William D. Barwick


William D. Barwick practices in the area of litigation, representing clients in the manufacturing and insurance industries in products liability, toxic tort and insurance coverage matters. Mr. Barwick also represents banks and bank trust departments in fiduciary litigation.

Mr. Barwick has tried 40 jury trials in state and federal courts as either first-chair or sole counsel. His asbestos products liability experience includes the representation as national trial counsel of a company in defense of more than 35,000 claims in 20 states, totaling billions of dollars, without any amounts paid in settlement or judgment.

Mr. Barwick is a 1974 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and a graduate of Amherst College.

Areas of Practice

  • Products Liability and Toxic Torts Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage


  • Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia


  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1974
  • Amherst College, B.A., 1971


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2010-present
  • Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
    - Partner, 1986-2010
  • Peek & Whaley
    - Associate/Of Counsel, 1979-1986
  • Smith, Cohen, Ringel, Kohler & Martin
    - Associate, 1974-1978

Professional Activities

  • Appointed to the Fulton County Court Improvement Task Force, 2011
  • State Bar of Georgia
    - Past President, 2003-2004
    - Member, Disciplinary Board
    - Board of Governors, 1989-2009
  • Atlanta Bar Association
    - Past President, 1992-1993
  • American Bar Association
    - Former State Representatives to the House of Delegates
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Judicial Nominating Commission
  • Lawyers Foundation of Georgia
  • Northern District of Georgia
    - President of the Bar Council, 2006

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Georgia Super Lawyers, 2004-2019

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation, 2006-2019

  • Recipient of the 2011 Atlanta Bar Association Leadership Award. This honor is presented to members who "inspire by their example, challenge by their deeds and remind us all of our debt to our profession and our community."
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • University of Georgia Board of Visitors, 2010-2012
  • High Museum of Art
  • Zoo Atlanta
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Atlanta Botanical Gardens
  • Atlanta History Center
  • Historic Oakland Foundation
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Buckhead Baseball
  • Everybody Wins! Atlanta

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "A Day With The Experts," Georgia Chapter of Construction Financial Management Association's 2012 Senior Management Spring Seminar, Atlanta, May 2, 2012