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William W. Tunner

Director

A trusted problem-solver, litigator for business, individual, and government clients

Over the years, Billy Tunner has built a reputation with clients as the one who stays calm in the face of mounting pressure and adversarial forces. General counsel of large national companies, government attorneys, insurance companies and professionals trust Billy for his counsel and success litigating in Virginia’s state and federal courts, and before state agencies.

“I love what I do,” says Billy, respected by his peers as one of the Commonwealth’s top litigators. “I could not imagine doing anything else for a living. It is such an honor and a privilege to be selected by someone to be their lawyer, and it’s a solemn responsibility I take very seriously.”

Lead counsel in over 40 jury trials through verdict and countless bench trials and hearings, Billy is trusted by a diverse set of clients, including large and small companies, constitutional officers, state agencies, universities, and licensed professionals — plus everyday people with a legal problem who just need a loyal lawyer. “No matter the client, they all face challenges of trying to get a fair and just result in an antagonistic, adversarial legal system,” he says.

“Every case has similarities in terms of procedure and process, but each one is unique,” Billy says. “I enjoy the problem-solving aspects and building a strategy that creates a path to success in a case.”

In February 2014, Billy was appointed Special Counsel to the Opportunity Educational Institution by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Billy is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, named in Virginia Business magazine as one of the Legal Elite in civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and is regularly named in Super Lawyers for his work in civil litigation in Virginia. Billy was recently inducted into the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.

Representative Experience

Representative experience

  • Defense of businesses, corporations, insured and self-insured entities and individuals in defamation, catastrophic bodily injury and wrongful death suits
  • Representation of local Electoral Boards and Registrars in Voting Rights and Election Law litigation
  • Defense of Virginia and North Carolina Sheriffs, Court Clerks, Commonwealth’s Attorney’s, Police Officers and other Constitutional Officers in §1983 civil rights, excessive force, wrongful death, employment and other common law claims
  • Defense of national pharmacy in malpractice suits
  • Representation of engineers, physicians, nurses and other professionals before state licensing disciplinary boards
  • Representation of home health care companies in Medicaid Fraud Appeals (DMAS)
  • Representation of and assisted living facilities in licensing appeals
  • Defense of attorneys before the Virginia State Bar
  • Defense of mortgage lenders, mortgage servicers, consumer lenders, banks, and other financial services companies in federal and state consumer protection related claims
  • Representation of individuals in catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims
  • Representation of insurance Cicompany in subrogation action against National Bank for breach of fiduciary duty

Representative cases

  • Washington v. Marks,the defense of a police officer in an excessive force case
  • Cameron Building v. Virginia State University, representing the university in the defense of a $1.5 million breach of lease case that was settled before trail for pennies on the dollar
  • Estate of Jaymycheal Mitchell v. Hampton Roads Regional Jail, in the defense of jail officers in the wrongful death case of a young man who died at the jail
  • In Re: Anthony Spencer, defending a prosecutor before the Virginia State Bar
  • In Re: Chris Abate, defending the CEO of a Fortune 500 company before the Board of Accountancy
  • Schintzius et al v. Showalter, defending the City of Richmond Registrar in an election challenge in federal court. The case was dismissed after a trial

Recognition

  • AV Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Commercial Litigation, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants (Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC) (2013 – 2020)
  • Virginia Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite,” Civil Litigation category (2009 – 2013, 2015 – 2018), Legislative/Administrative/Regulatory category (2014)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Virginia list, Civil Litigation/Defense category (2007 – 2014)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Virginia list, Business Litigation category (2015 – 2019)
  • Super Lawyers Top 50 Richmond (2012, 2015)
  • Super Lawyers Business Edition (2012)
  • Super Lawyers Top 100 (2012 – 2013, 2015)
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2007)

Education

  • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D.
  • Washington & Lee, Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Pi Kappa Alpha

Admissions

  • All Virginia courts including the Supreme Court of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia

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