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  • PRACTICE FOCUS
  • EDUCATION+
    • University of North Carolina School of Law
      J.D., with high honors, 2016, Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
      B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology, with distinction, 2012
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • North Carolina
  • CLERKSHIP+
    • Hon. Robert H. Edmunds, Jr., The Supreme Court of North Carolina

William R. Hartzell practices in the area of insurance. His practice focuses on complex insurance coverage, counseling, and litigation in both the first-party and third-party context, including defending insurers against allegations of “bad faith.” Will also engages in labor and employment litigation and constitutional litigation.

Practice Focus

Experience

  • Obtained dismissal of breach of contract claim and extra-contractual claims for domestic property insurer in connection with claim that insurer improperly denied coverage for destruction of grain silo.
  • Successfully represented property insurers against premature breach of contract claims, forcing dispute into cost-effective appraisal process.
  • Assisted in successful defense of contribution claim among third-party insurers in South Carolina.
  • Achieved summary judgment in favor of employer sued for breaching alleged promise to hire.
  • Provided counseling to various insurers regarding coverage obligations under various forms of property and liability policies.

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Publications

Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law
    J.D., with high honors, 2016, Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology, with distinction, 2012

Admissions

  • North Carolina

Clerkships

  • Hon. Robert H. Edmunds, Jr., The Supreme Court of North Carolina
  • Obtained dismissal of breach of contract claim and extra-contractual claims for domestic property insurer in connection with claim that insurer improperly denied coverage for destruction of grain silo.
  • Successfully represented property insurers against premature breach of contract claims, forcing dispute into cost-effective appraisal process.
  • Assisted in successful defense of contribution claim among third-party insurers in South Carolina.
  • Achieved summary judgment in favor of employer sued for breaching alleged promise to hire.
  • Provided counseling to various insurers regarding coverage obligations under various forms of property and liability policies.