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William C. Buhay

Partner

Whether he’s protecting and pursuing the rights of his business and real estate clients in commercial disputes or defending them in catastrophic personal injury cases, Bill Buhay uses his accounting background to strive for the most cost-efficient resolution to the matter at hand. In his 20 plus year legal career, Bill has litigated almost every major area of law in courts across the country. Currently, he is both the National Counsel for Deficiency Claims as well as the National Oversight Counsel for premises liability claims for the nation’s largest special servicer of commercial mortgage-backed securitized loans. In those roles, Bill oversees the analysis and pursuit of breach of contract actions across the country as well as directs the defense of premise liability claims brought against REO properties. In addition to handling all myriad of real estate matters, Bill remains active in the defense world, where his practice ranges from defending products, environmental, and commercial liability suits to handling complex antitrust and intellectual property matters. 

Education

Auburn University, B.S., 1990

University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1996

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Representative Experience

National real estate and commercial litigation counsel for the country's largest commercial mortgage-backed securities special service.

National Oversight Counsel for premises liability claims for the nation's largest special servicer of commercial mortgage-backed securitized loans

Drafted and negotiated asset purchase agreements, stock purchase agreements, and merger agreements and litigated disputes arising out of such transactions.

Defended chemical manufacturer against charges its product caused an explosion injuring and killing 30 people.

Successfully settled 12 personal injury and wrongful death cases arising out of a multi-vehicle trucking accident.

Defended national tire and auto repair retailer from multiple negligent maintenance wrongful death claims.

Drafted and negotiated construction contracts for multi-use development (condos, townhomes, hotel, restaurant) in the Buckhead business district in Atlanta, Georgia.

Successfully defended major chemical manufacturers in CERCLA and HSRA environmental claims.

Successfully resolved copyright and trademark infringement claims for international motorcycle and personal watercraft manufacturer, automotive retailers, the world's leading geosynthetics manufacturer, and a seller of replica firearms.

Awards & Recognitions

American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell®, Top Rated Lawyer, Mass Torts (2013) 

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Rated since 2005;

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association

Atlanta Bar Association

Cobb County Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Youth Football and Baseball Coach

Events & Speaking Engagements

"A Lawyer's Look at the Alabama Department of Transportation's Standard Specifications for Highway Construction," presentation, June 2010.

"Building The Case: Real Life CSI; Litigating the Wrongful Death Claim in Georgia," presentation, April 2005.

"Designing Effective Credit Application, Purchase Orders, and Invoices: The Three Things You Should Always Do," presentation, Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, July 2000.