William A. Gray

Of Counsel || Atlanta

William (“Bill”) Gray is a nationally recognized expert on employee benefits law issues who joined Ogletree Deakins in 1991, after having served as a partner in a large general practice firm.  He focuses his practice on the design, establishment, and maintenance of qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and nonqualified deferred compensation plans for employers. In recent years Bill has enjoyed working with a large number of credit unions, hospitals, colleges/universities, and other tax-exempt organizations, with a focus on executive compensation. He is also recognized for his skill in representing unionized employers with problems arising from their participation in multiemployer pension plans.

Bill served on the Law Review at Emory University School of Law and has authored numerous articles since law school on such topics as employee benefits in takeover battles, the use of employee benefit plans in estate planning, and supplemental retirement plans for executives at tax-exempts. He also speaks frequently to student, professional, and business groups and is highly praised as a good teacher.

For many years Bill served as an adjunct professor at Georgia State University.  He has taught graduate level courses in both the College of Business and the College of Law.  He retired from the classroom in 2009.

Learn more about William A. Gray

Bill Gray focuses his practice on the design, establishment, and maintenance of qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and nonqualified deferred compensation plans for employers.  His practice extends beyond this, however, with experience in executive compensation, trustee representation, plan terminations, and the employee benefits aspects of corporate transactions.

In recent years Bill has assisted employers who have received, or are potentially liable for, large claims from multiemployer pension plans. Bill has also worked with a large number of credit unions, hospitals, colleges/universities, and other tax-exempt organizations, with a focus on executive compensation.

Education

Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Georgia Bar Association (Tax Section)
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Southern Employee Benefits Conference
  • Worldwide Employee Benefits Network (WEB) (President, Atlanta Chapter, 1995-1997, and National Vice-President, 1997-1999)

Speeches