William Clineburg, Litigation, Class Action Attorney

William A. Clineburg Jr.

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Bill Clineburg is a partner in Taylor English’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Employment and Labor Relations Departments. He has been involved in high-stakes, complex business litigation on behalf of corporations and individuals for more than 43 years. During that time, he has successfully litigated both jury and nonjury trials, individual and class actions in state and federal courts throughout the United States, and argued appeals in a number of state and federal appellate courts. He also has effectively utilized formal and informal means of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. For example, he is currently representing former executives who are challenging the discount rate their former employer is applying to value their benefits in a terminated Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) top-hat deferred compensation plan (also called Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan, or SERP). He also recently served as class-action counsel in a Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) suit alleging a multiple listing service and its brokers were engaged in fee splitting and paying kickbacks. The bulk of his cases have been devoted to defending employers in individual and class-action discrimination suits.

Before joining Taylor English, Mr. Clineburg practiced with an international corporate law firm for 37 years, including 31 years as a partner. Prior to joining the firm, he served as law clerk to Judge Roger Robb, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, from 1970 to 1971.


Atlanta Bar Association

State Bar of Georgia

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Inc., Fellow

Community Involvement

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta Inc., Board of Trustees, Chairman

Leadership Atlanta, 1991

Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Elder, Trustee, Legal Counsel

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The University of Georgia School of Law, JD, cum laude, 1970

Brown University, AB, 1965


Hon. Roger Robb, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 1970-1971

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Courts & Adjudicative Bodies

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court


Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

The Best Lawyers in America® 2006-2020

Georgia Super Lawyers, 2004-2020

Georgia Trend Legal Elite

Chambers USA: Leading Business Lawyers - Employment, 2009-2012