William J. Piercy

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Atlanta, Georgia

Berman Fink Van Horn P.C.
William J. Piercy
Berman Fink Van Horn P.C.

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Real Estate; view more

Licensed in Georgia since: 1997

Education: Emory University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2006, 2009 - 2011

Berman Fink Van Horn P.C.

3475 Piedmont Road Northeast
Suite 1640
Atlanta, GA 30305 Visit website


Healthy business relationships are an essential component of business success.  When disputes cause business relationships to sour, declining productivity and revenues are sure to follow.  Bill works with business owners to bring successful and efficient resolution to a wide variety of business disputes. 

With more than two decades of practice in in the “corporate divorce” arena, Bill understands the challenges that can arise from internal dissension within the management, operations and ownership of a closely held business. Through hard work, candid advice and effective advocacy, Bill helps clients end bad business relationships so they can move forward with better ones.   

Bill is the author of “Life’s Too Short for A Bad Business Partner.” In his book, Bill guides business partners through corporate divorce, including how-to end the unproductive business relationship and successfully move on.

Bill has been named as a Super Lawyer by Georgia Trend Magazine every year since 2012.  He holds an AV Preeminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell and he was named among Georgia's Legal Elite by Georgia Trend Magazine.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Real Estate: Business

Focus areas

Non-Compete Agreements, Trade Secret

  • 80% Business Litigation
  • 20% Real Estate: Business

First Admitted: 1997, Georgia

Professional Webpage: https://www.bfvlaw.com/attorney/william-j-piercy/

Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • 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 defense jury verdict for client sued by former business partner for false arrest and malicious prosecution resulting from client’s reporting partner’s deletion and removal of business related files from corporate office to law enforcement.
  • 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.
  • 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
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
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • DeKalb Bar Association
  • American Bar Association      - Business Litigation Section      - Corporate Divorce Subsection
  • 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
Educational Background:
  • University of Florida, B.A., 1994

Office location for William J. Piercy

3475 Piedmont Road Northeast
Suite 1640
Atlanta, GA 30305

Phone: 404-693-8399


13 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2006, 2009 - 2011

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