William A. Abernethy


Bill Abernethy is a named shareholder in the Corpus Christi office of Donnell, Abernethy & Kieschnick. He is a trial lawyer whose practice includes medical malpractice defense, products liability, business, commercial and insurance defense.

Bill is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (President of Corpus Christi Chapter 2005). Bill is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and member of the Corpus Christi Bar Association, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute, and a member of the Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Bill received his Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University in 1969. He earned his Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law in 1974 with honors. While in law school, Bill was a member of the Law Review, Comments Editor. After law school, Bill received an appointment as briefing attorney for the 13th Court of Appeals working with the Honorable Paul W. Nye. He is Martindale-Hubbell AV rated. Bill is admitted to practice as a member of the Texas State Bar, U.S. District Court for the Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Named Shareholder
Area of Practice:
Personal Injury – defense, medical malpractice
General insurance litigation
Toxic torts
Products Liability Law
Texas, 1974
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1983
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1993
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1976
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 1983
U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
South Texas College of Law, 1974 (with honors)
Law Journal: South Texas College of Law, Comments Editor, 1973-1974
Texas Tech University, B.B. A.
Major: Industrial Management
Honors and Affiliations:
Corpus Christi Bar Association
American Board of Trial Advocates
Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Member, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
Defense Research Institute
Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel
Named in “Best Lawyers of America”, 1995-2006
Named in Texas Monthly’s “Texas Super Lawyer” 2003 – 2013
1947, Cleveland, Ohio