William R. Scherer, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Conrad & Scherer, LLP
 | 633 South Federal Highway, Suite 800, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-546-7822
Fax: 954-463-9244
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018, 2020
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (20%),
  • 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
  • 40%Business Litigation
  • 30%Class Action/Mass Torts
  • 20%Professional Liability
  • 10%Land Use/Zoning
Focus Areas

Class Actions, Professional Malpractice - Other

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018, 2020

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About William Scherer, Jr.

Admitted: 1973, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://www.conradscherer.com/attorneys/william-r-scherer-jr...

Honors/Awards:

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member/“Advocate", 1989 - present , 2020
  • Broward Workshop, Board Member, 2002 - 2012, 2012
  • Judicial Nominating Commission, 17th Circuit, Gubernatorial Appointee (Governor Martinez, Governor Bush, and Governor Scott) 1987 - 1999, 2001 - 2007, 2011 - 2012, 2012
  • Broward County Ethics Commission, 2009 - 2010, 2010
  • City of Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority, Board Member, 1989 - 1996 and 2003 - 2010, 2010
  • Franklin College Board of Trustees, 2000 - 2008, 2008
  • Chair, Judicial Nominating Commission, 17th Circuit, 2006
  • Judicial Nominating Commission, Fourth District Court of Appeal, Gubernatorial Appointee (Governor Bush), 1999 - 2003, 2003
  • Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Interim General Counsel, Gubernatorial Appointee (Governor Bush), 2000
  • Florida Lawyers for Bush, Broward and Palm Beach County Chair, 1998 - 2000, 2000
  • Florida Lawyers for Bush, Statewide Co-Chair, 1998 - 2000, 2000
  • Federal Bar, Grievance Panel for the Southern District of Florida, 1995 - 1997, 1997
  • Florida Patient Compensation Fund, Board of Directors, 1992
  • Federal Bar Association, Broward County Chapter, Past President, 1982 - 1983, 1983

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • C5’s 3rd Forum “Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery,” Miami Beach, Florida, “Miami Vice—Unraveling the $1.2 Billion Rothstein Ponzi Scheme,” October, Speaker, “Miami Vice—Unraveling the $1.2 Billion Rothstein Ponzi Scheme,”, C5’s 3rd Forum “Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery,” Miami Beach, Florida, 2012
  • American Board of Trial Advocates and the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of ABOTA “Masters In Opening Statements and Closing Arguments”, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May , Speaker, “Masters In Opening Statements and Closing Arguments”, American Board of Trial Advocates and the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of ABOTA, 2011
  • BankAtlantic Attorney Seminar, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, “Unraveling a Ponzi Scheme,” October, Speaker, “Unraveling a Ponzi Scheme”, BankAtlantic Attorney Seminar, 2010
  • Boys and Girls Club of Broward County Men’s Luncheon, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, “The Ponzi in its Aftermath,” April, Featured Speaker, “The Ponzi in its Aftermath”, Boys and Girls Club of Broward County Men’s Luncheon, 2010
  • Medicaid Reform – A Call to Action, South Florida Hospital News, March, Editorial, Medicaid Reform – A Call to Action, South Florida Hospital News, 2005
  • Vital Reforms – Why Everyone Needs to Pay Attention to Proposed Medicaid Reforms, Smart Business – Broward/Palm Beach, March at 24, Editorial, Vital Reforms – Why Everyone Needs to Pay Attention to Proposed Medicaid Reforms, Smart Business, 2005
  • Directors and Officers Face Liability – Check Your D&O Insurance Now, Smart Business – Broward/Palm Beach, April at 14, Editorial, Directors and Officers Face Liability – Check Your D&O Insurance Now, Smart Business, 2005
  • Editorial, Recommended Reforms Must Pass in Session, South Fla. Sun Sentinel, June at 21A, Editorial, Recommended Reforms Must Pass in Session, South Fla. Sun Sentinel, 2003

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Educational Background:

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

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 South Federal Highway, Suite 800
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Phone: 954-546-7822

Fax: 954-463-9244

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