William J. Akins

E: William.Akins@fisherbroyles.com

T: (214) 924-9504

Dallas Office / Austin Office


William J. Akins

Practice Areas:

  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Environmental Health & Safety
  • Financial Services & Lending
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Litigation – Appellate
  • Litigation – Civil Pretrial and Trial Services
  • Litigation & Risk Management
  • Mediation
  • Political Law & Litigation
  • Professional & Management Liability
  • TCPA Practice Group

Bar Admissions:

  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas


  • Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University; J.D., 2002
  • University of Texas at Arlington; B.B.A., Finance and Economics, 1999

Large Law Firm Experience:

  • Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP

Clerkship Experience:

  • United States District Court, Magistrate Judge Irma C. Ramirez – Law Clerk, 2002 – 2004

William knows litigation. William employs skills developed while working for federal judges to identify and assess each case’s critical strengths and weaknesses, leading to early strategic plans. The use of targeted investigative measures and aggressive/innovative deposition techniques are the touchstones of William’s approach. With superior knowledge in navigating the minefield of state and federal procedural requirements, he is adept at maintaining the edge in disputes. He also brings an appellate background to trial practice, having handled numerous appeals and oral arguments, including successfully arguing before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

William knows clients. William partners with clients to establish litigation campaigns that are consistent with the clients’ overall business objectives.  Case results are unique, and often provide the chance to narrowly tailor results to suit clients’ ongoing business goals. Litigation also frequently provides opportunities for addressing risks and crafting and implementing plans to minimize future exposure.

William knows high-stakes. William successfully represented the world’s third-largest aircraft manufacturer in lawsuits concerning sales of multi-million dollar jet aircraft. He often represents international product manufacturers in wrongful death cases seeking hundreds of millions of dollars. An international manufacturer called on William to spear-head its trademark campaign against a network of illicit importers, resulting in agreed injunctions and settlements. One of the nation’s largest health insurers relied on William to argue its first Texas Prompt Pay Act arbitration, which affected numerous other similar matters with tens of millions in claimed damages. He also represents attorneys and other professionals in high-profile malpractice actions, including those reported in the Texas Lawyer, Law360, and Forbes. William rounds out his practice with an array of commercial disputes arising out of varied aspects of a business’s day-to-day activities, including employment, premises liability, and transportation issues.

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyers, Texas Rising Star (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Texas Super Lawyers for Professional Liability – Defense (2014, 2015)


  • New Amendments and Additions to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure (2012)
  • Changes to Regulations Governing Federal Removal and Venue (2012)