William W. Gerrans


Morehead City, North Carolina






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I have a broad range of criminal and civil trial experience. I began defending homicide cases while working with my uncle, Jack Gerrans in 1982. I have defended over one hundred homicide cases. I have a proven record. I defended my first capital case in 1986. I also have defended a number of criminal sex offense charges and other serious felonies. I also have an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
Areas of Practice
  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Family Law
  • Will Disputes
  • Certified Family Financial Mediator 
Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions
  • North Carolina, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1990
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina | J.D. - 1982
  • University of North Carolina , Chapel Hill, North Carolina |  B.S. - 1979 | Major: Business Administration
Representative Cases
  • Triple Homicide-Young Autistic Man Kills Family (Superior 2008)
  • Double Homicide-Mentally Challenged Habitual Criminal Kills Lovers (Superior 2011)
  • Homicide-Various Cases Involving Self Defense, Defense of Others and Defense of Home, (1982-Present)
Representative Clients
  • Young
  • Poor
  • Fatherless
  • Uneducated or mentally challenged
Honors and Awards
  • On the Roster of Attorneys Approved by IDS to be First Chair Counsel in Capital Cases
  • Eastern North Carolina Inn of Court
  • Graduate of Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College
Past Employment Positions
  • Gerrans, Foster & Sargeant, Founding Partner, 1990-Present
  • Gerrans & Gerrans, P.A., Partner, 1982 - 1990