WILLIAM R. HARTZELL

Will focuses his practice on insurance coverage, complex business litigation, and appeals. Prior to
joining The McDougal Law Firm, Will practiced at a Am Law 200 firm, concentrating on insurance
coverage litigation. Will has practiced in both state and federal court, representing the interests of
various corporations, government entities, and trade organizations in high-stakes litigation.

Will earned his law degree, with high honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Upon
graduation, Will was elected by the faculty into the Order of the Coif, a scholastic society that honors
the nation’s top law students. Immediately following law school, Will completed a prestigious clerkship
for the Honorable Robert H. Edmunds, Jr. on the Supreme Court of North Carolina. During law school,
Will served as the executive editor of the North Carolina Journal of International Law and earned a spot
on the school’s National Moot Court Team by making it to the final round of a roughly 150-person moot
court tournament. Due to his achievement in moot court, Will was inducted into the Order of Barristers.

When not practicing law, Will enjoys cheering on the Tar Heels and spending time with his wife and
daughter.

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Catastrophic Personal Injury

Bar and Court Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law
    • JD with High Honors
    • Order of the Coif
    • Executive Editor, North Carolina Journal of International Law
    • Member, National Moot Court Team
    • Order of Barristers
    • Honors Writing School (legal writing tutor) and Oral Advocacy Enrichment
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • BA with distinction in Political Science and Anthropology

Clerkship

  • The Honorable Robert H. Edmunds, Jr., the Supreme Court of North Carolina

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