William H. King, III

William H. King, III



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The Clark Building
400 20th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
205-581-0700 (phone)
205-581-0799 (facsimile)


  • B.A., Washington and Lee University, 1986 magna cum laude
  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1989 The Order of the Coif


  • Alabama , 1989

William was the first attorney “hired” by the firm, starting February 1, 1990, two weeks after the firm was formed. An avid college sports fan, William has incorporated this interest into his daily law practice on an expanding basis. William has represented universities from the Southeastern, Atlantic Coast, Big 10, Big 12, and Pacific 12 Conferences. He has also represented and consulted with collegiate coaches and administrators in NCAA-compliance matters over the past decade.

In the past decade, William’s practice in the area of NCAA compliance has taken off.  William has handled dozens of investigations involving NCAA compliance issues and has appeared numerous times before the Committee on Infractions. He has worked extensively and regularly with the NCAA Enforcement Staff on many different issues and has gained the reputation of being honest, thorough and effective in representing his clients. In addition to NCAA compliance work, William also has extensive experience in drafting contracts for head coaches and assistant coaches in revenue sports and regularly provides advice and representation in employment-related issues.

William is a frequent speaker on compliance issues and since 2008 has spoken at the Southeastern Conference annual meeting and on campus at Auburn, Southern California, West Virginia, LSU, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Memphis, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Troy and UAB. 

The other primary area of William’s practice is employment law. He has successfully defended employers in employment-related issues in both state and federal courts for more than two decades. The focus of this work has been defending federal employment discrimination suits and claims in court and before the EEOC. He also has extensive experience in state law employment issues such as retaliatory discharge claims and joint employment issues. 

In addition to collegiate sports and employment law, William also handles business, consumer fraud and personal injury matters for an array of clients.

William has been a member of the Alabama Bar since 1989. Prior to joining the firm, he was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Robert S. Vance on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He has been recognized in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 editions of Alabama Super Lawyers for his Entertainment and Sports work, and in the 2007 "Best of the Bar" edition of the Birmingham Business Journal for his Employment work.

William’s interests outside work are his family and his church. He and his wife have three children, and his family is active in their church. William has served as senior warden at his church twice, taught a senior high Sunday school class and was a member of his church’s pastor search committee. He and his family are active in local charities for the homeless.