William C. Roedder

William C. Roedder, Jr.

McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge
11 North Water Street, 13th Floor
Battle House Tower
Post Office Box 350 (36601)
Mobile, Alabama 36602

Phone: (251) 432-5300
Fax: (251) 432-5303
Direct Dial: (251) 431-8802



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  • The Best Lawyers in America © (1999 - Present)
  • Who's Who Legal in America (1998 - Present)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers (2009 - 2013, 2015-2017)


  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1972, cum laude
  • Phi Alpha Delta (President, 1971-1972)
  • Curia Honoris
  • The Order of Barristers
  • Cumberland Law Review, Editorial Board (1971-1972)
  • University of Alabama, Bachelor of Science, 1968


William C. Roedder, Jr.

Mr. Roedder possesses the type of extensive knowledge in his signature areas of practice which only four decades of diligent work can yield. That experience, coupled with a commitment to staying current with the most important legal developments and information, make him a formidable advocate for his clients.

Mr. Roedder values the relationships developed with his clients, noting that many have become much more than business partners over the years–they’re friends. Those strong relationships enhance his ability to understand client needs and interests, and create a dynamic that is beneficial to all.

Mr. Roedder’s career has included scores of significant cases. Recent successes include:

  • Defended a tire retailer in blowout case involving three deaths and one injury; the case involved allegations of product liability and negligence regarding the sale of aged tires.
  • Defended a major automotive manufacturer in a products liability case involving a guarding device for the rear of the wrecker manufactured by the client. The case involved three deaths and one injury.
  • Defended a major maritime client in a commercial dispute involving 80 barges worth tens of millions of dollars
  • Defended the directors of corporation against allegations of breach of fiduciary duties in the management of the company’s assets worth tens of millions of dollars over time.

Has defended numerous class action cases, such as:

  • Defended a siding manufacturer in a national class action alleging defective hardboard siding.
  • Defended an insurance carrier in a class action involving motorcycle insurance coverage issues. Class allegations dismissed and individual plaintiffs settled.
  • Defended several carriers in separate class actions involving “interest-sensitive” insurance products. In one case class allegations were dismissed and summary judgment granted on appeal. In the other, settlement was negotiated and implemented statewide.
  • Defended a financial services entity in a suit brought by a national class involving “forced-placed” insurance. Also defended an insurance carrier in another, separate case involving “forced-placed” insurance.
  • Defended an insurance carrier in a class action involving diminished value claims. Summary judgment granted.
  • Defended an insurance carrier in a class action involving allegations regarding betterment adjustments for insurance claims.
  • Defended a carrier in separate class actions in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, which eventually lead to a nationwide class settlement, administered by McDowell, Knight, Roedder & Sledge, LLC.

Away from the office, Mr. Roedder enjoys golf and fishing. He loves spending time with Gwen, his wife of 40 years, along with his children and grandchildren. He also teaches an adult Bible study class.

  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Vice-Chair of Trial Tactics, 1995-1996
    • Vice-Chair of Torts and Insurance Practice, 1995-1996
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Board of Directors, 1999-2002
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
    • Chairman of Products Liability Section, 1990-1993
    • Vice President, 1997-2003
    • Board of Directors and Executive Committee, 1997-2003
    • President, 2001-2002
    • Chairman of the Board, 2002-2003
  • Inns of Court
  • Lawyers for Civil Justice
    • Board of Directors, 2001-2002
    • President-Elect, 2005-2006
    • President, 2006-2007
  • Mobile Bar Association
    • Chairman of Ethics Committee, 1988-1990
    • Grievance Committee, 1994-1996
    • Alabama Bar Association
  • Board of L’Arche Mobile. L’Arche is an organization which provides homes and shared lives with people who have intellectual or physical disabilities (core members). Those who live with and care for the core members, have typically devoted their lives to helping others and are paid only nominally. Most core members have come from institutions and have little or no family.
  • Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
  • Senior Warden of the Vestry of All Saint’s Episcopal Church
    • Contractual Indemnity in Alabama, 33 Alabama Law Review 31 (Fall 1981)

    • Evidence of Plaintiffs Failure to Wear Seat Belt in Mitigation of Damages, 1 Cumberland Law Review 392 (1970)

    • Diary of Federal Civil Litigation in the Wake of the 1993 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

    • How to Defend Nursing Home Cases (multiple seminars, 2003-2004)
    • How to Defend Punitive Damages Cases (multiple seminars, 2005-2006)
    • The Criminalization of Corporate Conduct and Federal Regulatory Investigations presented to the Lawyers for Civil Justice (May 2005)
    • E-Discovery and the Proposed Changes in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure presented to the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (July 2005)
    • The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 presented at the Excess Surplus Lines Claims Association’s Inaugural European Conference (November 2005)