The law firm of William H. Paynter serves clients in Sonoma, Napa, Marin, and Solano Counties. The law firm focuses on Family Law and Civil Litigation. Covering divorce, child custody/visitation, and child/spousal support, personal injury cases involving serious injury or wrongful death, and business matters.
Martindale-Hubbell, the most widely recognized and respected lawyer rating service, has rated William H. Paynter at 4.8 out of 5. Mr. Paynter has over 40 years experience in the practice of law including 25+ years in Sonoma and the surrounding counties.
The firm is recognized by its clients, former clients, referring attorneys and law firms, and by Sonoma businesspersons, as providing cost-effective legal representation, straightforward legal advice, as well as outstanding results. Most of the firm’s work comes from satisfied former clients and from referrals from other Sonoma County attorneys. We do not operate a volume practice, but strive to provide personal attention, timely communication with clients, attention to detail, and exceptional representation for all of our clients.
The firm’s approach is tailored to fit individuals needing cost effective solutions from an attorney with extensive family law and civil litigation experience. We understand and appreciate the monetary and non-monetary costs of divorce, custody and support issues, and litigation. We fully recognize that your matter can be significantly more expensive than it ever needs to be if we do not think strategically about your situation from the outset of our representation. Our commitment is to collaborate with you to understand fully your legal situation, the results you desire, and to employ the strategies, throughout our handling of your case, that will achieve a successful result for you in the least expensive way.
We know the advantages of using the latest technology for trial presentations, trial preparation, and document management. We use technology and document management which enables us to spend our time, and our client’s funds, efficiently, to remain competitive, and to present our client’s cases to judges and juries in the most effective and persuasive manner.
Sometimes, the only way to achieve a successful and fair result is to take a case to trial, mediation, or arbitration. As importantly, good settlements are achieved when the opposition recognizes that your lawyer is preparing your case for trial; has trial experience; has trial skills; and will try your case if a fair settlement is not achieved. I am a trial lawyer with years of trial experience before judges and juries in federal and state courts and before arbitrators. I have worked as a mediator. I have gained a reputation among my colleagues in the bar as a skilled, savvy, and hard-nosed trial lawyer who will try a case if a fair settlement is not reached.
There are few, if any, cases where an optimum result for a client can be achieved without very hard work by a lawyer and law firm. Mr. Paynter has gained a reputation as being hard working, passionate about success, and winning. While we cannot change the facts of your case, we believe that the lawyer who works the hardest has the edge going into trial or settlement negotiations. That is a fundamental belief we bring to every case and to our representation of every client.