William E. Cannon, Jr.

Bill Close up (1)Bill Cannon is a native of Leesburg, Georgia and has been practicing law for more than 35 years. He focuses his practice in the area of civil litigation and has extensive experience in complex litigation. Bill enjoys working closely with his clients in finding innovative solutions to the challenges they face. He has a keen interest in professionalism and has been a speaker for orientations on professionalism at law schools.  Bill is an author of a variety of professional articles and has made many presentations on professionalism in the practice of law and the importance of the justice system. He is a past President of the State Bar of Georgia and a former member of the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association.  He currently serves on the Bench/Bar Liaison Committee and the Open Courts Initiative with the North Carolina Bar Association. Bill is an active United Methodist, having served as a District Lay Leader, and is a member of the Chancel Choir at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. He also enjoys acting in local community theater productions. Bill is Of Counsel to the Atlanta law firm of Cannon, Mihill & Winkles, LLC.



  • Emory University, B.A., 1974
  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1977


  • North Carolina State Bar
  • State Bar of Georgia (President, 1998-1999)


  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • Cherokee Tribal Court


North Carolina Bar Association

  • Member, Board of Governors (2011-2014)
  • Bench/Bar Liaison Committee
  • Open Courts Initiative
  • Professionalism Committee (2005-2011; Chair, 2010-2011)
  • Litigation Section
  • Construction Law Section

North Carolina Advocates for Justice

  • Auto Torts Section

American Bar Association

  • Litigation Section
  • Law Practice Management Section
  • Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section
Harry C. Martin American Inn of Court
  • Master of the Bench
  • Secretary/Treasurer

Speaker, “Professionalism–What is it and Why is it Important?”,  Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, 2012. Panelist, “Civil Disagreement: Exploring the Boundaries Between Zealous Representation & Professionalism”, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, 2010. “Doing Well By Doing Good”, Presentation for 30th District Bar Association Professionalism Program, 2005. First Place, Judge Edward R. Finch Law Day Speech Award, American Bar Association, 1999.

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