William A. Bulfer

Partner

Asheville Office

TEL (828) 254-4515

FAX (828) 254-4516

As co-chair of Teague Campbell’s Insurance Coverage Services, Bill’s practice is focused mainly on coverage and complex litigation. Bill regularly provides coverage opinions, prosecutes and defends declaratory judgment actions, and provides legal advice and input with regard to the creation and modification of coverage documents, including the drafting of cutting edge policies, such as cyber-liability and drone coverage. His liability practice focuses on complex matters, including wrongful death, products liability, and professional liability claims. Bill enjoys working with his clients to help them navigate the sometimes complicated maze of regulations and laws that impact day-to-day operations.

Throughout Bill’s practice he has litigated numerous liability claims and, in doing so, has gained a practical understanding of the underlying matters associated with the applicable coverage. He has investigated, negotiated, and litigated multiple cases involving multiple insurers over extended periods of loss where competing coverages were at issue. His achievements have led to regular invitations to speak at seminars for attorneys, clients and other industry professionals. Bill’s work has also been published at a national level. He has contributed to: the DRI Allocation Compendium; the DRI Duty to Defend Compendium – North Carolina Chapter; the DRI Unfair Claim Settlement Practices Compendium – North Carolina Chapter; and, the DRI Rescission Compendium – North Carolina Chapter. Bill has written “The Aftermath of Exoneration: Analyzing Coverage in Wrongful Incarceration Cases,” for the In-House Defense Quarterly, 2016 DRI, and “Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, and the Trucking Industry Opening the Pod Bay Doors to Assessment of Risk and the Future of Commercial Automobile Coverage” For the Defense, 2018 DRI.

Bill is an active member of the Defense Research Institute, the Armadillo Club, and the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. He serves as an elected council member for the North Carolina Bar Association’s Insurance Law Committee and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, for Insurance Law and Litigation – Insurance, since 2016. He has also been recognized as a Rising Star by North Carolina Super Lawyers and has earned the highest (AV-Rated) ranking awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. Bill is admitted to practice in North Carolina and Tennessee, the United States District Court for the Western and Middle Districts of North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and The Cherokee Supreme Court (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians).

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

The Cherokee Supreme Court (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians)

  • 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, 2016-2019
  • 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.
  • Defense Research Institute. Insurance Policy Rescission Compendium. DRI Defense Library Series. April 2019. North Carolina Chapter written by Courtney Britt, William Bulfer and Brian Love
PROFILE

As co-chair of Teague Campbell’s Insurance Coverage Services, Bill’s practice is focused mainly on coverage and complex litigation. Bill regularly provides coverage opinions, prosecutes and defends declaratory judgment actions, and provides legal advice and input with regard to the creation and modification of coverage documents, including the drafting of cutting edge policies, such as cyber-liability and drone coverage. His liability practice focuses on complex matters, including wrongful death, products liability, and professional liability claims. Bill enjoys working with his clients to help them navigate the sometimes complicated maze of regulations and laws that impact day-to-day operations.

Throughout Bill’s practice he has litigated numerous liability claims and, in doing so, has gained a practical understanding of the underlying matters associated with the applicable coverage. He has investigated, negotiated, and litigated multiple cases involving multiple insurers over extended periods of loss where competing coverages were at issue. His achievements have led to regular invitations to speak at seminars for attorneys, clients and other industry professionals. Bill’s work has also been published at a national level. He has contributed to: the DRI Allocation Compendium; the DRI Duty to Defend Compendium – North Carolina Chapter; the DRI Unfair Claim Settlement Practices Compendium – North Carolina Chapter; and, the DRI Rescission Compendium – North Carolina Chapter. Bill has written “The Aftermath of Exoneration: Analyzing Coverage in Wrongful Incarceration Cases,” for the In-House Defense Quarterly, 2016 DRI, and “Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, and the Trucking Industry Opening the Pod Bay Doors to Assessment of Risk and the Future of Commercial Automobile Coverage” For the Defense, 2018 DRI.

Bill is an active member of the Defense Research Institute, the Armadillo Club, and the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. He serves as an elected council member for the North Carolina Bar Association’s Insurance Law Committee and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, for Insurance Law and Litigation – Insurance, since 2016. He has also been recognized as a Rising Star by North Carolina Super Lawyers and has earned the highest (AV-Rated) ranking awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. Bill is admitted to practice in North Carolina and Tennessee, the United States District Court for the Western and Middle Districts of North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and The Cherokee Supreme Court (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians).

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

The Cherokee Supreme Court (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians)

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, 2016-2019
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.
  • Defense Research Institute. Insurance Policy Rescission Compendium. DRI Defense Library Series. April 2019. North Carolina Chapter written by Courtney Britt, William Bulfer and Brian Love