William O Whitehurst
Austin Personal Injury Lawyer | Austin Personal Injury Attorney
* Brain Injury, Burn Injury, and Spinal Cord Injury
* Medical Malpractice
* Product Liability
* Drug and Medical Device Litigation
* Civil Rights Violations
* Aviation Accidents
* Auto and Truck Accidents
* Business Dispute Litigation
* Propane and Natural Gas Explosion Litigation
* General Negligence
* Federal Tort Claims Act
* Wrongful Death
Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng & Imhoff, P.C., represents victims of serious personal injuries and wrongful death, as well as businesspersons who have suffered from another party's negligence or unfair practices.
Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer - National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
William O Whitehurst
Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng & Imhoff PC
5113 Southwest Pkwy #150
Austin TX 78735
Tel: 512 476-4346
Fax: 512 476-4400
William O. Whitehurst is a past president of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He is a registered pharmacist in both Oklahoma and Texas, is board certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and is board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In addition, he has been an instrument-rated, licensed pilot since 1967. Mr. Whitehurst has served on the faculty of the University of Texas School of Law and Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Programs. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and American College of Trial Lawyers and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Since 1975, William O. Whitehurst has specialized in medical malpractice, defective product litigation, and auto accident and aviation accident investigation. Mr. Whitehurst has achieved some of the largest medical malpractice verdicts ever against the United States government, ranking him among the stateâ€™s top personal injury attorneys. For a brain-damaged baby in San Antonio , Texas, he recovered over $18.9 million; in Austin, Texas, he recovered over $15.7 million for a similar birth injury.
William O. Whitehurst is a co-founder of the national organization Bar Leaders for the Preservation of Legal Services to the Poor. He has served on the National Association for Public Interest Law (NAPIL) Fellowshipâ€™s Board of Directors and has served as the attorney advisor to the University of Texas School of Lawâ€™s Texas Law Fellowships program (Public Interest Law Grants) since its inception. He recently chaired the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants.
Mr. Whitehurst received the J. Chris Dougherty Award and the Texas Law Fellowship Award for his work in legal services and public interest law. He was honored by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association with its national award for extraordinary leadership and personal commitment to equal justice in America. Mr. Whitehurst was also honored by Texas Appleseed with a Good Apple Award for his involvement in the creation of Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA). He was named one of the Best Lawyers in Austin in the category of personal injury attorneys by Austin Monthly magazine and as a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine. He is also listed in the publication The Best Lawyers in America. Recently, Mr. Whitehurst was presented the Distinguished Lawyer Award by the Austin Bar Association, honoring Travis County lawyers who have practiced for 30 years or more and who have significantly contributed to the profession and the community.
Mr. Whitehurst and his wife, Stephanie, have two children, Emilee and Rebecca. Stephanie obtained a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Texas and is a former national president of the American Lawyers Auxiliary. Emilee has obtained degrees from Stanford and Harvard, is an ordained Presbyterian minister, and is currently the Executive Director of the Rothko Chapel in Houston. Rebecca obtained her degree from Stanford and is pursuing a career in dance and theater in New York City.
Mr. Whitehurst has been admitted to practice before the Texas Supreme Court; the United States District Court, Western District of Texas; the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. Court of Military Appeals; and the U.S. Supreme Court.