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William E. Bonner

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Named by Super Lawyers magazine as one of Alabama’s Rising Stars and recognized in 2014 as one of the top “Forty Under 40” trial lawyers in Alabama, Billy is a “think-outside-the-box” attorney whose creative approach and hard work have resulted in beat-the-odds wins for his clients.  A powerful combination of drive, resourcefulness, and intelligence is the hallmark of Billy’s work.  He is one of the few attorneys at the firm that devotes equal time to both personal injury and business cases, and this diversity in his practice forms the foundation of his unique and focused approach to his clients' problems.

Billy enjoys handling complex cases that require a full and detailed understanding of how products, businesses, and markets work.  In recent years, he has handled cases involving industrial explosions, commercial trucking accidents, aviation accidents, interest-rate swaps, and employment fraud.  Since 2013, he has recovered nearly $30 million for his clients, and his cases have been reported by Bloomberg News, Business Alabama, the Press-Register, and The Birmingham News.

Some of Billy’s recent successes include: obtaining a nearly $10 million award for a local sewer company that was defrauded by a regional bank; securing an $8.5 million judgment for the family of a pilot who was killed in a helicopter crash; recovering over $3 million for the family of a man who was killed in an industrial explosion; securing a $1.75 million jury verdict for a yacht owner against an insurance company that refused to compensate him for the total loss of his yacht; and obtaining a $1 million policy limits settlement for a young man who was injured in a crash involving a commercial truck.  In addition to these successes, Billy has secured numerous confidential settlements for his clients that have exceeded $1 million.

A former member of the Spring Hill College baseball team and named All-American in 2000 and 2002, Billy was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. After graduating from Spring Hill College, he enrolled in law school at the University of Alabama, where he graduated summa cum laude in 2005. During law school, Billy was inducted into the Order of the Coif, was a Hugo Black Scholar, and received the Dean M. Leigh Harrison award for academic excellence. He also served as a senior editor of the Alabama Law Review. Married with four children, in his spare time Billy enjoys spending time with family, hunting, and fishing.

Recognition & Awards

  • Since 2011, Super Lawyers magazine has named Billy as one of Alabama & the Mid-South Region's Rising Stars
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® (2016 & 2017)
  • Recognized as one of Mobile's "Forty Under 40" in 2012
  • Since 2014, the National Trial Lawyers have named Billy as one of the Top “Forty Under 40” trial lawyers in Alabama.
  • AV® Preeminent™ 4.8/5.0 Peer Rating
  • Inducted into the Order of the Coif
  • Hugo Black Scholar
  • Received the Dean M. Leigh Harrison award for academic excellence
  • Member of the baseball team at Spring Hill College and was named an All-American in 2000 and 2002

Significant Verdicts

Biggest offshore spill in U.S. History

Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" in the Gulf of Mexico | U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana | MDL 2179

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico causing the deaths of 11 workers on the rig. It also caused oil to begin po...

$10 Million Verdict for Baldwin County Sewer System Against Regions Bank for Interest Rate Swap Fraud

Baldwin County Sewer System v. Regions Bank | Mobile County, Alabama Circuit Court | Case No. 02-CV-2010-902196.00

After a week-long arbitration trial, Cunningham Bounds attorneys’ obtained an award of nearly $10 million for interest rate swap fraud perpet...

Jury Rules against Bank and Servicing Company for Wrongfully Foreclosing on Family’s Home

Deutsche Bank National Trust Company v. Caldwell v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC | Mobile County, Circuit Court | CV-2010-901880

Following a week-long trial, a Mobile, Alabama jury awarded $400,000 to a husband and wife whose home was wrongfully foreclosed on by Deutsche Bank National Trust Company and its loan servicer, Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC. 

News

Feb 20, 2017

Austal Employees Sue Over ‘Dangerous Tool'

By:  Bill Riales Published:  WKRG News 5, February 17, 2017 http://wkrg.com/2017/02/17/austal-employees-sue-over-dangerous-tool/ Eight cu...

