Areas of Practice
  • Georgia State University College of Law
    JD, 2012
    Participant in the Academy in International Commercial Arbitration; President, Sports and Entertainment Law Society

  • Mercer University
    BBA, Law & Economics, cum laude, 2008
    Mercer University Baseball Team, 2004-2008; Charles C. Morgan Outstanding Student-Athlete Award, 2008
Bar Admissions
  • Georgia
Court Admissions
  • US District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
William Shaughnessy
One Midtown Plaza, Suite 1030
1360 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
404.870.7526 tel
404.870.7556 fax

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Bill Shaughnessy is an associate in the Litigation Practice Group. He focuses on construction and infrastructure projects, contract review and negotiation, construction litigation, alternate dispute resolution, and government contracting.  

Bill represents a variety of clients in the construction industry, including, owners, general contractors, design-build contractors, suppliers, and subcontractors. His experience ranges from representing a design-builder on a $400 million highway and bridge design-build project in the Pacific Northwest (involving complex geotechnical and design issues), to representing a design-build contractor on a $125 million dispute on a major Texas transportation construction project (encompassing claims for lost productivity, disruption, differing site conditions, and cumulative impact), and representing a global manufacturing company in a AAA arbitration dispute with more than ten parties related to the construction of a $1.5 billion design-build government project in Utah. More recent representation includes that of a general contractor in an arbitration involving the construction of a $60 million windfarm project located in the Great Plains with issues involving delay, acceleration, and defective work, as well as an electrical contractor in a state court dispute involving issues of delay with the construction of the Atlanta Braves SunTrust Park.

As lead counsel, Bill successfully represented a commercial roofing subcontractor in a federal court trial involving the construction of a government facility involving claims of breach of contract, wrongful termination, and bad faith.

In addition to his construction practice, Bill has experience representing clients in state and federal courts in all aspects of a wide variety of litigation matters, such as contract disputes, lender liability, fraudulent conveyances, and commercial asset recovery.

In 2008 and prior to beginning his career in law, Bill played professional baseball with the San Diego Padres. He currently is active in the greater-Atlanta community coaching youth baseball.


  • Georgia Super Lawyers, “Rising Star," Construction Litigation (listed annually since 2017)
  • Georgia Trend's "Legal Elite," 2015

Representative Matters

  • Peach State Roofing, Inc. v. Kirlin Builders, LLC, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104662;
  • Roberts v. Community & Southern Bank, 331 Ga. App. 364, 771 S.E.2d 68 (2015);
  • 2010-1 SFG Venture LLC, Lee Bank & Trust Co., 332 Ga. App. 894, 75 S.E.2d 243 (2015).




  • Atlanta Bar Association, Construction Law Section
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia