William E. Anderson

William E. Anderson, born Marion, North Carolina, 1944; admitted to bar, 1969, North Carolina; 1973, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina; 1977, U.S. Supreme Court; 1979, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.Education: Duke University (B.A., 1966); University of North Carolina (J.D., 1969). Law Clerk, North Carolina Court of Appeals, 1969-1970. Assistant Commission Attorney, 1970-1973 and Hearing Examiner, 1971-1973, North Carolina Utilities Commission. Hearing Officer, Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services, Department of Defense, 1978-1995. Town Attorney, Town of Garner, 1987—. Member, Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association, 1990-2002. Member: Wake County, North Carolina and American Bar Associations; North Carolina State Bar; North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys; Defense Research Institute; North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys.Professional rating: AV.

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Bill Anderson grew up in Oxford, N.C. and attended Duke University and UNC Law School. Bill’s legal career began as a research assistant with the North Carolina Court of Appeals, followed by three years at the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Bill has been essentially self-employed as a sole proprietorship or in association with one of several small law firms since 1973. He has handled the “small business” issues of running a law firm (payroll, billing, financing, information systems, hiring and training of new employees, case management systems, health insurance premiums) during most of that time. He held an appointment as a contract CHAMPUS Hearing Officer (Administrative Law Judge) for the Department of Defense for 15 years. He has been on the AAA Panel of Arbitrators.

During most of the last 20 years, Bill Anderson’s law practice has involved civil lawsuits. He has represented individuals, and most recently, has focused substantially on “insurance defense.” That means being retained by the insurance companies to defend persons and businesses sued in lawsuits involving personal injuries, construction defects, and other types of lawsuits. (See link to Representative Cases - Bill Anderson.)

During his career, Bill Anderson has argued approximately 35 cases before the Supreme Court of North Carolina and the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He has handled cases in the U. S. District Courts, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and has filed briefs on two occasions in the Supreme Court of the United States. (See link to Reported Cases - Bill Anderson.)

Bill Anderson has also served as Town Attorney for the Town of Garner for over 20 years. (See link to Municipal Law Areas of Practice.)

Bill Anderson away from the office :

Bill loves basketball (he’s a Duke basketball fan) , sailing, gardening and reading (mysteries and spies, biographies and history, including Founding Fathers, Civil War, and WWII). His volunteer work has included Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, Wake County Historical Association, and service on the Administrative Board of Edenton Street United Methodist Church.

Bill’s wife, Lide Cooke Anderson, a former Wake County High School teacher, is a part time paralegal with the firm, and has served for 12 years as a trustee of Wake Tech Community College They share an interest in historical houses and buildings, enjoying touring interesting ones and keeping up an antebellum farm house in Wake County. They have lived in Wake County since 1969.

Email Mr. Anderson at w.anderson@mcdas.com.

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