William Berenson

Law Offices of William K. Berenson, P.C.
1701 River Run
Suite 900
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 885-8000
www.berensonlaw.com


A native of Nashville, Bill Berenson obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Texas at Austin (Plan II Honors Program) in 1976 and his Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University Law School in Dallas in 1979.

Bill was hired by a leading firm in Fort Worth where he litigated countless cases, including for State Farm Insurance Company. He also incorporated CineMark. He then founded his own law firm in the River Plaza Tower in 1982, where he has successfully practiced law since.

Bill Berenson has successfully represented thousands of people over the last 36 years, specializing in personal injury cases.  He limits his practice to helping out the victims of motor vehicle collisions, including representing a seriously injured young man in the controversial "Affluenza Teen" case.

Bill was certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1994. He was voted one of the best personal injury lawyers in Tarrant County by his peers and recognized in Fort Worth Magazine in 2015 and in previous years. He has tried dozens of cases to verdict to gain life membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He was named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the prestigious National Trial Lawyers in 2014 and 2015.

Bill has served on the Boards of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association for many years. He was appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to its Advisory Committee.

Bill is a sought after speaker and has taught classes across the U.S. to attorneys in the American Association for Justice, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Tarrant County Bar Association, Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, National Business Institute, and other organizations.

Bill is dedicated to his community and has served on various boards and assisted many charitable causes. He is proud of obtaining his Eagle Scout award at the age of 13 (the youngest in Middle Tennessee history) and teaching Sunday School classes and lives by those values. Bill has been married for 27 years and has one daughter who is a Certified Public Accountant in Dallas.

In Bill's spare time, he works out and has run 56 marathons, including one in all 50 states, with almost all qualifying for the rigorous entry requirements of the Boston Marathon. He does this to gain physical strength, mental toughness, and drive to enable him to fight more effectively for his clients.

Education

J.D., Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas, 1979
B.A. With Honors, University of Texas at Austin Plan II Honors Program, 1976
Professional Memberships
National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyer
Texas Trial Lawyers Assoc., Board of Directors and Sustaining Member
Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
Insurance Issues Annotated, Board of Editors
Texas Supreme Court Jury Task Force, Member
National College of Advocacy, Advocate
Tarrant County Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee
Tarrant County Bar Association Fee Arbitration Committee
American Association of Justice Interstate Trucking Litigation Group
American Association for Justice, Sustaining Member
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates, Member
Tarrant County Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
Insurance Settlements and Litigation Reporter, Board of Editors
Truck Safety Coalition, Member

Certification/Specialties

Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1994
Recent Publications
Trying the Automobile Injury Case for the Plaintiff
Automobile Injury Trials in Texas
The Insurance Settlement Hand Book, Co-author

Seminars

"Quantifying Settlement Offers," Texas Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Austin, December 2009
"Analysis of Critical Documents in Commercial Trucking Cases," Park City, Utah, February 2010
"100 Days to Trial" Tarrant County Bar Young Lawyers Association, Fort Worth, August 2010

Honors and Awards

Named "One of Tarrant County's Best Attorneys" by Fort Worth Magazine
Selected to Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums
Supreme Court of Texas Reform Member
Recognized in Marquis Who's Who in America, 1992 - 2016
Recognized in Marquis Who's Who in American Law, 1992 - 2016
A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau
Fort Worth ISD Golden Achievement Award for Partnership Excellence, five consecutive years

Legal Publications and Presentations

Texas Trial Lawyers Association
Tarrant County Bar Association
Insurance Settlement and Litigation Reporter
James Publishing Group
Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association
National Business Institute

Community Boards

Fort Worth Independent School District
Fort Worth Runners Club
Boy Scouts of America
Southern Methodist University
Cowtown Marathon
North Texas Legal Services
Humane Society of North Texas
Beth El Congregation
C.A.L.F. Cowtown Kids
AIDS Interfaith Network

Notable Case

Jones v. Bush, 122 F.Supp.2d 713 (N.D.Tx.2000), aff'd 244 F.3d 134, cert. den. 531 U.S. 1062 (2001)
Reported on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and other newspapers.

Pro Bono Activities

Adopter and Sponsor, Rufino Mendoza Elementary School
Volunteer Attorney, Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief
Volunteer Attorney, West Texas Legal Services
Life Member, Tarrant County Bar Association