• University of Alabama School of Law
      J.D., 1987
    • Davidson College
      B.A., 1984
    • Alabama
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama

William E. Shreve, Jr.

William Shreve practices in the areas of appellate advocacy, insurance coverage and civil litigation. He has handled more than 100 appeals and petitions for extraordinary writ in the Alabama Supreme Court, Alabama Court of Civil Appeals and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He has represented insurers and insureds in numerous coverage matters, preparing coverage opinions, prosecuting declaratory-judgment actions, defending breach-of-contract/bad-faith cases, and intervening on behalf of insurers in actions against insureds. He has also defended construction accident, products liability, premises liability, outrageous conduct, civil rights, business interference, defamation, and other personal injury and commercial litigation.


  • Bordonaro v. CLK Multi-Family Mgmt., Case No. 1110304 (Ala. Sept. 14, 2012) (affirming summary judgment for landlord on claim for negligence involving near-drowning of minor tenant in drainage ditch adjacent to apartment complex)
  • Kennedy v. Boles Investments, Inc., 2011 WL 2262479 (S.D. Ala. June 7, 2011) (maker of note not liable for late fee, prejudgment interest, or attorney’s fees where creditor rejected prepayment tender) aff’d, 2012 WL 5416493 (11th Cir. Nov. 6, 2012)
  • Hartford Underwriters Ins. Co. v. Reed, 57 So. 3d 742 (Ala. 2010) (finding that insurer cancelled workers-compensation-insurance policy, reversing judgment for plaintiff)
  • Kennedy v. Boles Investments, Inc., 53 So. 3d 60 (Ala. 2010) (affirming judgment for breach of prepayment provision in promissory note resulting in lost sale of real estate)
  • Watson v. Whittington Real Estate, LLC, 16 So. 3d 802 (Ala. Civ. App. 2009) (dismissing appeal where judgment was final and party failed to file timely appeal)
  • Hanes v. Greyhound Lines, Inc., 316 Fed. Appx. 841 (11th Cir. 2008) (evidence supported verdict for defendant on plaintiff’s assault-and-battery claim)
  • Montiel v. Estate of Montiel, 986 So. 2d 444 (Ala. Civ. App. 2007) (reversing judgment that deceased employee’s estate, rather than widow, was beneficiary of employee’s deferred-compensation plan)
  • P.G. Charter Boats, Inc. v. Soles, 437 F.3d 1140 (11th Cir. 2006) (claimant gave sufficient notice of claim under federal maritime Limitation of Liability Act such that vessel owner’s action was time-barred)
  • RLI Insurance Co. v. MLK Ave. Redevelopment Corp., 925 So. 2d 914 (Ala. 2005) (affirming judgment in action on construction performance bond)
  • Thomas v. Henderson, 297 F. Supp. 2d 1311 (S.D. Ala. 2003) (granting insurer’s motion to intervene to submit jury interrogatories and verdict form so that coverage issues could be determined)
  • Pierce v. Pierce, 884 So. 2d 855 (Ala. Civ. App. 2003) (reversing custody modification)
  • Moss v. Williams, 822 So. 2d 392 (Ala. 2001) (deed conveyed fee-simple interest in land rather than mere easement)
  • Courtaulds Fibers, Inc. v. Long, 779 So. 2d 198 (Ala. 2000) (statute regarding changed conditions barred plaintiffs’ nuisance claim based on industrial plant’s carbon-disulfide emissions)
  • Ex parte Cove Properties, Inc., 796 So. 2d 331 (Ala. 2000) (pier encroached on adjacent owner’s riparian rights)
  • Ex parte Courtaulds Fibers, Inc., 784 So. 2d 1036 (Ala. 2000) (dismissal of earlier workers-compensation cases for failure to comply with court order barred subsequent cases for same injuries)
  • Infiniti of Mobile, Inc. v. Office, 727 So. 2d 42 (Ala. 1999) (compelling arbitration of claims against automobile dealership and employee)
  • Tanner ex rel. Tanner v. Lee, 725 So. 2d 988 (Ala. Civ. App. 1998) (construction company not liable for injury to child playing in partially constructed house)
  • Becton v. Rhone-Poulenc, Inc., 706 So. 2d 1134 (Ala. 1997) (statute of limitations barred claim for on-the-job exposure to carbon disulfide)
  • Butler v. AAA Warehousing & Moving Co., 686 So. 2d 291 (Ala. Civ. App. 1996) (erector of Mardi Gras parade reviewing stand not liable for injury to parade watcher)
  • Wood v. President & Trustees of Spring Hill College, 978 F.2d 1214 (11th Cir. 1992) (college not liable to student for handicap discrimination under Rehabilitation Act)


  • “Post-Judgment Review of Punitive Damages,” 77 Alabama Lawyer 250 (2016)
  • "Determining an Insurer's Duty to Defend," 74 Alabama Lawyer 239 (2013)
  • "Exploring Wantonness," 74 Alabama Lawyer 48 (2013)
  • "Settling the Claims of a Minor," 72 Alabama Lawyer 308 (2011)
  • "The Role of the Motion to Strike in Summary-Judgment Procedure," Vol. 26, No. 2 Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Journal 32 (2010)
  • "Motions for Judgment as a Matter of Law and for New Trial: Preserving the Record for Appeal," Vol. 13, No. 2 Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Journal 9 (1997)
  • "Settling the Claims of a Minor" (original version), Vol. 9, No. 2 Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Journal 32 (1993)
Speaking Engagements
  • "Recent Developments in Mandamus Review of Interlocutory Rulings," Mobile Bar Association Appellate Practice Seminar (April 17, 2015)
  • "Argument and Choosing Issues to Argue," Mobile Bar Association Appellate Practice Seminar (Nov. 18, 2011)
  • "Constructing the Appellate Brief," Mobile Bar Association Appellate Practice Seminar (Dec. 10, 2010) and Legal Services Alabama Seminar (Nov. 4, 2008)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association - Amicus Curiae Committee
  • Alabama State Bar - Appellate Practice Section
  • Mobile Bar Association - Appellate Practice Committee


  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America© - Insurance, Appellate Practice (Lawyer of the Year - Appellate, 2013)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (Top 50 in Alabama: 2013-2016, 2011)