Bill Drury is known not only throughout Arizona for his ability in a courtroom, but also across the nation for being a first chair trial attorney who is called upon to defend clients’ most difficult, high-profile cases. He is one of an increasingly rare breed of trial attorney who clients turn to for his unmatched skill in the courtroom and experience in front of a jury. During more than 30 years, he has tried hundreds of jury cases with a notable record of success in matters ranging from product liability, health care liability, catastrophic injury and transportation litigation.
Bill’s achievements have caught the attention not only of clients, but also the business and legal communities, which have recognized him as a leading first chair trial attorney for industries including insurance, healthcare and transportation. Prior to being selected to AZ Business Magazine’s Top 100 Lawyers list, Bill was named as a Top Lawyer by the magazine Healthcare Law. He has also been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America as “Lawyer of the Year” in Product Liability Litigation – Defense; repeatedly recognized by Super Lawyers; and honored by Chartis Insurance as one of its “Top Ten Lawyers,” among numerous other accolades.
In addition to his legal achievements and recognitions, Bill has been equally invested in his community through a variety of charitable organizations. As Co-Founder of Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, Bill created an organization that has helped grant the wishes of thousands of children diagnosed with terminal or life-threatening medical conditions. In addition, Bill is active in numerous professional organizations and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, former chairman of ALFA International, a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, and is a founder and former chair of the American Law Firm Association.
Additionally, Bill serves in the prestigious position as a member of the Drake University Board of Trustees, is past chair of Drake University’s National Alumni Board, and is a member of the Arizona State University Sun Devil Club.
ARTICLES AND PRESENTATIONS
“Appellate Practice in the Trial Court: How to Effectively Use Appellate Strategy to Obtain and Preserve Trial Wins,” State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention, June 2013
Co-Author, “Another Step to Claim Resolution with a Medicare Claimant,” Medmarc “Rx Advisor,” June 2009
Drake University Board of Trustees
Past Chair, Drake University National Alumni Board
Make-A-Wish Foundation of America: Co-Founder; Director, 1979-1989; Executive Vice President, 1986-1987
Arizona State University Sun Devil Club
Defense victories recognized by the State Bar of Arizona’s Arizona Attorney magazine in its annual report of “Significant Defense Verdicts:”
Mepamsa and Camping World adv. Greenwood (2011)
L.A. Fitness Sports Club adv. Pellegrini (2010)
Coleman/Kimberly Quality Care adv. Henderson (2005)
HONORS AND AWARDS
AzBusiness Leaders honoree, 2018 and 2019
“Lawyer of the Year, Product Liability Litigation – Defense,” The Best Lawyers in America® (Phoenix), 2014
The Best Lawyers in America® (Products Liability Defense, Insurance Law, Commercial Litigation), 2009-2018
Arizona Super Lawyers®, 2007-Present
“Top Ten Lawyers,” Chartis Insurance, 2012
Arizona’s Finest Lawyers (Sustaining Member), 2011
Featured in “Arizona’s Best Lawyers,” 2010
Top Lawyers, Arizona Business, 2008-2013
AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell
“Bill and Chuck were VERY professional in their handlings of my case. They advised me of the pros and cons at each decision point, treating me as a respected member of the team. Each attorney is highly competent, knowledgeable and helpful.”
– Trish Stark
“William Drury had outstanding results. He has a customer centric approach to strategy.”
– Cindy Khin | Chief Claims Officer| Medmarc Insurance Group
“Bill Drury is a gifted litigator. I am comfortable sending Bill out of state to defend cases in dangerous jurisdictions. He is one of those few individuals you call on for the no liability/high damages cases.”
– Kelley Green | Associate General Counsel | Halliburton
“Bill Drury’s firm, Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros, has an extremely-cost effective way to achieve good results in products liability litigation. They have knowledge, expertise, and are certainly the best law firm in Arizona.”
– Yves St. Arnaud | Director, Legal Services | Bombardier Recreational Products
“The attorneys of Renaud Cook law firm are my go to guys in Phoenix. I have used them on a wide variety of cases in an insurance setting and have used them for both defense of insureds as well as defense attorneys in coverage actions. Both Messrs. Drury and Mesaros are excellent attorneys and just downright unimpeachable gentlemen who are an absolute pleasure to deal with.”
– Michael Fried | Chief Technical Claims Officer | LVL Claims Services, LLC
Bill Sowders and Bill Drury did a wonderful job investigating and getting to the bottom of what this case was about. This was a transfer from another attorney who had given up trying to get to the truth.
– Lisa Manzer | Vice President | AXIS Professional Insurance
VERY SATISFIED CLIENTS
Nick Cordaro | XL Insurance
Jamie Eibes | Claims Rep – Litigation Consultant | NCMIC Insurance Company
Andy Bruner| Vice President of Claims & Compliance | HomeFirst Agency, Inc.
Nicholas J. Fanelli | Vice President – Claims Division | General Star Management Company, A Berkshire Hathaway Company
Craig Herrington | Director, Liability Claims | Ardent Health Services, LLC