William R. Scherer, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Conrad & Scherer, LLP
 | 633 Federal Hwy, Suite 800
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-546-7822
Fax: 954-463-9244
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (50%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Land Use/Zoning (10%)
Attorney Profile

William R. Scherer co-founded the firm in 1974 with his late partner Rex Conrad. Over the past almost four decades, Mr. Scherer has grown Conrad & Scherer into one of Florida’s leading law firms and has expanded the firm’s presence with offices in New York, New York, Brevard, North Carolina, and Quito, Ecuador.

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® since 1987, Mr. Scherer is a seasoned trial attorney. He has litigated over 100 trials in both jury and non-jury cases before state, appellate, and federal courts. Mr. Scherer’s cases and legal accomplishments have received coverage by major television networks such as CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and FNN and national and local newspapers such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, South Florida Business Journal, the Daily Business Review, the Sun-Sentinel and the Miami Herald.

Mr. Scherer was lead counsel for victims of the infamous multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Scott Rothstein. Notably, Mr. Scherer led his complex litigation team and achieved an historic settlement returning to investors what is said to be the highest percentages of recovery for victims of a Ponzi scheme. News outlets described the settlement as a “huge victory” and a “landmark” lawsuit.

In 2005, Mr. Scherer served as plaintiff’s counsel in a high-profile commercial lawsuit involving the sale of a health insurance company and obtained, by jury verdict, one of the largest damage awards in Broward County history.

During the historical 2000 Presidential Election Litigation in Florida, Mr. Scherer led a team of attorneys representing President George W. Bush and personally represented the President in the Broward County recount.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Scherer has also served as counsel to various government entities. From 1988 to 2005, Mr. Scherer served as General Counsel to the North Broward Hospital District, one of the largest public health care providers in the nation, with four hospitals and nine specialized treatment centers. As General Counsel for the Hospital District, he supervised teams of legal experts in healthcare and malpractice law, and was responsible for all trials and legal actions taken by or against the Hospital District.

Mr. Scherer began his legal career as a law clerk to the Indiana Supreme Court and the Honorable Charles Fulton, Former Chief of the United States District Court for the South District of Florida.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

General Litigation (50%): Litigation, Small Claims

Class Action/Mass Torts (30%): Class Actions

Professional Liability (10%): Professional Malpractice - Other

Land Use/Zoning (10%)

Focus Areas

Litigation, Small Claims, Class Actions, Professional Malpractice - Other

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018

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About William Scherer, Jr.

Admitted: 1973, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://www.conradscherer.com/conrad-and-scherer-attorneys/

Honors/Awards:

  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer in Commercial Litigation, 2018 - 2020, Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers , 2020
  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer in Commercial Litigation, 2018 - 2020, Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers , 2019
  • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2006 - 2017, 2019, Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide, 2019
  • Listed as one of the “FACES of Fort Lauderdale” by Gold Coast Magazine, April 2019, FACES of Fort Lauderdale, Gold Coast Magazine, 2019
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 2019
  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer in Commercial Litigation, 2018 - 2020, Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers , 2018
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 2018
  • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2006 - 2017, 2019, Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide, 2017
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 2017
  • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2006 - 2017, 2019, Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide, 2016
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 2016
  • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2006 - 2017, 2019, Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide, 2015
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 2015
  • Listed in Florida Trend's "Florida Legal Elite", 2004, 2010 and 2014, Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend's, 2014
  • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2006 - 2017, 2019, Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide, 2014
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
  • Recognized as an "Ultimate CEO" by the South Florida Business Journal, 2013, Ultimate CEO, South Florida Business Journal, 2013
  • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2006 - 2017, 2019, Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide, 2013
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • Recognized as "Most Effective Lawyer" by the Daily Business Review, 2005 and 2012, Most Effective Lawyer, Daily Business Review, 2012
  • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2006 - 2017, 2019, Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide, 2012
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 2012
  • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2006 - 2017, 2019, Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide, 2011
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 2011
  • Listed in Florida Trend's "Florida Legal Elite", 2004, 2010 and 2014, Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend's, 2010
  • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2006 - 2017, 2019, Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide, 2010
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 2010
  • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2006 - 2017, 2019, Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide, 2009
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 2009
  • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2006 - 2017, 2019, Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide, 2008
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 2008
  • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2006 - 2017, 2019, Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide, 2007
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 2007
  • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2006 - 2017, 2019, Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide, 2006
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 2006
  • Recognized as "Most Effective Lawyer" by the Daily Business Review, 2005 and 2012, Most Effective Lawyer, Daily Business Review, 2005
  • Recognized by VerdictSearch in Top 100 Verdicts, Top 100 Verdicts of 2005 , Verdict Search , 2005
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 2005
  • Listed in Florida Trend's "Florida Legal Elite", 2004, 2010 and 2014, Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend's, 2004
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 2004
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 2003
  • Profiled as a “Political Power Broker” by Gold Coast Magazine, April 2002, Political Power Broker, Gold Coast Magazine, 2002
  • Profiled as a "Power Broker" by the Sun-Sentinel Newspaper, Power Broker, Sun-Sentinel Newspaper, 2002
  • Listed as one of “The 50 Most Powerful People in Broward County” by Gold Coast Magazine, May/June 2002, The 50 Most Powerful People in Broward County, Gold Coast Magazine, 2002
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 2002
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 2001
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 2000
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 1999
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 1998
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 1997
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 1996
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 1995
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 1994
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 1993
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 1992
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 1991
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 1990
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 1989
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 1988
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present, AV Preeminent Peer Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 1987

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Judicial Nominating Commission, Fourth District Court of Appeal, Gubernatorial Appointee (Governor Bush), 1999 to 2003
  • City of Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority, Board Member, 1989 to 1996
  • Judicial Nominating Commission, 17th Circuit, Gubernatorial Appointee (Governor Martinez, Governor Bush, and Governor Scott) 1987 to 1999, 2001 to 2003, 2003 to 2007, 2011 to 2012
  • Broward County Ethics Commission, 2009 to 2010
  • Federal Bar, Grievance Panel for the Southern District of Florida, 1995 to 1997
  • Chair, Judicial Nominating Commission, 17th Circuit, 2006
  • Broward Workshop, Board Member, 2002 to 2012
  • Franklin College Board of Trustees, 2000 to 2008

Educational Background:

  • Franklin College of Indiana, Bachelor of Science, 1969
  • School of Law at Indiana University, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 1973

Industry Groups

  • Commercial Fraud Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Land Use Litigation
  • Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
  • Professional Negligence & Malpractice
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Office Location for William R. Scherer, Jr.

633 Federal Hwy
Suite 800
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Phone: 954-546-7822

Fax: 954-463-9244

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Last Updated: 10/14/2019

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