William H. Major, III

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303 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 4000
Atlanta, GA 30308-3243


Bill Major is Partner-in-Charge of the Atlanta office of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP. Bill focuses his practice on issues pertaining to transportation, product liability, professional liability, civil litigation, insurance issues, financial institution liability, and general liability.

Bill has tried cases in trial courts throughout Georgia as well as in the federal courts and has appeared in the appellate courts of this State on many occasions.

His trial experience includes cases arising out of trucking accidents, product liability, premises criminal assault, professional liability, malicious prosecution, conversion, trespass, premises liability and chemical exposure claims. He has also participated in numerous mediations and other alternative dispute resolution methods over the years. He has spoken at seminars on a variety of topics to include cross-examination techniques, depositions, effective use of discovery techniques, damages, legal ethics, financial institution liability, trucking company liability, and alternative dispute resolution methods.

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“Texting and Cell Phone Usage,” Panel Member, ALFA Transportation Seminar (May, 2013) 

"Affirmative Defenses, Contributory Negligence, Assumption of the Risk and Non-Party Apportionment," ICLE Boating Torts Seminar, Savannah, GA (October 2012)

“Ten Things Lawyers Like/Hate about Mediators," Panel Member, Atlanta Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section (January 2012)

“Walking the Walk: Advanced Claim Handling,” Panel Moderator, Arkansas Transportation Seminar (September 2011)

"Tough Topics in Troubling Times," Arkansas Transportation Seminar (August 2009)

"Strategies for Effective Discovery and Depositions," ICLE - Georgia (May 2006)

"Strategies for Effective Discovery and Depositions," ICLE - Georgia (May 2007)

"The Apology after a Catastrophic Accident," Arkansas Transportation Seminar (2007)

"Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods," DRI Damages Seminar (March 1996)



“Put The Phone Down: At The End Of The Day What Do The New Rules On Texting And Cell Phone Use Mean To You?” (Co-Author), Journal of Transportation Law, Logistics & Policy, Vol. 80, No. 3 (2013) 

"Affirmative Defenses, Contributory Negligence, Assumption of the Risk and Non-Party Apportionment in the Context of Boating Torts," (Co-Author), ICLE Boating Torts Seminar (2012)

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J.D., cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law (1982)

B.B.A., magna cum laude, University of Georgia (1979)

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