William J. Piercy

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Berman Fink Van Horn P.C.
 | 3475 Piedmont Road Northeast, Suite 1100
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: 404-693-8399
Fax: 404-233-1943
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2006, 2009 - 2011
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (80%),
  • Real Estate: Business (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney William J. Piercy is a shareholder at Berman Fink Van Horn P.C., a business and real estate law firm in Atlanta, Georgia. He represents businesses and entrepreneurs in Atlanta and surrounding communities.

Mr. Piercy has more than two decades of experience helping business owners extricate themselves from bad business relationships, freeing them to move on with better ones.  Mr. Piercy is a leading authority in the field of corporate divorce and he is the author of a book on the subject:  Life's Too Short for a Bad Partner -  the guide to ending an unproductive business relationship and moving on.  Life's Too Short is available at Amazon.com.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Mr. Piercy earned his law degree from Emory University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in all Georgia state courts and also before the U.S. district courts for the northern and middle districts of Georgia, the Court of Appeals of Georgia, the Supreme Court of Georgia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

Among other honors and awards he has earned over the course of his career, Mr. Piercy received the rating of AV Preeminent* from the attorney peer review service Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Piercy regularly contributes articles on business and real estate law for professional publications. He is a member of the DeKalb Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, the litigation section of the Atlanta Bar Association and the business law section of the State Bar of Georgia.

Active in his local community, Mr. Piercy is an Eagle Scout and a member of the National Eagle Scout Association. He formerly served as a committee member for the Atlanta Gator Club's Gators for Business.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (80%): Trade Secret, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Non-Compete Agreements

Real Estate (20%): Landlord/Tenant

Focus Areas

Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Landlord/Tenant


Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2006, 2009 - 2011

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About William Piercy

Admitted: 1997, Georgia

Professional Webpage: http://www.bfvlaw.com/attorneys/william-j-piercy/


  • Super Lawyers “Rising Star”, 2006
  • Super Lawyers “Rising Star”, 2011-2009
  • Super Lawyer since 2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent rating
  • One of Georgia Trend's Legal Elite, Georgia Trend Magazine (2016).
  • Received Annual Recognition in the Super Lawyers Business Edition, current – 2012
  • Eagle Scout

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • DeKalb Bar Association
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • State Bar of Georgia, Business Law Section
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Directors, Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Section, Atlanta Bar Association
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Leadership DeKalb, Class of 2012
  • Atlanta Lawyer’s Club
  • National Eagle Scout Association, Member
  • Gators for Business – Atlanta Gator Club, Committee Member


  • Secured plaintiff’s jury verdict awarding specific performance of real estate purchase contract and attorney’s fees to real estate developer that contracted to purchase a large tract of land; only to have the seller attempt to increase the purchase price after a deal was reached.
  • Obtained and collected substantial judgment on behalf of business consultant client who was forced to sue medical information storage provider on the consultant’s outstanding invoices.
  • On behalf of developer that purchased more than 600 acres for large-scale golf course community, obtained summary judgment order confirming that seller’s contractual option to repurchase two acres within the development was limited to the reacquisition of one 2 acre parcel rather than the two 1 acre parcels that seller claimed the right to repurchase.
  • Negotiated $100,000 settlement payment to minority member of LLC from majority members who breached their contractual and fiduciary duties to act in the best interests of the company.
  • Successfully defended client against claim that he had breached a contractual obligation to sell business to a corporate suitor whose proposal was rejected in favor of a better offer. 2002
  • Obtained judgment in excess of $200,000 on behalf of LLC-member client whose corporate interest was diluted by other member’s misappropriation of company assets on summary judgment.
  • Recovered $100,000 in earnest money for developer client via summary judgment motion establishing the unenforceability of the underlying contract based on the inadequacy of the property description in that contract.
  • Negotiated $100,000 settlement for adjoining landowner clients sued by neighbors over the existence of and easement rights in a disputed Midtown alley.
  • Confirmed mandatory application of contractual attorney’s fees pursuant to O.C.G.A. Sec. 13-1-11. This resulted in an award of attorney’s fees to client of more than $300,000 (15% of the underlying judgment) despite fact that actual fees incurred were significantly less. 2003
  • Obtained emergency injunctive relief freezing assets of corporate and individual defendants who were misappropriating company assets.
  • Successfully defended client against claim that he had breached a contractual obligation to sell business to a corporate suitor whose proposal was rejected in favor of a better offer. 2002
  • Obtained defense jury verdict and an award of $75,000 in attorneys’ fees for builder client sued by a real estate brokerage that claimed builder had breached exclusive listing agreement.
  • Won summary dismissal of claim against a client sued by a former partner seeking more than $400,000 in damages based on that partner’s novel interpretation of a previous settlement agreement.
  • Negotiated settlement secured by previously unrecorded consent judgment which resulted in entry of judgment on behalf of client for $2,500,000.

Educational Background:

  • University of Florida, B.A., 1994
Office Location for William J. Piercy

3475 Piedmont Road Northeast
Suite 1100
Atlanta, GA 30305

Phone: 404-693-8399

Fax: 404-233-1943

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Last Updated: 1/27/2019

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