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William D. Acton

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Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Disputes
William D. Acton, Jr.
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William D. Acton, Jr.
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Certified Legal Specialties:
  • Board Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation, North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization
Biography:
I have always enjoyed representing people who have been injured, whether before the Industrial Commission, a jury, the NC Court of Appeals or the NC Supreme Court.
Past Positions:
  • Mecklenburg County Office of the Public Defender, Defended and tried hundreds of cases from Traffic Offenses to Capital Murder, 1977 to 1984
  • Griffin, Ruff and Acton, Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury and Criminal practice, 1984 to 1990
Representative Cases:
  • Insurance bad faith and punitive damages. $2,000 compensatory damages and $225,000 punitive damages., Lovell v. Nationwide, 108 N.C.App. 416, 424 S.E.2d 181 (1993), affirmed 334 N.C. 682, 435 S.E.2d 71 (1993).
  • Unfair Trade Practices, treble damages, Process Components v. Baltimore Aircoil, Inc., 89 N.C.App. 649, 366 S.E.2d 907, (1988), affirmed, 323 N.C. 620, 374 S.E.2d 116 (1988).
  • Workers Comp: Denied back claim, with appeals to the Supreme Court. Settlement payout for over $300,000. , Gregory v W.A. Brown & Sons, 363 N.C. 750, 688 S.E.2d 431 (2010).
  • Workers Comp: Penalties against insurance carrier for illegal wrongful termination of benefits. Settlement payout for over $438,000. , Baxter v. Nichols and Key Risk Insurance, I.C. No. 687088, affirmed by Supreme Court, 363 N.C. 829, 690 S.E.2d 265 (2010).
  • Workers Comp: Reinstatement of past due benefits for police officer. Payout for over $164,000., Police Officer Lisa Shupe v. City of Charlotte, 205 N.C.App. 321, 697 S.E.2d 525, 2010 WL 2651609 (N.C.App.)Unpublished Disposition.
  • Workers Comp: Broken hand for machine worker. Settlement of over $200,000.
Professional Associations:
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Former member of the Workers' Compensation Council
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Former member of the Workers' Compensation Board
Education:
  • North Carolina Central University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1977
    • Honors: cum laude
  • North Carolina State University
    • B.A. - 1974
    • Major: Economics
Bar Admissions:
  • North Carolina, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Honors:
  • Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009, 2011 - 2013
Fraternities/Sororities :
  • Kappa Alpha Order