William R. Cawthorn was born on September 25, 1945, in Petersburg, Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1972 from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond where he was a member of the McNeill Scholastic Honor Society. Mr. Cawthorn served in the Artillery Branch of the United States Army in 1966 to 1970 and attained the rank of First Lieutenant.
Mr. Cawthorn is the founder of Cawthorn, Deskevich & Gavin, an inactive member of the Virginia State Bar, and serves Of Counsel to the firm.