Attorney Bill Bystrynski has spent his legal career representing clients
who have been victims of negligence. Bill has successfully handled a wide
variety of such cases, advocating on behalf of those severely injured
or killed by drunk drivers,
unsafe truckers, fraternity hazing,
defective medical devices, unsafe working conditions, and other negligent acts.
Bill has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2013, a widely regarded
guide for legal excellence. He has also been named a Personal Injury “Super
Lawyer” every year since the award was established. Additional honors
include being named one of the top 100 trial lawyers in North Carolina
by the American Association for Justice and receiving the highest Martindale-Hubbell
peer review rating (AV Preeminent).
Supreme Court Cases
Bill has handled two significant cases that were argued at the U.S. Supreme
Court. One case ultimately resulted in an $8.2 million verdict in the
wrongful death of two children that was tried by Bill and fellow attorney
David Kirby. The other was a case Bill filed fighting Medicaid’s policy of taking
large portions of settlements from poor people who were victims of others’
negligence. In a 2013 opinion written by Justice Kennedy, North Carolina’s
Medicaid law was struck down as unconstitutional. The case helped thousands of
seriously injured people across the country by allowing them to keep more of the settlements
they receive from those responsible for their injuries.
Bill is a magna cum laude graduate of Hofstra University (B.A. 1979) where
he was Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from the UNC School of Law (J.D. 1994)
Before practicing law, Bill spent 14 years as a newspaper reporter and
as an editor at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. Bill continues
to write articles for lawyers as well as lecture on a variety of topics.
These topics include maximizing damages in wrongful death cases, investigating
nursing home cases, dealing with arbitration clauses in
medical malpractice cases, and avoiding traps in drafting lawsuits.
Bill is an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cary,
N.C., fulfilling a variety of roles there. In addition, he serves on the
Board of Directors of the Wake County Bar Association, sits on North Carolina
State Bar service committees, is a volunteer for Legal Aid and serves
on the board of the Fellowship Home of Raleigh and several charitable
foundations. Bill has served for more than 15 years as chairman of the
Wake County Bar Association’s Scholarship Committee, which provides
scholarships to deserving law students. He is married and has two sons,
David and Jonathan.
Wos v. E.M.A. – U.S. Supreme Court strikes down as unconstitutional Medicaid’s
policy of taking large portions of settlements from poor people who were
victims of others’ negligence.
$8.3 million verdict in the wrongful deaths of two boys killed in a bus crash.
$8.1 million settlement in death of a father of three following highway wreck.
$5.35 million settlement for a law enforcement officer killed in a truck accident.
$8.6 million settlement when drunk fraternity member kills three in a highway wreck.
$4.7 million settlement for the wrongful death of a college student during fraternity “hell
- $6.0 million settlement in electrocution death of lifeguard.
$30.9 million settlement (following $25 million verdict) for a 5-year-old girl who was trapped
by a defective pool drain and seriously injured as a result.
$4.6 million verdict for a woman who sustained a brain injury after being struck by the driver
of a repo wrecker.
$3.75 million settlement for a worker who was struck and injured by a truck.
$4 million settlement for a client left paralyzed after a truck driver dropped a delivery load on him.
$4.5 million settlement for unfair trade practices involving stolen business.