William Cornelius, Attorney/Mediator, Tyler, Texas

Persistence, Patience, Perspective

As a mediator, William (Bill) Cornelius brings these important qualities to the dispute resolution process. With a calm demeanor and even handed temperament, he can effectively manage the intense emotions and conflicting energies typically encountered in the mediation environment. With more than 40 years of trial experience, and a hard earned reputation for fairness and integrity, Bill can offer straight talk to mediation participants about litigation risks, and oversee discussion of sensible solutions for avoiding those risks. His determination, evident even in post mediation follow up discussions, will help maximize your chances for a successful resolution.

Mr. Cornelius is available to mediate all kinds of civil disputes, including patent infringement cases.


Bill is a native East Texan. He attended Baylor University where he received his J.D. in 1975. He has practiced with the Firm since 1985, and is "AV" rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

Professional Experience

  • Wilson, Robertson & Cornelius, P.C. 1985-present
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Texas, 1979-1985
  • McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel, Galveston, Texas, 1975-1979


  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Texas Chapter
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • T. John Ward Inn of Court
  • Texas Monthly Magazine “Super Lawyer”
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Eastern District of Texas Bar Association

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The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
American Board of Trial Advocates

William Cornelius


Admitted: 1975
One American Center
909 ESE Loop 323, Suite 400
Tyler, Texas 75701
Direct Line: 903-509-5004
Fax: 903-509-5091


Jo Ruth Hancock, Certified Paralegal
Direct Line: 903-509-5000
Fax: 903-509-5091

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