Bill Overend moved to Athens in 1990 to pursue a journalism degree at the University of Georgia. After graduating in 1993, he stayed in Athens, working at Flagpole Magazine and as a freelance graphic artist.
In 1996, he began work for Dixon’s Bicycles and the Athens Twilight organization, helping organize the local festival in Downtown Athens during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
Bill worked as an event promoter for the Athens Twilight and other professional bicycling events around the county while simultaneously operating two small businesses downtown.
In 1999, Bill returned to UGA for law school and graduated, with honors, from the School of Law in 2002.
From 2002- 2005, Bill was an Assistant District Attorney for the Western Judicial Circuit (Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties), handling numerous bench and jury trials, and eventually rising to the position of Felony Drug Prosecutor.
In 2005, Bill joined the law firm of McArthur & McArthur, P.A. in downtown Athens. In March 2008, they formed McArthur, McArthur & Overend, and L.L.P. Bill’s practice focused on domestic and family law and criminal defense.
In 2010. Bill began mediating domestic and family law cases. In 2017, Bill left McArthur, McArthur & Overend to focus primarily on mediation. He maintains a selective domestic and family law practice, specializing in representing victims of domestic violence.
Bill is active in the community and has served on multiple non-profit boards, including the Athens Justice Project, the Athens Twilight Foundation, and Athens Little League.
Bill served two terms on the board of the Athens Downtown Development Authority, including one term as chair.
Bill is married and lives in the Glenwood subdivision with his wife, his two sons, his two stepsons, a couple of cats, and a very large dog.