William K Whitner is a partner in the Litigation Department of Paul Hastings, where he is Co-Chair of the Complex Litigation and Trial Practice group as well as Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity Council. His practice focuses on complex civil corporate matters, with wide-ranging substantive commercial experience that includes contract disputes, business torts, employment discrimination matters, franchise disputes, intellectual property matters, and class actions. Mr. Whitner represents global and national companies in federal, state and arbitration tribunals around the country at the trial and appellate levels.
Consistently recognized for his legal excellence, Mr. Whitner is routinely identified by Best Lawyers, by Super Lawyers as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia,” by Franchise Times as a “Legal Eagle,” and by Savoy Magazine as one of “The Most Influential Lawyers” in America. He has an established record of success counseling clients on their most sensitive matters and successfully resolving disputes at every stage of litigation.
• Yale Law School, J.D., 1996 (Served on the Journal of Yale Law and Policy Review and as a member of the Moot Court Board and Barristers’ Union Trial Board). • Georgetown University, B.A., 1993.
Paul Hastings’ Litigators Score High Rankings in 2017 Benchmark Litigation
October 21, 2016
Paul Hastings Achieves Complex Litigation Summary Judgment Win for Regions Bank
July 11, 2012
Best Lawyers Names 91 Lawyers to 2011 Edition of Rankings
August 16, 2010
Paul Hastings Elects Sixteen To Partnership
November 10, 2006
Ranked a Top 5 Firm in Vault/MCCA's Annual Law Firm Diversity Survey
Paul Hastings is ranked Top 5 in Vault/MCCA’s annual Law Firm Diversity Survey, which surveys law firm associates about their firm’s overall commitment to hiring, retaining and promoting diverse attorneys.
The firm’s diversity programs, including our Paul Hastings Affinity Networks (PHANs), are guided by our Diversity Council, which is led by the Firm’s Managing Partner Greg Nitzkowski along with Litigation Partner K Whitner. We have 14 Women’s PHANs as well as national Asia, Black, LGBTA and Latin Networks, which are open to everyone, along with a broader Women’s Initiative. We also published firm-wide Transgender Transition Guidelines in November 2016.
Benchmark Litigation 2017
Benchmark Litigation recognized Yar Chaikovsky, Gerald Flattmann, Douglas Flaum, Holly House, Joseph O'Malley, Barry Sher, Peter Stone, William Sullivan, Bruce Wexler, William K. Whitner, and Thomas Zaccaro as Litigation Stars in its 2017 guide, which focuses exclusively on litigation in the United States. The guide is the result of six months of research, including extensive interviews with litigators and
clients as well as a close examination of recent casework handled by the firm. The firm was ranked in Tier 1 for U.S. Intellectual Property and as Highly Recommended in California.
October 21, 2016
Benchmark Litigation 2016
Benchmark Litigation recognized Yar Chaikovsky, Gerald Flattmann, Douglas Flaum, Holly House, Joseph O'Malley, Barry Sher, Peter Stone, William Sullivan, Bruce Wexler, and William K. Whitner as Litigation Stars in its 2016 guide, which focuses exclusively on litigation in the United States and is the result of six-months of research that includes extensive interviews with litigators, clients and a close examination of recent casework handled by the firm. The firm was ranked as Highly Recommended in California, and in Tier 2 for US Intellectual Property.
Additionally, the firm was shortlisted for the 2016 Benchmark Litigation US Awards in the State Firm Awards – California category, and Yar Chaikovsky was shortlisted in the Practice Area Attorneys of the Year – Intellectual Property category.
Recognized Among Savoy Magazine’s Most Influential Black Lawyers
William Whitner was recognized among Savoy Magazine's Most Influential Black Lawyers. The list features attorneys from leading law firms as well as corporate counsel from Fortune 1000 companies, comprising “an influential cross section of legal professionals representing a diverse range of expertise with national and global responsibilities.”
March 07, 2015
National Bar Association
The National Bar Association, along with IMPACT, honored Atlanta Paul Hastings partner William Whitner as a recipient of the 2010 Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 award.
May 28, 2010