Athens attorney Bill Mathews moved here from Russellville when he was six months old. The youngest of five, Bill graduated from Athens High School, and went on to get his undergrad degree in finance from Auburn University. He attended Samford University’s Cumberland Law School and finished his degree in 1989. He said that as a young man he always wanted to help people, and figured the best way he could do it was to be what he now describes as our “home-town lawyer.” As we chatted in his conference room Bill told me, “I could see people needed help, and I knew I wanted to help.” He got his wish and opened his own practice in Athens in 1997. Bill has practiced law for 26 years in Athens. His practice is located right across the street from the east side of the Courthouse at 117 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611, and they are opened Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bill and his wife Heather have three children: William Jr., Caroline, and John David. Caroline and William Jr. are students at Auburn, and John David is still attending Athens High School. Bill is a member of Lindsay Lane Baptist Church. He has taught 5th and 6th grade Sunday school, and has also been very active in the community. While in high school, Bill played tennis for the Golden Eagles and also played football, basketball, and ran track. In addition, he has been the coach of several of his children’s sports teams, including soccer, basketball and baseball.
Bill was the Chair for the United Way, and is a past Presidentof the Limestone County Bar Association. He belongs to the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Bill served as the Chairman of the Limestone County Indigent Defense Commission. He is also a municipal judge for the City of Ardmore. He was voted by the readers of the Athens News Courier as the Readers’ Choice Winner for 2015 and 2016.
Being a “small-town lawyer” is a bit like being a general practice physician; you do a little bit of everything. While a substantial portion of Bill’s practice is centered around real estate, he also does divorces, adoptions, personal injury, work related injuries, domestic relations cases, deeds, wills, power of attorney, bankruptcies, uncontested divorces, Social Security Disability, Department of Human Resources child support enforcement cases, probate, estates, automobile accidents, and wrongful death cases. When I asked him about some of his favorite areas of law, Bill told me he especially enjoys real estate and adoption cases.
I asked Bill why I should come to him if I find myself in need of legal services. He answered, “I believe a local lawyer will do a better job for a client because of the small-town factor. Word gets around if you have done a good job, as well as if you haven’t. I always wanted people to be able to have the kind of access to their lawyer to where they could walk in the office and ask, ‘How’s my case going? Do you have any new developments?’ You just don’t get that with a big city firm.” His clients have given him high ratings as well as positive reviews. One client said he was “very kind and thorough. Quick to respond to any messages/questions.” Another mentioned, “Bill has the experience and the creativity to get your legal situation solved quickly and easily. I recommend calling them when you need a legal team in the area.” In 2017, Bill was awarded the Martindale-Hubble Attorney Award, which designates him as “Distinguished” and “peer-rated for high professional achievement.” Call Bill’s office today for getting highly-rated help with all your legal needs.
By: Ali Elizabeth Turner
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