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.