Attorney Profile

William H. Chamblee

William Chamblee

Chamblee, Ryan, Kershaw & Anderson, P.C.
2777 North Stemmons Freeway, Suite 1157
Dallas, TX 75207

Dallas

Texas (TX)

Contact Contact William H. Chamblee
T: 214-905-2003
F: 214-905-1213

Visit: www.chambleeryan.com
Practice Areas: General Litigation (70%), Employment & Labor (20%), Business Litigation (10%)

General Litigation

Employment & Labor

Business Litigation

Profile

For the past 25 years, I have sought out the truth on behalf of my clients and have conveyed that truth respectfully to jurors to aid them in reaching just verdicts. My faith in the civil jury system is based on decades of experience working with jurors, most of whom typically reach the right conclusions if an attorney spends the time and effort necessary to be prepared on the law and the facts. Often, this requires working harder than opposing counsel, but that’s how the attorneys at Chamblee, Ryan, Kershaw & Anderson, P.C., pursue justice for our clients.

Beyond trial preparation, attorneys must also have a thorough understanding of people and the prejudices that they might carry into the jury box. Helping jurors look beyond those biases also is crucial in obtaining truly impartial verdicts.

Once clients share this understanding of the legal system, their fears of judges, juries and courtrooms are abated. They can face the legal process confidently knowing that if the truth is on their side, then their case will prevail the vast majority of the time.

Chamblee, Ryan, Kershaw & Anderson, P.C., prides itself on its ability to successfully defend its clients, especially in difficult and complex cases.

The majority of my legal practice is devoted to general litigation that spans a broad range, from medical malpractice defense to wills and estate planning. I earned my law degree at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio in 1985, and since graduating, I have spoken at more than 30 legal classes and seminars, on topics ranging from personal injury claims to health care reform.

My peers in the legal community have included me in the Texas Super Lawyers list each year since 2005, and I have earned the highest rating (AV “pre-eminent”) available in the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory. My pro bono efforts include work with the charitable group Many in Need Without Financial Means. I am an active member of The Met Church in Keller, Texas, where I serve as a Youth Minister. I also work as a sponsor, producer or organizer in many Keller, Texas, charity events, including equestrian shows.

My horse, Levi, was named a Reserve Champion in the 2009 Silver Stirrup Awards in the Adult Amateur Hunter class by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the Performance Horse Registry (PHR).


Years of Selection

• Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2013

About William Chamblee

Admitted: 1985, Texas

Professional Webpage: www.chambleeryan.com/attorney-bios/william-h-chamblee/

Honors and Awards:

  • Honored as one of Texas’ top attorneys in the Texas Super Lawyers list.
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV Preeminent” rating – Peer ranking for the highest level of professional excellence.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Texas Motor Transportation Association, Chairman's Circle
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Texas Association of Business, Board of Directors
  • Texas Business Owners' Council, Charter Member
  • Transportation Lawyers Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Pro bono representation to members of the Many in Need Without Financial Means group
  • Sponsor, producer and organizer in various charity events in Keller, Texas

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • SEMINARS/LECTURES: “General Limitations,” April 3, 1992; “Comparative Negligence as a Defense in Non-Subscriber Actions,” TXANS 9th Annual Employer Conference and Exhibition, May 11, 1999; “Defending a Personal Injury Claim,” Continuing Education Seminar, February 15, 1996; “How to Win – Personal Injury Claim,” Crum & Forster; “Hedonic Damages: Loss of Enjoyment of Life” Seminar, 1995l “Limiting Damages,” Republic Insurance Presentation, 1996; “How to Avoid Bad Faith Situations,” Atlanta Casualty Seminar, 1993-1994; “Damages: Personal Injury and Punitive Damages” Seminar, 1994; “Overview of Defending a Personal Injury Claim, Investigation and Discovery,” May 22, 1995; “An Analysis of Tort and Medical Malpractice Reform in Texas,” 1999; “An Analysis of Tort Reform in Texas,” 1999; “One Bad Apple Can Spoil the Entire Corporate Barrel: An Introduction to Sexual Harassment Claims in Texas and How They Affect the Entire Company,” July 14, 1999; “Fraud/Abuse in Medical Billing Practices,” Baylor Health Care System, September 21, 1999; “Managed Care/Analysis of Tort Reform in Texas,” Texas Medical Association, Austin, Texas, October 19, 1999; “Banking Liability for “Innocent” Victim Checking Accounts,” May 2, 2000; “Premises Liability in Texas,” June 22, 2000 - Present; “What Being a Non-subscriber in Texas is All About,” 2003; “Texas Claims Handling Seminar,” March 16, 2004; “Legal Issues in Health Care Facility Management,” Texas Association of Health Care Facility Managers, Annual Interlink 2004 Conference, April 28, 2004-Present; “Winning and Succeeding in Voir Dire,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, April 21, 2005; “Retaliation Claims Under the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Chamblee & Ryan Employment Seminar, April 22, 2005; “At Will Employment,” Chamblee & Ryan Employment Seminar, April 22, 2005; “Protecting Business Internet with Non-Compete Agreement,” Chamblee & Ryan Employment Seminar, April 22, 2005; “First Response to a Trucking Accident: Protecting Your Trucking Company from Litigation,” Chamblee & Ryan Trucking Law Seminar, July 22, 2005; “Maintaining Driver Personnel History Files,” Chamblee & Ryan Trucking Law Seminar, July 22, 2005; “Voir Dire Panel,” TMLT Defense Seminar, April 21, 2006; “How to Legally Protect Your Trucking Business,” Chamblee & Ryan Trucking Law Seminar, June 16, 2006; “ADA, FMLA, and Electronic Record Retention,” Texas Association of Non-Subscribers Annual Non-subscriber Conference and Exhibition, April 19, 2007; “Winning Your First Civil Trial,” National Business Institute, November 16, 2007; “Legal Issues Affecting Trucking,” TMTA Semi-Annual Safety Seminar Kerrville, Texas, September 24, 2008; Over the Waves: Jury Panel Drama, TADC Spring Meeting, San Diego, California, April 30, 2010; Health Care Reform 2010, Chamblee & Ryan, P.C. Lunch Lecture Series, 2010.

