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Bill Clineburg is a partner in Taylor English’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Employment and Labor Relations groups. 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 King & Spalding for 37 years, including 31 years as a partner. Prior to joining King & Spalding, 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
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta Inc., Board of Trustees, Chairman
Leadership Atlanta, 1991
Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Elder, Trustee, Legal Counsel
Defended HomeBanc, and its former CEO, in Wage-Hour collective actions in Georgia and Florida federal courts seeking to treat mortgage loan officers as non-exempt and thereby entitled to overtime pay. All were settled very inexpensively.
Assumed defense of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company after a default judgment had been entered against the company by a federal judge in Georgia, in an ERISA case discovery dispute. After a hearing on damages, we appealed to the 11th Circuit, which vacated the default judgment.
Defended Fortune 100 companies, including John Harland Co., Brown & Williamson, General Motors, IBM, Tenneco Packaging/PACTIV, and Rockwell International in various individual and class action discrimination suits, jury and non-jury, in federal courts in Georgia.
- Multiple suits defending or seeking to void non-compete agreements
Served as attorneys’ fee expert for an ERISA fiduciary and the City of Atlanta.
- Mr. Clineburg has made numerous speeches for the American Bar Association Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Committee, the American Employment Law Council, lawyer seminars and in-house King & Spalding seminars.
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The University of Georgia School of Law, JD, cum laude, 1970
- Georgia Law Review, Editor, 1968-1970
- Georgia Journal of International Law, Editor
Brown University, AB, 1965
Hon. Roger Robb, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 1970-1971
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
Georgia Super Lawyers, 2004-2017
Georgia Trend Legal Elite