William “Bill” Poole is a partner and heads the Atlanta office International Practice. He was one of the first lawyers in Atlanta to focus his practice exclusively on transnational business and investment matters and is recognized nationally and internationally for his significant experience and expertise in transnational business transactions. Since 1973, Poole has practiced in Atlanta as a corporate and tax lawyer, specializing in representing foreign companies and individuals in all aspects of establishing or acquiring businesses and properties in the United States and representing U.S. businesses with respect to exporting products and services and transacting business outside the United States.
During his career, he has represented companies and individuals from more than 40 countries doing business in the United States and U.S. companies and individuals doing business in more than 30 countries outside of the United States. Poole has counseled and advised his clients regarding all aspects of general corporate and commercial business, including acquisitions and mergers, and many types of sales, distribution, franchising, licensing and joint venture relationships.
Poole often assists clients with international tax planning issues, including planning relating to bi-lateral tax conventions, assisting in structuring profitable transnational business transactions, minimizing total global worldwide tax liability, yet complying with all applicable tax laws. He also provides immigration services, including non-immigrant and permanent resident petitions. Poole has represented many software developers and hardware manufacturers and has assisted many technologically advanced companies in protecting and licensing their proprietary intellectual property rights including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and technical know-how, both domestically and internationally.
Poole graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., in 1966 with a bachelor of science in general engineering. He served in the Army as an Airborne Ranger Infantry platoon leader and company commander in Berlin and as a district advisor in the Republic of South Vietnam. Poole was a cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a Vassar Wooley scholar, editor-in-chief of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, oralist for the Jessup International moot court team and won the law school appellate moot court argument. He graduated from the Executive MBA program of Georgia State University in 1988.
Poole has taught transnational tax planning as an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia School of Law and Emory University School of Law, and he is an adjunct professor at Georgia State University Law School, teaching international business transactions law. Poole is active in the Atlanta international business community, notably as a founder and member of the Board of Directors and president of the World Trade Center of Atlanta.
Poole was selected as a member of the first class of the Society of International Business Fellows and was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce as a member of the Atlanta District Export Council, which he chaired for many years. He is an active participant in the American, Atlanta, and Georgia Bar Associations, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Board of Advisors and Global Commerce Council of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and many of the Bilateral Chambers of Commerce.