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Attorney Profile

Bill deGolian has been practicing law since 1979, representing individuals in wrongful death and injury claims, contract disputes and insurance coverage questions. Bill specializes in litigation and trial work, and is committed to representing his clients zealously and honestly. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Georgia School of Law, Bill is a longtime partner in the law firm of Johnson and Ward in Atlanta.

Professional Trial Attorney

As an experienced trial attorney, Bill has tried numerous cases over the years. He has served on the faculty of the Atlanta Bar Association’s College of Trial Advocacy and the Emory University School of Law Trial Practice Program. He is a master of the Bleckley Inn of Court. Bill has lectured frequently on representing victims of nursing home neglect and took the lead in organizing a seminar on enforcement of nursing regulations. He also lectures on automobile insurance coverage issues, professionalism and legal ethics.

Bar Leader

Bill is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the Atlanta Bar Association and the Old Warhorse Lawyers Club, of which he was president in 2012. Bill was president of the Atlanta Bar Association in 2002 – 2003, after having served for many years on its Board of Directors and chairing its Litigation Section. He was head of the Atlanta Bar’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service, serves on the Board of the Atlanta Bar Foundation and is a Fellow of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia.

Community Leader

Bill is a Eucharistic minister and lector at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta, where he has been active for many years. He served as president of the Springlake Civic Association and is currently involved in community and local government affairs in Washington, Georgia. Bill was a Saturday Lawyer for the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation for over 20 years as part of his commitment to giving back to the community and serving his fellow citizens.


Bill attended college on a Naval ROTC scholarship. He served 4 years on active duty as a Naval Flight Officer. After attending law school and passing the bar, he affiliated with the U.S. Naval Reserve for some 20 years, attaining the rank of Captain, U.S. Naval Reserve.


Bill has been named an Atlanta Magazine “Super Lawyer” annually since 2004 and has earned a Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating of “AV Preeminent”, a testament to the fact that his professional peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.

Law Practice Philosophy

Bill places the utmost importance on professionalism in his law practice. He is committed to representing his clients zealously, ethically, and honestly. He believes in treating all participants in the legal process with civility. He communicates regularly and openly with his clients, listens to them and is responsive to their concerns. Above all, he is committed to obtaining good and just results for his clients.