William (Bill) Gentry
  • Managing Partner
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  • Managing Partner
Location:
Marietta, GA
Phone:
Fax:
770-422-1347
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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

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

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

Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1986
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • B.A. - 1981

Representative Cases

  • Thompson v. Thompson, 526 S.E.2d 576, 1999, Ga. App., 1999265161
  • Simpson Consulting, Inc. v. Barclays Bank PLC, 227 Ga. App. 648, 490 S.E.2d 184, 1997, Ga. App., 1997158408
  • Pinkard v. Morris, 215 Ga. App. 297, 450 S.E.2d 330, 1994, Ga. App., 1994240895
  • Cherokee County, Georgia v. McBride, 262 Ga. 460, 421 S.E.2d 530, 1992, Ga. Supr. Ct., 1992184826
  • Vertner v. Gerber, 198 Ga. App. 645, 402 S.E.2d 315, 1991, Ga. App., 1991068808
  • Complete Concepts Ltd. v. General handbag Corp., 880 F.2d 382, 1989, 11th Cir., 1989111948
  • Smith v. Travis Pruit & Associates, PC, 192 Ga. App. 496, 385 S.E.2d 132, 1989, Ga. App., 1989160438
  • Atlanta Dairies Cooperative v. Grindle, 182 Ga. App. 409, 356 S.E.2d 42, 1987, Ga. App., 1987064947

References

  • BB&T Bank

Classes/Seminars

  • Skillful Use of Objections from Jury Selection to Closing Argument, National Business Institute, 03/30/2016
  • Closing Statements and Final Jury Instructions – Steer the Jury in the Right Direction, National Business Institute, 03/30/2016
  • Dividing Real Property in Divorce, National Business Institute, 12/09/2015
  • Discovery in Divorce , National Business Institute, 06/25/2016
  • Common and Not So Common Family Law Issues and Answers, National Business Institute, 06/25/2015
  • Identifying the “Rambo” Litigator, National Business Institute, 06/13/2013
  • Child Support After the Initial Divorce Determinations, National Business Institute, 07/20/2010
  • Spousal Support in Divorce, National Business Institute, 07/20/2010
  • Preparation of Witnesses, National Business Institute, 08/24/2007
  • Defending Depositions, National Business Institute, 08/24/2007

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

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

Past Employment Positions

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

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Phi Alpha Delta