William E. Cannon, Jr.

Bill Cannon is a native of Leesburg, Georgia. He has been practicing law for more than 40 years. His practice focuses on areas of civil litigation, business law, municipal law, and community associations. He has extensive experience in complex litigation and 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.

Bill 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 Justice and Judiciary Committee and the Professionalism Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association and is the former Town Attorney for the Town of Waynesville. Bill is recognized by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, is a member of the American Inns of Court, and is an AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer at Martindale Hubbell.

Bill and his wife, Dawn, are the parents of two children, Jenny and Ned.  Jenny is a United Methodist minister in Maryland and Ned is corporate counsel for a healthcare consulting firm in Oregon.  Bill enjoys community theater and has appeared on stage in H.A.R.T’s productions of Welcome to Mitford and To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Asheville Office Address

1433 S. Main St.
Waynesville, NC 28786

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  • 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)


  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Member, Board of Governors (2011-2014)
    • Justice and Judiciary Committee
    • Professionalism Committee (2005-2011; 2018-2019; Chair, 2010-2011)
    • Litigation Section
    • Construction Law Section
    • Real Property Law Section
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
    • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Law Practice Management Section
    • Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • Harry C. Martin American Inn of Court, Charter Member


  • 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

Publications and Presentations

  • 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.
  • Professionalism–What is it and Why is it Important?
  • There’s Much To Be Proud Of In Our Legal System, And Gibson Case Illustrated It Well
  • A Chip Off The Ol’ Block, I Hope
  • Too Much Talking, Not Enough Listening
  • No More Sitting On The Sidelines
  • A Lesson From Annie
  • It’s Time To Get Back To The Basics
  • Looking Ahead Instead Of Back


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