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Bar Admissions:

  • North Carolina


Court Admissions:

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • 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

William Bystrynski

Attorney/Partner

Attorney William (Bill) B. Bystrynski has spent his legal career representing clients who have been victims of negligence. Bill has successfully handled a wide variety of such cases, advocating on behalf of those severely injured or killed by drunk drivers, unsafe truckers, defective medical devices, fraternity hazing, unsafe working conditions, and other negligent acts.

Bill is listed in Best Lawyers in America, a widely regarded guide for legal excellence. He has also been named a Personal Injury “Super Lawyer” every year since the award was established. Additional honors include being named one of the top 100 trial lawyers in North Carolina by the American Association for Justice and receiving the highest rating—Preeminent—by Martindale-Hubbell.

Bill has handled two significant cases that were argued at the U.S. Supreme Court. One case ultimately resulted in an $8.2 million verdict in the wrongful death of two children that was tried by Bill and David Kirby. The other was a case Bill filed fighting Medicaid’s policy of taking large portions of settlements from poor people who were victims of others’ negligence. In a 2013 opinion written by Justice Kennedy, North Carolina’s Medicaid law was struck down as unconstitutional. The case helped thousands of seriously injured people across the country by allowing them to keep more of the settlements they receive from those responsible for their injuries.

Before practicing law, Bill spent 15 years as a newspaper reporter and as an editor at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. Bill continues to write articles for lawyers as well as lecture on a variety of topics. These topics include maximizing damages in wrongful death cases, investigating nursing home cases, dealing with arbitration clauses in medical malpractice cases and avoiding traps in drafting lawsuits.

Bill is an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cary, N.C., fulfilling a variety of roles within the church. In addition, he serves on committees of the North Carolina State Bar and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. In the past, Bill served for 10 consecutive years as chairman of the Wake County Bar Association’s Committee, which provides scholarships to deserving law students.

Bill is a magna cum laude graduate of Hofstra University (B.A. ’79) where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from the UNC School of Law (J.D. ’94) with honors. He is married and has two sons, David and Jonathan.

  • Catastrophic Personal Injury
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Product Liability
  • Fire and Burn Injuries
  • Premises Liability
  • Negligent Security
  • Aquatic Accidents
  • Fraternity Hazing and Negligence
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Wos v. E.M.A. – U.S. Supreme Court strikes down as unconstitutional Medicaid’s policy of taking large portions of settlements from poor people who were victims of others’ negligence.
  • $8.3 million verdict in the deaths of two boys killed in a bus crash.
  • $8.1 million settlement in death of father of three following highway wreck.
  • $5.35 million settlement for law enforcement officer killed in tractor-trailer wreck.
  • $4.7 million settlement in death of college student during “hell week” hazing.
  • $30.9 million settlement (following $25 million verdict) for 5-year-old girl who lost most of her intestines when she was trapped on a defective pool drain at neighborhood pool.
  • $4.6 million verdict for brain injury suffered when driver of repo wrecker strikes woman.
  • $3.75 million settlement for worker injured when struck by a truck.
  • $4 million injury settlement after truck driver drops delivery load on customer, leaving him paralyzed.
  • $4.5 million settlement in unfair trade practices involving stolen business.

 

These results cannot be used to predict success in future cases.  All cases are different and must be judged on their own facts.