Feb 16, 2017

This tool cuts fingers and gashes faces, but shipbuilder still uses it

By Jennifer Gollan Published:  February 16, 2017, Reveal - The Center for Investigative Reporting Martin Osborn had a job to do at the Alabama...

Dec 20, 2016

All Partners of Cunningham Bounds Receive 2016 Super Lawyers Ranking

Mobile, Ala. – All the partners of Cunningham Bounds, LLC were selected to the 2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers list of outstanding attorney...

Aug 15, 2016

Lawyers of Cunningham Bounds Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

MOBILE, Ala. – Thirteen personal injury lawyers with the firm Cunningham Bounds, LLC were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in T...

Dec 17, 2015

Mobile Jury Awards Wrongfully Foreclosed Couple $400K ($375K In Punitives), Belting Banksters For Allegedly Manufacturing Series Of Mortgage Documents To Justify Illegitimate Foreclosure

The Home Equity Theft Reporter Published:  December 17, 2015, http://homeequitytheft.blogspot.com/ Following a weeklong trial, a Mobile jury a...

Dec 14, 2015

Jury rules against Bank and Servicing Co.

By: al.com  Published:  December 14, 2015, blog.al.com  Following a weeklong trial, a Mobile jury awarded $400,000 to a husband and ...

Dec 12, 2015

Deutsche Bank and Ocwen to pay $400,000 for Wrongful Foreclosure

The Housing Justice Foundation  Published: December 12, 2015, www.thjf.org Mobile, Ala. – Following a week-long trial, a Mobile, Alaba...

Dec 12, 2015

Jury Rules against Bank and Servicing Company for Wrongfully Foreclosing on Family’s Home

Mobile, Ala. – Following a week-long trial, a Mobile, Alabama jury awarded $400,000 to a husband and wife whose home was wrongfully foreclose...

Sep 29, 2015

Cunningham Bounds Investigating Volkswagen Emissions Cases

Our firm is currently investigating cases involving Volkswagen clean diesel engines.   Recent reports and studies have indicated that Vol...

Aug 18, 2015

Attorneys of Cunningham Bounds Recognized in Best Lawyers in America® 2016

MOBILE, Ala. – Thirteen lawyers from the firm Cunningham Bounds, LLC were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers ...

Jul 08, 2015

All Cunningham Bounds Partners Named to Alabama Super Lawyers

All the partners of Cunningham Bounds, LLC have been named to the annual list of Alabama Super Lawyers & Rising Stars.  The Super Lawyers ...

May 20, 2014

Regions to pay nearly $10 million for bond swap fraud, Mobile arbitration panel rules

By: Stan Diel, al.com  To read at al.com article click here.  BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Regions Bank will pay a Baldwin County sewer ...

May 19, 2014

Regions Bank Found Liable for Fraud, Ordered to Pay Local Sewer Company Millions

Mobile, Ala. – Following a week-long trial in January, an arbitration panel has found that Regions Bank bilked a local sewer company out of ...

May 11, 2014

Alabama Utility Shows How to Win Back Bank Swap Fee: Muni Credit

By Darrell Preston  Published: June 9, 2014, Bloomberg News  An arbitration ruling in favor of an Alabama sewer company that fought its...

Education

  • Admitted to Alabama Bar in 2005
  • University of Alabama, J.D.,summa cum laude, 2005
  • Spring Hill College, B.S., International Business, cum laude, 2002

Affiliations

  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • Member of the Mobile Bar Association
  • Mobile Volunteer Lawyer’s Program
  • Senior Editor, Alabama Law Review
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Board of Directors (2009)

Involvement

  • Board of Directors, YMCA of South Alabama
  • Finance Committee Member, Dauphin Way United Methodist Church

Reported Decisions

Better Business Bureau Accredited Business

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