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William Vann Burkett

William Vann Burkett

Hodges Trial Lawyers P.C.
  • Real Estate Law, Personal Injury, Business Law ...
  • Alabama
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Biography

I was born in Huntsville, Alabama and grew up working in and around my parents’ local small business. I graduated from Randolph School (13’) where I was a member of the inaugural football team. I also played on the golf team and trumpet in the school band. After graduation, I attended Auburn University. I graduated cum laude in 2017 with a Batchelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

From there, I attended Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. During my time at Cumberland, I served as a Junior Editor for the Cumberland Law Review and on the board as the Online Research Editor. I authored an article on Alabama property law and eminent domain titled: “Southern Takings: Alabama Eminent Domain, Inverse Condemnation, and Regulatory Takings” 50 Cumb. L. Rev. 211 (2020). I received seven best paper awards including: Contracts I & II, Constitutional Law I, Property, State Constitutional Law, State and Local Taxation, and Advanced Evidence. I was also fortunate to serve on the Honor Court and as an Academic Support Mentor. At Cumberland, I had the opportunity to study under one Federal Circuit Judge, two Federal Magistrate Judges, and a Municipal Court Judge. I graduated magna cum laude from Cumberland School of Law in 2020.

My wife Alessandra and I were happy to return to Huntsville after I finished law school. We have made our home here and she is working in outside sales for United Rentals, Inc.

I handle personal injury, property, and civil litigation matters. Whether it is a contract, injury case, or real estate dispute; Hodges Trial Lawyers is prepared to guide you through the legal process. I enjoy hearing the life stories of our diverse clients and working hard to achieve their objectives. Being raised around a small business, I understand what it takes to get the job done.

When not practicing law, I enjoy spending time outdoors, working on my old Jeep, and playing golf

Education
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
J.D. (2020) | Law
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Publications: “Southern Takings: Alabama Eminent Domain, Inverse Condemnation, and Regulatory Takings” 50 Cumb. L. Rev. 211 (2020).
Honors: Graduated magna cum laude Best paper awards: Contracts I & II, Constitutional Law I, Property, State Constitutional Law, State and Local Taxation, and Advanced Evidence.
Activities: Law Review Executive Board Member Treasurer of Christian Legal Society
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Auburn University
B.S. (2017) | Business Administration
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Honors: Cum Laude
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Professional Experience
Attorney
Hodges Trial Lawyers P.C.
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Speaking Engagements
Evaluating Sale for Division Cases, Hodges Trial Lawyers, P.C. Toy Drive CLE, Athens-Limestone Public Library
Professional Associations
Alabama State Bar  # 3010F63Y
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Activities: Practicing Attorney seeking justice for each and every client.
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American Association for Justice
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Activities: Dedicated member seeking justice of his clients.
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Alabama
Alabama State Bar Association
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Please call for details. Fees are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Practice Areas
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Construction Law
    Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. I was involved in an accident 11/18/22. The other driver came in my lane going in the same direction at 70mph in Ms.
A: You should contact a personal injury attorney immediately. Do not speak with an adjuster or insurance company until you have spoken with an attorney and received legal counsel. Based on the few facts that you report, it appears that the other driver is at fault. Any time there are significant injuries, the case has the potential to involve complex issues of liability, causation, and damages. You should consult with an attorney to protect your interests and learn about your rights under Alabama Law.
Q. I have a tax lien on a property where the landowner has died. Would I be able to take possession of the vacant property?
A: Tax liens can be handled in various ways throughout the State of Alabama. Because I do not know the county or city that you are in I cannot tell you which set of rules that your lien follows. It is very possible that you have a right to possession after purchasing the property at a tax sale but it is also possible that the heirs of the property may still have rights. If your goal is to seek possession and clear title to the real property you will likely need to either file an ejectment or quiet title action. To do this you should consult with a real property lawyer near you to find out what rights and claims you may have.
Q. Do I need a lawyer to add joint tenancy with right of survivorship to my house deed?
A: This is a great question. While you may attempt to draft a deed yourself it is certainly not recommended. The language must be very specific to achieve your goal of adding survivorship rights. You should contact a real estate closing attorney who can draft a deed that will accomplish your goal.
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Hodges Trial Lawyers, P.C.
320 Clinton Avenue East
Huntsville, AL 35801
Telephone: (256) 539-3110