William Sterling Williams

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in West Palm Beach, FL

Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath
 | 515 N Flagler Dr, 10th Floor
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: 561-612-3359
Fax: 561-832-2932
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Held in high esteem by his fellow attorneys for his successful courtroom track record, William Sterling Williams is a partner at West Palm Beach-based Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath. Focusing his practice on personal injury and wrongful death litigation, he represents clients throughout the state of Florida. Admitted to practice in Florida since 1987, Mr. Williams is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He has been certified as a specialist in civil trial law by the Board of Legal Specialization & Education of The Florida Bar.

    Mr. Williams’s personal injury caseload has included medical malpractice, toxic torts, premises liability, maritime and airplane accidents, defective products, and motor vehicle crashes. He has been able to obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for his clients through both jury verdicts and negotiated settlements. Outside of the personal injury arena, Mr. Williams’s experience has included eminent domain proceedings, and in 2015, he won a $16 million jury award in an inverse condemnation class action, which was at the time the largest verdict in such a case in state history. These and other successes have earned him an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a “Superb” peer-review rating through Avvo.

    Born and raised in Palm Beach County, Mr. Williams attended the University of Florida as an undergraduate and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1984. His legal education was obtained at Stetson University College of Law, and in 1987, he was awarded his Juris Doctor. Mr. Williams’s professional memberships include the Florida Justice Association and the invitation-only Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 80%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%Professional Liability: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other, Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability

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    Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2020

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    Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization

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    About William Williams

    Admitted: 1987, Florida

    Professional Webpage: https://www.foryourrights.com/bill-williams/

    Honors/Awards:

    • University of Florida – Presidential Recognition Award for Leadership
    • Historical Society of Palm Beach County – Fannie James Award
    • Florida Super Lawyers- Plaintiff Personal Injury, Product Liability and Plaintiff Professional liability- 2008-2019
    • Martindale Hubbell – Preeminent Lawyer AV rating, 2015
    • Martindale Hubbell – AV Rating
    • Florida Justice Association – First Place – Statewide Mock Trial Competition
    • Boca Raton Magazine Best Lawyer - 2016
    • Florida Trend Magazine – Legal Elite
    • Florida Super Lawyers – Top 5% of Attorneys in Florida – 2012-2017
    • South Florida Legal Guide – Top Lawyer Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and Product Liability – 2012-2017

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Former Vice-Chairman – Grievance Committee and Civil Trial Certification Committee: The Florida Bar
    • Former Mock Trial Board: Stetson University College of Law
    • Former Board of Directors and Young Lawyers Section Member: Palm Beach County Bar Association
    • Former Program Chair – Jury Selection Seminar and Automobile Negligence
    • Member: Florida Lawyers Action Group
    • Member: Florida Justice Association
    • Chairman: Grievance Committee 15(a): The Florida Bar
    • Board of Overseers, Stetson University College of Law
    • Federalist Society, Member
    • Member, Society of Colonial wars
    • Member: Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts (By right of Descent)
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
    • Florida

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Trustee by Gubernatorial Appointment: Historic Preservation Board of Palm Beach County
    • Board of Advisors, Florida Mezzanine Fund, Orlando
    • Board of Directors: Internet News Agency
    • Member and Board of Benefactors: Historical Society of Palm Beach County
    • Charter Member and Board of Directors: Delray Beach Historical Society
    • Board of Directors: Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park, West Palm Beach
    • Board of Directors: Executive Committee Member, Boy Scouts of America Gulfstream Council
    • Trustee: Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches
    • Member: Scandinavian-American Foundation

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Author: Terror Before Dawn, A Child at War
    • Former Lecturer: American Association for Justice
    • Seminar (2004): Florida Justice Association
    • Lecturer, “Advanced Trial Skills and Medical Jurisprudence”, Stetson University College of Law
    • Lecturer, “How to Combat Defendant’s Attack on Damages,” ATLA Seminar, Dallas, TX

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Since 2010, William has obtained verdicts and settlements in excess of One hundred and twenty million dollars and has one of the largest personal injury settlements in Florida history.  Mr. Williams obtained the largest wrongful death verdict in Alachua County, Florida, at the time, and has the largest verdict in the history of Sumter County, Florida. In 2015 he obtained a 16 million dollar verdict in a class action suit involving inverse condemnation; a state record, as well as prior multimillion dollar verdicts in civil action cases totaling over $30 million dollars in 2014 and an 18 million dollar verdict in 2011, all State records. 

    Educational Background:

    • Interdisciplinary Degree in Florida Studies, University of Florida
    • B.A., University of Florida
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    Office Location for William Sterling Williams

    515 N Flagler Dr
    10th Floor
    West Palm Beach, FL 33401

    Phone: 561-612-3359

    Fax: 561-832-2932

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