The Best Lawyers in America© has named Womble Carlyle attorney Bill Ragland its 2014-15 “Lawyer of the Year” for Technology Law in the Atlanta market.

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” Winners are selected based on peer-review assessments of abilities, professionalism and integrity. The Best Lawyers in America©, the oldest lawyer-rating publication in the United States, also recognized Ragland in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Copyright Law, Banking and Finance Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation, Patent Litigation, and Patent Law. Ragland has been listed in Best Lawyers for each of the past 10 years.

Bill Ragland is among Womble Carlyle’s most experienced lead litigators and trial lawyers, with particular experience in patent and intellectual property litigation. He has litigated more than 50 patent infringement and other patent-related cases in his 28-year career. As a leading technology lawyer, Ragland also provides strategic advice regarding the structure, negotiation and implementation of intellectual property programs and portfolio management services. Intellectual Asset Management has named him as one of the top 300 intellectual property strategists in the world and one of the top 1000 patent professionals in the world. Ragland co-founded the Atlanta Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section and served as its first co-chair, and is a past president of the Atlanta Bar Association and Atlanta Bar Foundation.