William R. Scherer

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: 954-462-4119
Fax: 954-463-9244
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (10%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Banking (10%)
Attorney Profile

Mr. William “Bill” R. Scherer cofounded the law firm of Conrad & Scherer, LLP, in the late 1970’s with former 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 Brevard, North Carolina and Quito, Ecuador. 

As a seasoned trial attorney, Mr. Scherer 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 local and national 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.

While his former partner’s mantra “contested matters, any forum” continues to inspire Mr. Scherer’s practice, he primarily handles legally sophisticated matters that involve commercial and corporate litigation, mega-financial frauds, and civil rights litigation. 

Most recently, he served as lead counsel for over 80 victims of the infamous multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Scott Rothstein. Mr. Scherer led his complex litigation team in the battle against the banks and other defendants and was able to achieve a historic settlement. Mr. Scherer was able to return his clients what is said to be among the highest percentages of recovery for victims of a Ponzi scheme by asserting and developing novel causes of action and theories based substantially on secondary liability such as aiding and abetting fraud and civil conspiracy to defraud. News outlets described the settlement as a “huge victory” and a “landmark” lawsuit.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (30%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

General Litigation (20%): Litigation, Restraining Order, Small Claims

Business/Corporate (20%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations

Construction Litigation (10%): Construction Defects

Class Action/Mass Torts (10%): Class Actions, Asbestos, Toxic Torts

Banking (10%)

Focus Areas

Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Litigation, Restraining Order, Small Claims, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations, Construction Defects, Class Actions, Asbestos, Toxic Torts


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018

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About William Scherer

Admitted: 1973, Florida

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


  • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2006 and 2014
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1987 to present
  • Recognized by VerdictSearch in Top 100 Verdicts, 2005
  • Listed in Florida Trend's "Florida Legal Elite", 2004 and 2010
  • Recognized as an "Ultimate CEO" by the South Florida Business Journal, 2013
  • Recognized as "Most Effective Lawyer" by the Daily Business Review, 2005
  • Profiled as a "Power Broker" by the Sun-Sentinel Newspaper, 2002

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
Office Location for William R. Scherer

633 South Federal Highway, Suite 800
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Phone: 954-462-4119

Fax: 954-463-9244

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Last Updated: 2/20/2019

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