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Tarrant County, Texas: As lead counsel, I obtained a take-nothing defense verdict on behalf of a local Mexican food restaurant in a multi-fatality dram shop case in Tarrant County. Plaintiffs sought an award of $10 million. After a two-and-a-half week trial, a jury returned a defense verdict in favor of the restaurant and another local establishment, finding no negligence on their behalf. Given the complexity of cases like this, it was essential for the defense to construct an impenetrable case and utilize superior trial tactics in order to obtain a favorable verdict.
  • Dallas County, Texas: After an eight-day trial, a jury found in favor of our client, who was accused of causing a multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 635 in Dallas. My defense team and I were able to prove to a jury that the actions of an unknown vehicle were the main cause of the accident, which injured four individuals, two of whom suffered extensive injuries. Medical bills totaled nearly $1 million and plaintiffs sought more than $2.5 million for economic and non-economic damages. After hearing closing arguments, the jury placed all negligence on the unknown vehicle that cut off our client’s tractor trailer. The jury delivered a unanimous defense verdict in less than two hours.
  • Wichita County, Texas: In this defense verdict, plaintiffs claimed that our client, an obstetrician/gynecologist, used excessive traction on the fetal head during the birthing process. Plaintiffs claimed damages in a life care plan near $500,000, and asked the jury to award the child $1.2 million in total damages. However, after weighing the case presented by myself and our defense team, the jury returned a unanimous decision in favor of the physician in approximately 35 minutes. The trial lasted five days. I served as lead counsel.
  • Hunt County, Texas: Plaintiffs brought a medical malpractice claim against one of our clients, a gynecologist, alleging that the physician failed to properly clear a patient for surgery and then failed to diagnose a heart attack. Plaintiffs claimed that because the patient had a history of diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and anemia, the individual should have undergone a pre-operative EKG, stress test, and cardiology consultation. Our defense team proved this theory false, establishing that the plaintiff's coronary arteries did not have blockages, and thus the suggested pre-operative work-up would have not prevented the heart attack. Plaintiffs sought an award of about $2 million; the jury returned a defense verdict after roughly one hour of deliberations.
  • Rockwall County, Texas: A 31-year-old patient claimed that one of our clients, an otolaryngologist, permanently injured her right eye by performing her endoscopic sinus surgery with an inappropriate instrument. As lead counsel for the defense, I proved to jurors that the patient suffered an unfortunate, but known, risk of sinus surgery, and that the surgery was warranted and was performed in an appropriate manner with the proper instrumentation. The jury returned a unanimous defense verdict after only 35 minutes of deliberation.
  • Johnson County, Texas: I successfully defended two family practice physicians and their clinic against claims that they negligently gave a patient 30-day prescriptions for Oxycontin and Darvocet. The suit stated that those drugs combined to cause the patient’s fatal overdose. Plaintiffs in the case were the surviving spouse, two minor children, and the parents of the decedent. The court granted a directed verdict in favor of the physicians and their clinic following a trial that lasted a week and a half.

Educational Background:

  • I received my law degree from St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas, in 1985. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, in 1982.
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