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William C. Barclift

William C. Barclift

Retired Partner


  • Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Life, Health and Disability Litigation

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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


  • 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.

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