum suction device. During the procedure, the baby sustained a skull fracture and brain injury. The family was quite satisfied with the settlement, and with the consultants, Mr. Stone employed to set up a trust to manage it to optimize the child’s care for the remainder of her life. Leanne Usry et al on behalf of Ava Usry, a Minor, et al v. Doctors Hospital of Augusts, LLC, et al, CA No. 16-EV-000014, in the State Court of Fulton County, Georgia., 2018
    • Mr. Stone was lead counsel in a wrongful death case arising out of the crash of a UPS Freighter, an Airbus 300 aircraft, because of a defect in the enhanced ground proximity system (EGPS). The EGPS was supposed to sound an alarm if the aircraft’s landing descent placed it in danger of colliding with the ground or objects close to it during an instrument landing. Because of a computer programming defect, the device failed to sound the alarm until after the aircraft had contacted trees on final approach. The case was settled to the pilot’s widow’s satisfaction at mediation for a confidential amount. Darla Beal, administrator v. Honeywell International, Inc., dba Honeywell Aerospace, CA No. 2:15-cv-02257-VEH, U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama., 2018
    • Mr. Stone and his team obtained a verdict and judgment for $45,822.777.20 for a catastrophically brain-injured woman and her husband in a medical malpractice action. Three days after her child was delivered by C-section delivery the lady suffered a cardiopulmonary arrest and was oxygen-deprived for approximately 12 minutes. The obstetricians breached the medical standard of care by failing to establish and maintain control of the mother’s wildly fluctuating blood pressure and her rapidly increasing fluid volume. The verdict for the wife was $27,822.777.20 for economic losses and general damages. The verdict for the husband for the destruction of his marital relationship was $18,000,000.00. These verdicts were at the time the largest verdicts in Georgia history for a malpractice case and a loss of marital society and companionship claim.  Keith Trabue, et al v. Atlanta Women’s Services, LLC et al, CA No.14-EV-001821Y, in the State Court of Fulton County, Georgia. The judgment was affirmed on appeal. Trabue, et al v. Atlanta Women's Specialists, LLC, 349 Ga. App. 223, 825 S.E.2d 586 (Ga. App. 2019). The opinion is a very important decision construing and applying Georgia’s apportionment of fault statute, O.C.G.A. § 51-12-33., 2017
    • Mr. Stone successfully negotiated a very substantial confidential settlement of a wrongful death action arising out of a corporate aircraft crash with multiple defendants. Davidson v. Georgia Power Company et al, CA No. 15EV000304A, in the State Court of Fulton County, Georgia., 2016
    • After a four-week trial on the liability phase of a trifurcated trial, Mr. Stone and his team successfully settled a Georgia RICO personal injury case against an insurance company in the boiler inspection business for an electrician worker who suffered third and fourth-degree burns over 68% of his body and lived after a wood bark fired boiler exploded and sprayed the area where the plaintiff was working with fire. The amount of the settlement is confidential, but the defendant met Mr. Stone’s team’s very substantial demand. In addition, Mr. Stone negotiated the complete discharge of the plaintiff's employer's multi-million dollar worker’s compensation subrogation lien against the plaintiff's recovery. Tracey Armstrong Evans, guardian of Klay Armstrong, v. The Hartford Steam Boiler & Insurance Company, CA No. 2008-062, in the Superior Court of Early County, Georgia., 2014
    • Mr. Stone led his team to a verdict in an interstate trucking wrongful death case of $54,186,315.32, including attorney’s fees, litigation expenses, and prejudgment interest. At the time it was the largest wrongful death verdict, the largest bystander’s emotional distress verdict, and the largest fee-shifting award in a personal injury case in Georgia history. Theresa K. Foster, et al v. Landstar Ranger, Inc., et al, CA No. 09-A-1698-2 in the State Court of Cobb County, Georgia., 2011

    Educational Background:

    • Netherlands Institute of Industrial Economics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1973
    • University of Georgia Terry College of Business Administration, Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, 1975
    • Early County High School, 1971
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    5229 Roswell Rd NE
    Atlanta, GA 30342

    Phone: 404-239-0305

    Fax: 404-239-0520

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