William A. Bulfer

Partner

Asheville Office

TEL (828) 254-4515

FAX (828) 254-4516

Bill’s practice is focused mainly on liability and coverage issues. Bill has defended numerous wrongful death claims, professional liability claims, and general liability claims. He has provided coverage opinions, prosecuted and defended declaratory judgment actions, and has provided legal advice on the creation and modification of coverage documents on behalf of insurers. Bill assists his clients with drafting cutting edge policies, including cyber-liability coverage and drone coverage forms. He dedicates a significant portion of his coverage practice to local governments and trucking & commercial transportation clients. He works with his clients to help them navigate the sometimes complicated maze of regulations and laws that impact day-to-day operations.

He is a member of the Defense Research Institute, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, Buncombe County Bar Association, and Armadillo Club. Additionally, he has presented continuing legal education through the National Business Institute on the topics of “Interpreting Coverage Under the Insurance Contract,” “Litigating the Insurance Claim,” “How to Present Your Case at Trial,” and “How to Handle Post-Trial Issues.”

Bill served as chair of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys local government practice group from 2009 to 2010. He has also been recognized as a “Rising Star” by his peers in the 2010-2012 editions of Super Lawyers, was selected for membership in the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance in 2013 and has earned the highest (AV-Rated) ranking awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. Bill has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, for Insurance Law and Litigation – Insurance, since 2016.

Bill graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and minors in Psychology and Spanish. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law.

Bill has appeared on behalf of clients and argued motions in District Court, Superior Court, and in front of the North Carolina Industrial Commission. In addition, Bill has participated in both jury and bench trials at the Superior Court level and has appearances before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court.  Bill is admitted to and regularly practices before the United States District Court for the Western and Middle Districts of North Carolina and is admitted to practice before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. In April 2008, he moved to Asheville, North Carolina as part of the firm’s opening of a western North Carolina office.

Support Team

Tonya Dixon, Legal Assistant

Education

B.A., 2000, Purdue University

J.D., 2003, Wake Forest University School of Law

Bar Admissions

North Carolina State Bar

Tennessee Bar

United States District Court, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Areas of Practice

  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Buncombe County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • NCADA Local Government Practice Group, Chair, (2009-2010)
  • National Business Institute, Continuing Legal Education Presenter
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Armadillo Club
  • “Rising Star,” North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2010-2012, 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Insurance Law and Litigation – Insurance, 2016-2018
  • Bason, Amy; Bulfer, William, & Love, Brian. (2016) “The Aftermath of Exoneration: Analyzing Coverage in Wrongful Incarceration Cases.” In-House Defense Quarterly, Defense Research Institute, Spring 2016.
  • Defense Research Institute. Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Compendium. DRI Defense Library Series, May 2018.
      North Carolina Chapter written by Courtney Britt and William Bulfer.
PROFILE

Bill’s practice is focused mainly on liability and coverage issues. Bill has defended numerous wrongful death claims, professional liability claims, and general liability claims. He has provided coverage opinions, prosecuted and defended declaratory judgment actions, and has provided legal advice on the creation and modification of coverage documents on behalf of insurers. Bill assists his clients with drafting cutting edge policies, including cyber-liability coverage and drone coverage forms. He dedicates a significant portion of his coverage practice to local governments and trucking & commercial transportation clients. He works with his clients to help them navigate the sometimes complicated maze of regulations and laws that impact day-to-day operations.

He is a member of the Defense Research Institute, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, Buncombe County Bar Association, and Armadillo Club. Additionally, he has presented continuing legal education through the National Business Institute on the topics of “Interpreting Coverage Under the Insurance Contract,” “Litigating the Insurance Claim,” “How to Present Your Case at Trial,” and “How to Handle Post-Trial Issues.”

Bill served as chair of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys local government practice group from 2009 to 2010. He has also been recognized as a “Rising Star” by his peers in the 2010-2012 editions of Super Lawyers, was selected for membership in the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance in 2013 and has earned the highest (AV-Rated) ranking awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. Bill has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, for Insurance Law and Litigation – Insurance, since 2016.

Bill graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and minors in Psychology and Spanish. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law.

Bill has appeared on behalf of clients and argued motions in District Court, Superior Court, and in front of the North Carolina Industrial Commission. In addition, Bill has participated in both jury and bench trials at the Superior Court level and has appearances before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court.  Bill is admitted to and regularly practices before the United States District Court for the Western and Middle Districts of North Carolina and is admitted to practice before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. In April 2008, he moved to Asheville, North Carolina as part of the firm’s opening of a western North Carolina office.

Support Team

Tonya Dixon, Legal Assistant

Education

B.A., 2000, Purdue University

J.D., 2003, Wake Forest University School of Law

Bar Admissions

North Carolina State Bar

Tennessee Bar

United States District Court, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Areas of Practice

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Buncombe County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • NCADA Local Government Practice Group, Chair, (2009-2010)
  • National Business Institute, Continuing Legal Education Presenter
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Armadillo Club
RECOGNITION & AWARDS
  • “Rising Star,” North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2010-2012, 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Insurance Law and Litigation – Insurance, 2016-2018
PUBLICATIONS
  • Bason, Amy; Bulfer, William, & Love, Brian. (2016) “The Aftermath of Exoneration: Analyzing Coverage in Wrongful Incarceration Cases.” In-House Defense Quarterly, Defense Research Institute, Spring 2016.
  • Defense Research Institute. Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Compendium. DRI Defense Library Series, May 2018.
      North Carolina Chapter written by Courtney Britt and William Bulfer.