The Brownell Law Office

The Brownell Law Office

Experienced and Respected Gainesville Attorney Serves Clients in Northeast Georgia

Firm Overview

With more than 30 years of experience, The Brownell Law Office provides first-rate legal representation to residents of Gainesville and throughout Hall, Lumpkin, Dawson, White, Habersham, Banks, Jackson, Gwinnett, Barrow and Forsyth Counties, in Georgia. Known for being trustworthy and ethical, we have earned a BV Distinguished Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell for our professionalism and ethics. We have also also earned the highest client rating on in communication ability, responsiveness, quality of service and value for money.

Whether you need experienced legal advice or aggressive and effective representation, Attorney William (Bill) Brownell can help you resolve even the most complex legal problems in the following areas:

-Automobile, trucking and motor vehicle accident injuries
-Wrongful death
-Slip and fall
-Negligently maintained premises
-Other bodily injuries involving negligence or intentional acts

-All felonies up to and including death penalty murder cases
-All misdemeanors, including DUI
-Appeals and habeas corpus
-Probation violation charges
-Juvenile charges

-Child custody
-Child support
-Contempt and Enforcement
-Legitimation and Paternity


An experienced trial litigator since 1985, attorney William M. (Bill) Brownell, Jr. has defended more than 550 criminal cases since going into private practice. He has recovered more than $5 million in damages for more than 250 personal injury clients and served more than 175 divorce and family law clients.

At The Brownell Law Office, we look at the big picture and consider how a legal problem in one area could impact another part of your life. When you work with us, you reap the benefits of our knowledge, our experience, our skills and our reputation.
Main Office
The Lanier Building
500 Spring Street, S.E., Suite 204
Gainesville  GA  30501
  • 770-536-1627
Auto Accident
Gainesville, Georgia Personal Injury Attorney

Motor vehicle accidents can, and often do, result in personal bodily injuries. And when they do, those injuries can range from minor to serious and even to loss of life. Personal injuries can also also happen: shopping, at your rental home, visiting someone else's home, crossing a road or just walking on a public sidewalk - often with devastating consequences. When you are injured due to somebody else's negligence or intentional acts, you may be entitled to compensation for your past and future medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, and emotional distress. You need an experienced and aggressive attorney to fight for your rights, to go head-to-head with the insurance companies, and to win the fair and full compensation needed to pay for your recovery. We recognize that, although we may handle numerous personal injury cases, your case will probably be one of the most important events in your life. We will give YOUR case the immediate and constant care, attention, and advocacy we would expect if it were our own case.


Since 1995, The Brownell Law Office in Gainesville has successfully employed an assertive, methodical approach to help injured victims recover generous compensation for their damages. Attorney William M. (Bill) Brownell, Jr. consults top experts such as trauma doctors, neurologists, orthopaedists and other medical specialists, economists, forensics engineers, and accident reconstruction analysts- to maximize recovery for your injuries. We utilize the latest technologies in trial presentation including professional reenactment videos, medical illustrations and power points. At trial, these experts and trial presentation technologies are available to deliver clear, compelling testimony that helps jurors understand the cause and extent of your case and your injuries.


Consult an attorney immediately following your injury, when witnesses' recollections are fresh and evidence remains available. Insurance adjusters will try to get information from you and try to settle your case for much less than the compensation you are entitled to. We strongly advise not to discuss your case with the other party's insurance company before discussing your case with your attorney. Take lots of pictures of your wrecked vehicle or the area where you were injured. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! Also Keep in mind that Georgia law limits the amount of time in which you can file your claim for relief. We can schedule appointments very quickly to ensure the timely, thorough investigation of your claims. Our offices are conveniently located in Gainesville, Georgia.

The Brownell Law Office handles your personal injury claim on a contingency basis so that legal bills do not compound the financial stress resulting from your injuries. You don't pay us until we win a judgment for you.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?


Over our numerous years, cases and circumstances in representing clients in all types and emotional levels of court cases, we have come to recognize and appreciate that clients must feel comfortable with their attorney and have complete confidence in their representation. To that end, it is vital that the client and attorney have liberal communication concerning the ongoing status of the case and for the attorney to keep the client abreast of ongoing legal and factual issues concerning the case.

At the outset, we will attempt to identify the legal, factual and procedural issues involved in your case. We will discuss the different approaches that can be taken to handle your case most efficiently and effectively. We will describe to you how your case will most likely be handled procedurally. And we will attempt to provide you with some broad expectation of how long it may take for your case to ultimately be resolved.

We strive at being available for our clients to contact in order to ask questions and remain current on the status of their case(s). Although difficult (and sometimes impossible), as your case progresses, we will attempt to provide you with ongoing realistic expectations of how your case is proceeding and the potential outcome of your case.

Attorneys are trained and skilled at applying legal issues to factual circumstances. However, we depend on our clients as well as independent witnesses and sources to provide all of the essential factual issues. We also actively encourage our clients to update us on the status of their case and share with us their ideas concerning their case. Furthermore, circumstances can change during the course of litigation; and, therefore, a client's case resolution needs can change. We believe very strongly in our client's ability to have and provide input into how their cases are handled. We encourage suggestions and contact throughout the process.

William Brownell

I grew up in DeKalb County, Georgia. Joined the U.S. Navy at 17 and "saw the world" for 5 great years. I decided to leave the Navy with an Honorable Discharge to pursue my college and law degrees. I received my Bachelors of Arts with honors from the University of West Florida in 2 1/2 years while working full time and supporting my wife and two small children. I was accepted to study law at the University of Georgia School of Law in 1982. I graduated 6 months before my class in 1984.

I began practicing law and litigating in 1983 as a Clarke County Assistant District Attorney while still in The University of Georgia Law School under Georgia's Third Year Practice Act. My focus in Law School was in Criminal Law and Litigation. I secured a position as an Assistant District Attorney in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit while still in Law School. I was an Assistant District Attorney from 1985 through 1994, achieving the status of Senior Assistant and then Chief Assistant District Attorney before entering into private practice. During that prosecutorial period, I prosecuted over 2000 felony cases and tried over 100 felony jury trials and 150 misdemeanor jury trials ranging from traffic offenses and minor felonies through death penalty murder cases.

In 1995, I entered into private practice. Initially My practice involved criminal defense, personal injury, family law and representing Lumpkin County as its County Attorney. Presently I have limited my representation of private practice clients to Personal Injury, Worker's Compensation, Criminal Defense and Divorce and Child Custody cases in all Georgia Municipal, Juvenile, State, Superior and Appellate Courts and the United States Supreme Court.

More specifically, I represent clients in all serious bodily injuries and deaths resulting from: automobile and other motor vehicle related wrecks and injuries; negligently maintained unsafe conditions on either private, commercial (stores, offices, etc.) or government locations (slip and fall, etc.); and most other negligently and intentionally inflicted bodily injuries. I have represented over 250 personal injury clients recovering over $5 million in damages for my clients.

I represent clients in all criminal cases including but not limited to all Felony and Misdemeanor charges, bond hearings, preliminary hearings, suppression hearings, jury trials, probation revocation charges, ordinance violations, appeals, habeas corpus petitions and juvenile charges. I have defended over 550 criminal cases since going into private practice.

And I represent clients in Divorce and Child Custody litigation - from simple and uncontested cases to complex, "knockdown" cases. I have represented over 175 divorce and family law clients

State Bar of Georgia - 1985 - present:
- Worker's Compensation Section
- Family Law Section
- Tort & Insurance Section
- Criminal Section
- Government Attorneys Section 1996