William B. Wahlheim, Jr.
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PROFILE
EXPERIENCE
AWARDS
AFFILIATIONS

William’s Profile

William is Chair of Maynard Cooper’s Litigation Section and leader of the firm’s ERISA and Group Insurance Litigation Practice Groups. He is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

He brings more than 20 years of experience to his clients; representing insurers and employers nationwide in a litany of employee benefit and insurance disputes involving  life, health, disability, accidental death and dismemberment, property and casualty, ESOP, pension and retirement plans and coverages. William has handled matters in more than 20 states including California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas. In addition to his ERISA practice, William represents insurers in bad faith, fraud actions and class actions and employers in ERISA 401(k) stock drop, fiduciary class actions and “church plan” litigation.

His extensive experience in the area of ERISA Litigation has been widely recognized by his peers in the industry.  William was listed  Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation – ERISA  for 2015 in Birmingham. He frequently speaks on topics related to ERISA litigation at industry and client conferences.  He has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America©  for Insurance Law, Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions: Defendants, and Litigation: ERISA. He is listed in the Mid-South Super Lawyers for  Employee Benefits.

William was named in the 2015 Who’s Who Legal Directory in Pensions & Benefits. He is the only Alabama attorney included in the listing.

William received his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Alabama School of Law and holds a B.S. from Davidson College.

William’s Experience

  • Griffin v. Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company, 898 F.3d 371 (4th Cir. 2018)
  • Bales v. Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11180 (S.D. Miss. Jan. 24, 2018)
  • Quarles v. Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10506 (W.D. Ky. Jan. 23, 2018)
  • Griffin v. Hartford Life and Accident Ins. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10295 (W.D. Va. Jan. 25, 2017)
  • Potts v. Hartford Life and Accident Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104432 (W.D. Pa. Aug. 9, 2016)
  • Quarles v. Hartford Life and Accident Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65188 (W.D. Ky. May 18, 2016)
  • Melech v. Life Insurance Company of North America, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104898 (S.D. Ala. Aug. 10, 2015)
  • Pugh v. El Paso Corp. Pension Plan, 617 Fed. Appx. 964 (11th Cir. 2015)
  • Davis v. U.S. Bank, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 749 (E.D. Tenn. Jan. 6, 2014)
  • Caudle v. Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 87647 (N.D. Ala. June 27, 2014)
  • Boyd v. Baptist Health Sys., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4519 (N.D. Ala. Jan. 11, 2013)
  • Tabb-Pope v. San, Inc., et al., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150587 (N.D. Ala. Oct. 21, 2013)
  • Spivey v. Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 173864 (M.D. Ala. Dec. 12, 2013)
  • Rogers v. Hartford Life and Acc. Ins. Co., et al., 2012 WL 1288349 (M.D. Ala. Apr. 16, 2012)
  • Carter v. Bert Bell/ Pete Rozelle NFL Ret. Plan, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 170858 (N.D. Ala. Dec. 3, 2012)
  • Kelly v. Hartford, 2011 WL 7578126 (E.D. Tenn. Nov. 8, 2011)
  • Crawford v. Hartford Life and Acc. Ins. Co., 2011 WL 5237826 (S.D. Miss. Nov. 1, 2011)
  • In re Regions Morgan Keegan ERISA Litigation, 741 F. Supp. 2d 844 (W.D. Tenn. June 30, 2010)
  • Hartwell v. U.S. Foodservice, Inc., 2010 WL 3713496 (S.D. Miss. Sept. 13, 2010)
  • Walker v. Rock-Tenn Converting Co., Inc., 2010 WL 551215 (S.D. Ala. Feb. 11, 2010)
  • Ruple v. Hartford Life and Acc. Ins. Co., 340 Fed. Appx. 604 (11th Cir. Aug. 11, 2009)
  • Young v. Jefferson Pilot Financial Insurance Co., 2007 WL 2902985 (M.D. Ala. Oct. 4, 2007)
  • Vulcan Materials Co. v. Alabama Insurance Guaranty Association, et al., 2007 Ala. LEXIS 155 (Ala. Aug. 3, 2007)
  • House v. Life Insurance Company of North America, 399 F.Supp.2d 1254 (N.D. Ala. Apr. 21, 2005)
  • Brown v. Cemex, Inc., 2005 U.S. Lexis 31689 (S.D. Ala. November 22, 2005)
  • Dent v. American Intern. Life Assur. Co. of New York, 390 F. Supp. 2d 1341 (M.D. Ga. May 16, 2005)
  • Spain v. Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., 872 So.2d 101, (Ala. 2003)

William’s Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law, Insurance Law, Litigation – ERISA (2009- present); Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions: Defendants (2017-present)
  • Best Lawyers® 2015 “Lawyer of the Year” Litigation: ERISA in Birmingham
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers for Employee Benefits (2016 – present)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers, Employee Benefits/ERISA (2011-2015)
  • International Who’s Who Legal – Labour, Employment & Benefits, 2017
  • Who’s Who Legal Directory, Pensions & Benefits, 2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating

William’s Affiliations & Civic Involvement

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Litigation and Torts and Insurance Law Sections
  • Alabama State Bar Association, Mentor Program
  • 2007 Alabama Bar Leadership Forum Class, Finance Committee
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Executive Committee, Young Lawyers’ Section, Past President (2002)

Civic Involvement

  • Birmingham Bar Association, Volunteer Lawyer’s Project
  • Birmingham Bar Foundation, Past-President (2006), Inaugural Fellow Class
  • United Way Lawyer’s Committee
  • Crippled Children’s Foundation, Monday Morning Quarterback Club
  • Board Member, Alabama Symphony
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Peggy Jones
BAR ADMISSIONS
State Bar:Alabama, Tennessee
U.S. District Court:Alabama(Northern, Middle, Southern), Pennsylvania(Western), Tennessee(Middle, Western)
U.S. Court of Appeals:Third Circuit, Fourth Circuit, Sixth Circuit, Eleventh Circuit
EDUCATION
University of Alabama School of Law (1993, J.D., magna cum laude; Hugo L. Black Scholar; Order of the Coif; Order of Barristers; International Law Moot Court Team, Best Oral Advocate; Alabama Law Review, Senior Editor)
Davidson College (1989, B.S.)
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