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William Vann Burkett

William Vann Burkett

Hodges Trial Lawyers P.C.
  • Real Estate Law, Personal Injury, Business Law ...
  • Alabama
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I was born in Huntsville, Alabama and grew up working in and around my parents’ local small business. I graduated from Randolph School (13’) where I was a member of the inaugural football team. I also played on the golf team and trumpet in the school band. After graduation, I attended Auburn University. I graduated cum laude in 2017 with a Batchelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

From there, I attended Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. During my time at Cumberland, I served as a Junior Editor for the Cumberland Law Review and on the board as the Online Research Editor. I authored an article on Alabama property law and eminent domain titled: “Southern Takings: Alabama Eminent Domain, Inverse Condemnation, and Regulatory Takings” 50 Cumb. L. Rev. 211 (2020). I received seven best paper awards including: Contracts I & II, Constitutional Law I, Property, State Constitutional Law, State and Local Taxation, and Advanced Evidence. I was also fortunate to serve on the Honor Court and as an Academic Support Mentor. At Cumberland, I had the opportunity to study under one Federal Circuit Judge, two Federal Magistrate Judges, and a Municipal Court Judge. I graduated magna cum laude from Cumberland School of Law in 2020.

My wife Alessandra and I were happy to return to Huntsville after I finished law school. We have made our home here and she is working in outside sales for United Rentals, Inc.

I handle personal injury, property, and civil litigation matters. Whether it is a contract, injury case, or real estate dispute; Hodges Trial Lawyers is prepared to guide you through the legal process. I enjoy hearing the life stories of our diverse clients and working hard to achieve their objectives. Being raised around a small business, I understand what it takes to get the job done.

When not practicing law, I enjoy spending time outdoors, working on my old Jeep, and playing golf

Practice Areas
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Construction Law
    Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Alabama State Bar Association
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Hodges Trial Lawyers P.C.
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Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
J.D. (2020) | Law
Publications: “Southern Takings: Alabama Eminent Domain, Inverse Condemnation, and Regulatory Takings” 50 Cumb. L. Rev. 211 (2020).
Honors: Graduated magna cum laude Best paper awards: Contracts I & II, Constitutional Law I, Property, State Constitutional Law, State and Local Taxation, and Advanced Evidence.
Activities: Law Review Executive Board Member Treasurer of Christian Legal Society
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Auburn University
B.S. (2017) | Business Administration
Honors: Cum Laude
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Professional Associations
Alabama State Bar  # 3010F63Y
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Activities: Practicing Attorney seeking justice for each and every client.
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American Association for Justice
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Activities: Dedicated member seeking justice of his clients.
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Speaking Engagements
Evaluating Sale for Division Cases, Hodges Trial Lawyers, P.C. Toy Drive CLE, Athens-Limestone Public Library
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11 Questions Answered
Q. How do I submit a sale of division forms to the courts, are will I need an attorney to do so on my behalf.
A: Partition or Sale for Division is a cause of action under Alabama Law. To accomplish a partition of real property, a lawsuit will need to be drafted and filed with the appropriate probate or circuit court. Such actions can be very complicated and having an attorney is highly recommended.
Q. A title company will not sign off on the sell of our property due to a siblings that has been out of reach for 20 yrs.
A: The title company may be correct. If the property did not move through probate and the title documents were not handled correctly it is possible that multiple people hold fractional ownership interests. If there is a will or other document that has the power to transfer title or create a form of equitable title, then a sale for division or partition case may solve the issue. As part of that action, a court may quiet title to the property, order the property sold at a private sale, and disburse the proceeds to the rightful owners. The feasibility of a Partition action or Sale for Divison action may depend on your particular circumstances and the documents in question. You should contact an attorney that does real estate litigation for a full evaluation based on your specific case.
Q. I am having problems with a county agency over a drainage ditch behind my house.
A: You likely need an attorney who handles eminent domain or inverse condemnation cases. The Alabama Supreme Court has found that in some cases excessive runoff and erosion may result in an unconstitutional taking. The viability of inverse condemnation claims are highly dependent on the timing and circumstances of the government project. You should contact an attorney immediately so that they can fully evaluate any claims that you may have.
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Hodges Trial Lawyers, P.C.
320 Clinton Avenue East
Huntsville, AL 35801
Telephone: (256) 539-3110