William Sims Stone

William Sims Stone

Senior Member
Atlanta, Georgia

Mr. Stone is a trial lawyer from Blakely, Georgia, who specializes in personal injury, wrongful death, professional malpractice, product liability, commercial and consumer fraud cases. He is the senior member of his own firm, STONE LAW GROUP, LLC, 589 College Street, Blakely, Georgia 39823, and 3050 Peachtree Rd. NW, Suite 360, Atlanta, Georgia 30305. The firm's predecessor was founded in 1915 by Mr. Stone's grandfather, the late Wm. Lowrey Stone. Past members of the firm include Mr. Stone's father, Lowrey S. Stone, who formerly served as Chief Judge of Superior Courts, Pataula Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Stone was born in Dothan, Alabama, on August 19, 1953. He attended the public schools in Early County, Georgia and graduated from Early County High School in 1971. He attended the University of Georgia College of Business Administration and received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a major in accounting on graduation in 1975. Mr. Stone also attended the Netherlands Institute of Industrial Economics near Amsterdam in The Netherlands in 1973.

Mr. Stone received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1977. He was admitted to practice law in the state of Georgia in 1977 and in the state of Alabama in 1985. He is also member of the bars of the United States District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia, the Middle District of Alabama, and the Central District of Illinois, as well as the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits.

The publishers of the Martindale Hubble Law Directory have awarded Mr. Stone its highest rating (AV) for legal ability and integrity.

Mr. Stone is a Life Member and past president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and is also a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the Alabama State Bar, the American Association for Justice, and the Southwest Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Stone is one of 3 members of the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice from Georgia. Mr. Stone is a member of the AAJ President's Club and serves as Co-chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Association for Justice.

Mr. Stone has served on the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission that recommends candidates to the Governor for appointment to vacant judgeships in Georgia.

Mr. Stone has authored a number of published articles and is a frequent lecturer at legal seminars on the subject of trial practice and tort law.

Mr. Stone serves on a number of committees with the State Bar of Georgia, including the Advertising Regulation Committee.

Mr. Stone is a past president of the Blakely Rotary Club, and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Blakely.

Mr. Stone has five children, Ryals, also a member of Boone & Stone, Katie, James, John and Andrew.


Areas of Practice

  • 50% Catastrophic Personal Injury
  • 15% Wrongful Death
  • 10% Products Liability
  • 15% Medical Malpractice
  • 10% Commercial and Consumer Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1977
  • Alabama, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida


  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1977
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
    • B.B.A. - 1975
    • Major: Accounting
  • Early County High School - 1971
  • Netherlands Institute of Industrial Economics - 1973

Published Works

  • An Overview of the Proposed Judicial Article, The Verdict, (GLTA), August, 1981
  • Civic Rico Can be a Powerful Weapon in the Trial Lawyer's Arsenal, The Verdict, (GLTA), October, 1988
  • Emotional Distress - The Impact Rule - Adding Injury to Insult, The Verdict, (GLTA), April/May, 1990
  • Charing the Jury in a Wrongful Death Case: Have You Given Them a Proper Yardstick to Measure the Full Value of a Human Life?, The Verdict, (GLTA), January/February, 1993
  • Thoughts on Jury Trials, The Verdict, (GLTA), Fall, 1996
  • Presenting Your Case: High Tech for High Stakes, The Verdict, (GLTA), Fall, 1997

Honors and Awards

  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Life Member and past president
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • State Bar of Georgia, Advertising Regulation Committee
  • Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission
  • State Bar of Georgia, Member
  • Alabama State Bar, Member
  • Southwest Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Blakely Rotary Club, past president
  • First United Methodist Church of Blakely, member