William (Bill) C. Gentry

William (Bill) C. Gentry

Managing Partner
Marietta, Georgia
William C. ("Bill") Gentry has been practicing law in Georgia since 1986. His primary area of practice is family law cases, including divorce, high asset property division, child custody, and alimony cases. Bill served as President of the 1,000-member Cobb County Bar Association in 2001 and 2002. In 2012, Bill was elected to the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia, the mandatory association that governs lawyers and the practice of law in Georgia. Bill has tried hundreds of cases in state and federal courts throughout Georgia, and he has argued dozens of appeals in both state and federal appellate courts in Georgia. He is admitted to and has argued in the Georgia Supreme Court and the Georgia Court of Appeals and the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta. Bill is also a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Cobb County Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the American Bar Association, and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and he is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Bill is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia's Economics Honors Program where he earned his BA degree in 1981. Bill earned his law degree from the University of Georgia in Athens in 1986. Bill serves as Lay Leader at Due West United Methodist Church and has previously served as Chair of the Administrative Board, the Long Range Planning Committee, and the Staff Parish Relations Committee.

Areas of Practice

  • 60% Family Law, Divorce Law, Domestic Relations, Child Custody
  • 20% Personal Injury
  • 20% Workers Compensation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007


  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1986
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • B.A. - 1981
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Economics (Honors Program)


  • BB&T Bank


  • Skillful Use of Objections from Jury Selection to Closing Argument, National Business Institute, March 30, 2016 - Present
  • Closing Statements and Final Jury Instructions – Steer the Jury in the Right Direction, National Business Institute, March 30, 2016 - Present
  • Dividing Real Property in Divorce, National Business Institute, December 9, 2015 - Present
  • Discovery in Divorce , National Business Institute, June 25, 2016 - Present
  • Common and Not So Common Family Law Issues and Answers, National Business Institute, June 25, 2015 - Present
  • Identifying the “Rambo” Litigator, National Business Institute, June 13, 2013 - Present
  • Child Support After the Initial Divorce Determinations, National Business Institute, July 20, 2010 - Present
  • Spousal Support in Divorce, National Business Institute, July 20, 2010 - Present
  • Preparation of Witnesses, National Business Institute, August 24, 2007 - Present
  • Defending Depositions, National Business Institute, August 24, 2007 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 2000 - 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia, Board of Governors, 2012 - Present
  • Cobb County Bar Association, Past President, 1988 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Gentry, Smith, Dettmering, Morgan, Schnatmeier & Collins, LLP, Partner , 2012 - 2016
  • Gentry, Smith, Dettmering, Morgan & Schnatmeier, LLP, Partner , 2007 - 2012
  • Gentry Law Firm, Owner , 1999 - 2007
  • Flournoy, Gentry & Morgan, LLP, Partner , 1997 - 1999
  • Flournoy & Gentry, LLP, Partner , 1990 - 1997
  • Webb & Daniel, Associate , 1986 - 1990


  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Phi Alpha Delta