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William D. Deveney


Suite 800
229 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303

404-582-8414 - Direct
404-659-6700 - Main


Will provides counseling and representation to private and public sector employers, including best practices, litigation avoidance, case strategy, and trial tactics.  He works with private clients in a variety of nationwide industries, including communications, home security, utilities, and service.  Will also is a member of the firm's Complex Litigation Practice Group and has experience in business and commercial litigation, as well as other large exposure matters.


J.D., Emory University, 1989
B.A., University of Maryland, 1981


Benefits Litigation
Class & Collective Action
Complex Litigation
Employment Law
Labor Relations
Unfair Competition
Wage and Hour


American Bar Association
State Bar of Georgia
Atlanta Bar Association
Dekalb Chamber of Commerce


Member of Board of Commissioners, Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity (Governor Appointed)
Law Clerk to the Honorable Allen L. Chancey, Chief Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
Georgia Super Lawyers
Best Lawyers® in America



Representative Matters

Rounds, Case No. A20A1226 (Ga. Ct. App. 2020) (successfully defended governmental association against breach of contract and tort claims in dispute over retirement benefits).

West, 2020 WL 5870246 (11th Cir. 2020) (successfully defended city against race discrimination and Georgia whistleblower retaliation claims).

Palzer, 2020 WL 6226904 (10th Cir. 2020) (successfully defended major communications company against race and age discrimination claims, as well as retaliation claims).

Moreno, 2020 WL 5036026 (9th Cir. 2020) (successfully defended major home security company against claims of race and national origin discrimination).

Barnes, 2018 WL 4232027 (N.D. Okla. 2018) (successfully defended major communications company against Family and Medical Leave Act claims).

Nealis, 731 F. App’x 787 (10th Cir. 2017) (successfully defended major communications company against retaliatory discharge claim under Title VII).

Garcia, 321 Ga. App. 48 (2013) (successfully defended major carpeting manufacturer against defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and other tort claims).

Hiers, 284 Ga. App. 640 (2007) (successfully defended major credit check company against claims brought under employment agreement).

Onque, 2006 WL 2707466 (D. Nev. 2006) (obtained summary judgment for major communications company on correct formula to be applied to employee’s overtime claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act).

Matewski, 2003 WL 215166577 (D. Maine 2003) (successfully defended major exterminating company against disability discrimination claim under the Maine Human Rights Act).

In addition, Will has filed amicus curiae briefs in support of private and public employers: Reilly v. Alcan Aluminum Corp., 272 Ga. 279 (2000) (refusing to recognize employee claim in tort for age discrimination); and McKinney v. Pate, 20 F.3d 1550 (11th Cir. 1994) (restricting substantive due process claims in public employment).


Legal Assistant/Paralegal:

Connie Bush-Adu

404-582-8405 - Phone-Number - Direct