William S. Stone

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Stone Law Group
 | 5229 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: 404-239-0305
Fax: 229-723-4834
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020
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

As senior partner at Stone Law Group, William S. Stone is committed to representing clients in Blakely, Atlanta and across the state of Georgia. He focuses his practice on personal injury and commercial law cases that involve the following matters: product liability, aviation accidents, commercial and consumer fraud, professional malpractice, car accidents, wrongful death and trucking accidents.

After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Georgia, Mr. Stone went on to earn a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1977.

With more than 35 years of experience, Mr. Stone takes an aggressive approach to securing justice for clients, whether they have been injured as a result of an aviation accident or a defective drug. He takes the time to work with clients to understand their goals for their case and then tenaciously works to obtain a favorable outcome. For his successes, Mr. Stone holds an Avvo "Good" rating and he has earned the highest rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

A published author and frequent lecturer, Mr. Stone holds memberships with the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the Alabama State Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the American Bar Association.

Mr. Stone is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

When he is not in the courtroom, Mr. Stone enjoys spending time with his five children and four grandchildren.

* AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used 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 confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (30%): Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (30%): Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent

Personal Injury - Products (20%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability

Insurance Coverage (10%): Bad Faith Insurance

Aviation and Aerospace (10%): Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent, Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability, Bad Faith Insurance, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 17 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020

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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 selected as 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 Client Distinction Award, Martindale Hubbel
  • Named to Georgia SuperLawyers 2004 to present by Thomson-Reuters , Georgia SuperLawyers, 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, 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, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • 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, Southern District of Alabama
  • Member, U. S. Courts of Appeals: Fourth Circuit, 1998 - present; Fifth Circuit, 1981 - present; Eleventh Circuit, 1981 - present
  • Member, Northern District of Alabama
  • Board of Governors, American Association for Justice, fka 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
  • Georgia, 1977
  • Member, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Member, The United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit
  • 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, United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • Member, The Central District of Illinois
  • Life Member and Past President, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, The Alabama State Bar
  • Co-chair,  Ethics Committee of the American Association for Justice
  • Alabama, 1985
  • Member, The Middle District of Alabama
  • Member, The United States Court of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit
  • 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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Author, Emotional Distress - The Impact Rule - Adding Injury to Insult, The Verdict, (GTLA, April/May, 1990)., Author, Emotional Distress - The Impact Rule - Adding Injury to Insult, The Verdict, 1990
  • Author, Presenting Your Case:  High Tech for High Stakes, The Verdict, (GTLA, Fall 1997)., Author, Presenting Your Case:  High Tech for High Stakes, The Verdict, 1997
  • Author, Thoughts on Jury Trials, The Verdict, (GTLA, Fall, 1996)., Author, Thoughts on Jury Trials, The Verdict, 1996
  • 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?, The Verdict, (GTLA, January/February, 1993)., Author, harging the Jury in a Wrongful Death Case:  Have You Given Them a Proper Yardstick to Measure the Full Value of a Human Life?, The Verdict, 1993
  • Author, An Overview of the Proposed Judicial Article, Vol. 8, No. 4, The Verdict, (GTLA, August, 1981)., Author, An Overview of the Proposed Judicial Article, The Verdict, 1981
  • Author, Civil RICO Can be a Powerful Weapon in the Trial Lawyer's Arsenal, The Verdict, (GTLA, October, 1988)., 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 deliver 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 deliver 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 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 Middle 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 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 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 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 demand.  In addition Mr. Stone negotiates the complete waiver of the plaintiff’s multi-million dollar worker’s compensation subrogation lien with his employer.  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, largest bystander’s emotional distress verdict, and 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:

  • University of Georgia School of Law, Juris Doctor Degree, 1977
  • Netherlands Institute of Industrial Economics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1973
  • University of Georgia College of Business Administration, Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, 1975
  • Early County High School , 1971

Industry Groups

  • Alabama State Bar
  • American Association For Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • State Bar Of Georgia
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Office Location for William S. Stone

5229 Roswell Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30342

Phone: 404-239-0305

Fax: 229-723-4834

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Last Updated: 10/7/2019

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