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William Barclift

Retired Partner
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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Alabama, USA
    Local Time: Monday 07:56

Practice Expertise

  • Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Life, Health and Disability Litigation
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Areas of Practice

  • Insurance
  • Life, Health and Disability Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Regulatory/Corporate/Government Relations

Profile

Bill Barclift is the former General Counsel of Torchmark Corporation and Liberty National Life Insurance Company. Since going into private practice Bill has continued to be actively involved in the legal affairs of these corporations. In addition, he filled a similar role with Mutual Savings Life Insurance Company and its affiliated entities for more than a decade prior to their acquisition by UNITRIN in 2008. With over thirty years of practice associated with the life and health insurance industry, Bill brings a wealth of practical experience to the firm. He has appeared before the Alabama Department of Insurance on numerous occasions and enjoys a relationship with much of the Department’s senior staff based on mutual respect. He has also interacted with insurance regulators in a variety of other states.  


In addition to regulatory matters, Bill has been exposed to the full range of litigation and disputes confronting the insurers he has represented. This involvement ranges from pre-litigation dispute resolution to arbitration of claims to a wide variety of litigation including class action. While General Counsel of Liberty National, Bill created a special investigations unit composed of a group of individuals with insurance and investigative backgrounds. The goal of this unit was to proactively address the areas of consumer fraud and agent misconduct, as well as dispute resolution. This unit is credited with significantly reducing litigation at Liberty National.

 

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1976

Education

  • Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, J.D., 1976, cum laude
  • Auburn University, B.A., 1972

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance
  • Life, Health and Disability Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Regulatory/Corporate/Government Relations

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments
Bill has a significant business background having been General Counsel to a Fortune 500 company. In addition to involvement life and health insurance matters, including in litigation, compliance and regulatory issues in numerous states, Bill has been exposed to the full range of legal issues that impact his clients.

Blogs

Declassified

The Declassified blog offers commentary and insights on the latest class action suits, significant class action opinions, relevant changes to laws and rules, and important class action trends. Declassified covers topics ranging from significant Supreme Court and appellate court decisions regarding class certification requirements to proposed or enacted legislation, rules and regulations that impact class action litigation to key industry developments that may indirectly impact class action...

It Pays to Be Covered

Bradley's It Pays to Be Covered Blog discusses insurance law developments and industry trends in property and casualty insurance, including the growing cyber insurance market, coverage for drones, and blockchain exposures. We also address practical risk management strategies of interest to risk managers, legal staff, and corporate officers and directors responsible for property and casualty insurance policy portfolios, claims management, and resolution. Our attorneys provide insights based on...

Patent 213

Patent law, like most things in life, is subject to change. Changes to patent laws not only impact investment in your existing IP, but directly shape strategies to protect your freedom to operate. The Patent 213 blog provides up-to-date, insightful analysis of the evolution in the written description and enablement requirements of 35 USC 112 and the subject matter eligibility requirements of 35 USC 101. The Patent 213 blog analyzes key decisions from the district courts and the Federal Circuit,...

The Law of Order

Bradley’s The Law of Order blog serves as a general parliamentary procedure resource, providing information about creation and revision of governing documents (constitutions, bylaws, or rules), application of Robert’s Rules of Order and other procedural authorities in a variety of contexts (such as nonprofits, political parties, homeowners associations, unions, churches, trade associations), and leadership of any type of organizational meeting. In an effort to make all things parliamentary more...

Underwritten

Underwritten covers topics related to life, health, disability and long-term care insurance. Our team of experienced attorneys and authors offers insight on the issues insurers face as they seek to serve their policyholders and to mitigate risk. The blog covers significant court decisions, regulatory actions, ERISA updates, NAIC activity, cybersecurity issues and any other matters that could have an impact on the insurance industry.

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