William (Bill) Elam is the founder and Senior Partner of Elam & Elam, PLLC. Bill majored in Business at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and graduated in 1967. He then attended the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, South Carolina where he was awarded a scholarship and graduated with Honors in 1972. While at South Carolina, Bill was selected to be on the editorial board of the Law Review and published an article for that organization.
Bill is licensed in all Federal District Courts in North Carolina and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (Federal Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia) as well as admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court (which is a very unusual circumstance for many trial lawyers).
Achievements in the Legal Field
He has the rare privilege of being recognized as nationally Board Certified in both "Civil Trial Advocacy" and also in "Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy." To obtain these certifications, Bill underwent a thorough screening of his trial experience, his professional references, and a rigorous written examination. Bill also has been granted an "AV" rating by Martindale-Hubbell (which is one of the most recognized and reliable screening group for lawyers), which indicates a very high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar.
Bill is a member of the American Association for Justice, the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers and has been a guest speaker at a number of seminars for attorneys in the medical area. In 2006, Bill was selected as a "Top Super Lawyer" in North Carolina by his peers for his accomplishments in the medical malpractice arena. This recognition is limited to the top 5% of attorneys who practice in the state. Bill was again selected and received this recognition in 2007, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
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A History of Success
Bill has practiced law for over forty (40) years and has been involved in over 100 jury trials. He started his career handling different types of matters, including criminal and civil trials. Early in his career, he represented physicians in malpractice matters, and that extended to nurses, chiropractors and other health care providers.
Fighting for the Rights of the Injured
Approximately 1985, Bill felt he had an intense desire to "switch sides" and decided he had a much better sense of destiny being on the side of patients who had been harmed or injured by the health care profession. In doing so, he also was able to totally switch his method of compensation. He now has imposed a method of compensation, which has drifted down to all members of the firm, which only allows payment if the firm is successful!
Not only that, but the firm, in almost every case, advances the funds to pay the expenses of litigation. So now the clients which the firm represents has no out of pocket costs, and only pays the firm if their matter is concluded with a successful end result. The only downside of this process is that the firm is very selective in cases in which they will proceed.
Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2000 Civil Trial Pre-Trial Practice, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2000
North Carolina, 1972 U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit U.S. Supreme Court
University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina, 1972 Honors: With Honors Law Review East Carolina University, Greenville, North California, 1967 A.B., Major: Business
Medical Malpractice Nursing Home Litigation Jury Selection in Medical Malpractice Cases Use of Expert Witnesses
Review of Domestic Law, USC Law Review, 1971
Honors and Awards:
"AV" rating by Martindale-Hubbell "Top Super Lawyer" , North Carolina, 2006-2007, 2014-2016 Professional Associations and Memberships: American Association for Justice North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers