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William "Bill" C. Athanas

Gina Ingram
205.226.5736 direct

Bill Athanas represents companies and individuals in all facets of government investigations, including those charged in grand jury investigations and other government enforcement actions.  His clients include those accused of federal crimes and those facing SEC enforcement actions, as well as healthcare providers confronting False Claims Act investigations and lawsuits, witnesses called to testify in federal and state grand jury investigations, and companies subpoenaed to produce documents in ongoing investigations.  Whether as part of ongoing government inquiries or otherwise, Bill also regularly conducts internal investigations on behalf of clients in the healthcare, manufacturing and financial services industries.         

In counseling his clients, Bill draws on over twenty years’ experience handling complex white collar criminal matters - both as a federal prosecutor and defense counsel - to provide an insider’s perspective on the range of issues presented whether individuals and companies find themselves in the government’s sights or are simply drawn into investigations as witnesses. He has tried over twenty cases to verdict, and represented scores of individuals and companies facing government inquiries.  

In addition to his experience handling criminal, regulatory and internal investigations and trials in the banking, healthcare and securities areas, Bill’s in-depth knowledge of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enables him to counsel clients engaged in international business on anti-corruption issues.  His clients in this area have included companies operating in the apparel, manufacturing, gaming, pharmaceutical, automotive, and resource extraction industries, as well as professional sports. As part of this work, he regularly provides training for key employees, creates and modifies anti-corruption policies and protocols, and provides day-to-day advice and counsel as FCPA issues arise.

Bill's background and experience are reflected in his research and speaking engagements. He writes and speaks frequently on a range of topics, including:

  • Defense of government enforcement actions
  • Compliance program creation and enhancement strategies
  • Internal investigations
  • Anti-corruption compliance strategies and enforcement trends
  • Federal criminal procedure and sentencing issues

View a full list of Bill’s speaking engagements and research.

From individuals facing federal criminal charges to healthcare companies, manufacturers and financial institutions facing government inquiries, clients appreciate Bill's capacity to fully comprehend their issues and help them navigate in ever-challenging environments.

Honors and Recognitions

  • 2018 Chambers & Partners Recognized Practitioner, General Commercial Litigation
  • 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyer
  • J.D., cum laude, Suffolk University Law School, 1995
    • Suffolk University Law Review
  • B.S., University of New Hampshire, 1992
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of New Hampshire


Chambers USA Recognized Attorney


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