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William C. Barclift

William C. Barclift

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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP
Alabama, U.S.A.

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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

Education

  • Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, J.D., 1976, cum laude
  • Auburn University, B.A., 1972
Areas of Practice
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
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

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...

Family Business Advocates
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Bradley’s Family Business Advocates Blog is a resource for family business owners and advisors. All business owners must plan ahead, think strategically and manage risk in order for their businesses to thrive. Family business owners must also manage family dynamics in the business, build...

It Pays to Be Covered™
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

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...

Patent 213
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

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...

Tennessee Appellate Review
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

A successful appeal depends on counsel’s substantive understanding of appellate rules, procedures, and strategies. The Tennessee Appellate Review blog is a resource for commentary and insights on the latest state and federal appellate news. Join the conversation as we analyze decisions from the...

The Law of Order
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

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...

Underwritten
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

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,...

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