William Sterling Williams, Esq.

Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer

William S. Williams specializes in the practice areas of wrongful death and personal injury from Automobile, Motorcycle, Pedestrian and Commercial Trucking collisions, as well as Product Liability, Maritime, Aviation, Premises Liability, Chemical Exposure, General Negligence, Medical Malpractice, Legal Malpractice, and Toxic Tort cases throughout Florida and the United States. He has practiced exclusively in this area during his career. William is a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, which is the highest level of recognition for attorney competency and experience. He has one of the largest personal injury settlements in the history of Florida. William obtained his first $1 million case before he was thirty years old.  He has represented individuals from the State of Florida, the United States, and around the world, who have been catastrophically injured or has lost a family member in a tragedy.

Since 2010, he has obtained verdicts and settlements in excess of One hundred and fifty million dollars. Mr. Williams obtained the largest wrongful death verdict in Alachua County, Florida, at the time, and had 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 class action cases totaling over $30 million dollars in 2014 and an 18 million dollar verdict in 2011, all State records.

William S. Williams is from one of the oldest families in the United States of America and, more particularly, one of America’s founding families who arrived in the Massachusetts, Bay Colony in 1637.  Members of his family were involved in the settlement and protection of the western part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the French and Indian Wars.  Rev. Elisha Williams was the fourth President of Yale University and members of his family are some of the most prominent military and religious leaders in Colonial America. Colonel Ephraim Williams was the founder of Williams College.  William Williams was a Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

William is also the grandson of Norwegian industrialist Karl Ragnar Fagerberg, who helped develop Norway’s power and water energy systems.  Along with his grandfather, William’s mother was active in the Norwegian resistance during German occupation of Norway. William wrote the book “Terror Before Dawn, A Child at War”, based upon his mother’s experiences as a child in Nazi occupied Norway

William is also a fourth generation Floridian and Palm Beach County native.  His great-grandfather, Henry J. Sterling, was one of the earliest pioneers of southern Palm Beach County after buying land from Henry M. Flagler, and was a founder of the area in the late 1800s that became Delray Beach. The Williams family was honored by the Historical Society of Palm Beach County for their many contributions to Palm Beach County. Contact Mr. Williams.

Family History

Education

  • J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 1987
  • B.A., University of Florida, 1984
  • Interdisciplinary Degree in Florida Studies, University of Florida, 1983

Areas of Practice

  • Automobile and Trucking Collisions
  • Wrongful Death
  • Pesticide Poisoning Cases
  • Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Chemical Exposure/Carbon Monoxide
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Uber Cases
  • Maritime Accidents & Boating Collisions
  • Diving Accidents
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Liquor Liability/Dram Shop
  • Negligent Security
  • Products Liability
  • Negligent Computer Programming
  • General Negligence
  • Qui Tam
  • Whistleblower
  • Class Actions
  • Crop Damage Cases
  • Electrocution  Cases
  • Round Up Weed Killer Cases
  • Herbicide Exposure
  • All Tort Cases
  • Medical Malpractice

Some Recent Case Examples: 2009-2017

  • Confidential Settlement, Negligent Security, Palm Beach County (2017)
  • Confidential Settlement, Premises Liability, Miami-Dade County (2017)
  • Confidential Settlement, Chemical Exposure, Palm Beach County, (2017)
  • $2.4 Million Settlement, Wrongful Death, Broward County, (2017)
  • $1.25 Million Settlement, Auto Collision, Neck & Back Surgery (2017)
  • $350,000 Settlement, Back Surgery, Martin County, (2017)
  • $245,000 Settlement, Auto Collision-Back Surgery, Palm Beach County (2017)
  • Confidential Settlement, Defective Seawall, Palm Beach County (2017)
  • $1.5 Million Dollar Settlement, pedestrian, Broward county (2016)
  • Toxic Tort Chemical Exposure, Confidential Settlement, Martin County (2016)
  • $340,000 Verdict, pedestrian collision, Palm Beach County (2016)
  • Confidential Settlement, Electrical Shock, South Florida, (2015)
  • $740,000 Verdict, Cervical Fusion, Palm Beach County, (2015)
  • $16.2 Million Verdict, Class Action-Palm Beach County (2015)
  • $1,750,000 Settlement, Spinal Surgery, Palm Beach County (2015)
  • Confidential Settlement, Product Liability, Florida (2015)
  • $30 Million Verdict, Class Action- Orange County (2014)
  • Confidential Settlement- Toxic Tort Chemical Exposure – Palm Beach County (2014)
  • $12.5 Million Verdict, Class Action – Lee County (2014)
  • $1.9 Million Settlement- Legal Malpractice- Tampa Bay (2014)
  • $750,000 Settlement- Improper Burial- Miami Dade County (2014)
  • $730,000 Settlement – Single Level Fusion, Palm Beach County (2014)
  • $600,000 Settlement, Neck Surgery, Miami Dade (2014)
  • $1 Million Dollar Settlement- Truck Collision, Left Foot Surgery and Neck Injury, Highlands County  (2013)
  • $1.1 Million Dollar Settlement- Construction defect, Auto Collision, Palm Beach County (2013)
  • Confidential Settlement, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Broward County (2012)
  • $1 Million Dollar Settlement, Premises Liability, Neck & Shoulder Surgery, Palm Beach County, (2012)
  • $1 Million Dollar Settlement, Product Liability, Head Injury, Palm Beach County, (2012)
  • $600,000 Settlement, Auto Collision, Neck Surgery, Broward County,  (2012)
  • Confidential Settlement, Legal Malpractice, Volusia County,  (2012)
  • Confidential Settlement, Legal Malpractice, Orange County,  (2012)
  • Confidential Settlement, Legal Malpractice, Hillsborough County,  (2012)
  • Confidential Settlement, Dram Shop/Liquor Liability, Wrongful Death, Palm Beach County,  (2012)
  • $2.145 Million Settlement, Roadway Construction Collision, Palm Beach County, (2011)
  • $1 Million Settlement, Scooter/Vehicle Collision, Shoulder Surgery, Palm Beach County (2011)
  • $19 Million Verdict, Citrus Canker Class Action, Palm Beach County (2011)
  • $1.5 Million Settlement, Auto Collision, Knee Surgery, Palm Beach County (2011)
  • $900,000 Settlement, Motor Cycle Accident, Below Knee Amputation, Martin County (2010)
  • $900,000 Settlement, Premises Liability, Neck Surgery, Palm Beach County (2010)
  • Confidential Settlement, Maritime Crash, Multiple Fractures, Palm Beach County (2010)
  • Confidential Settlement, Helicopter Crash, Low Back Injuries, Palm Beach County (2010)
  • Confidential Settlement, Pedestrian Fatality, Palm Beach County (2009)

Certifications Specialties

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education (1994-2016)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1987
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1987

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Lecturer, “Advanced Trial Skills and Medical Jurisprudence”, Stetson University College of Law, 1988-91, 2000-02
  • Lecturer, “How to Combat Defendant’s Attack on Damages,” ATLA Seminar, Dallas, TX.

Awards and Honors

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

Professional Associations and Leadership Activities

  • Member, Society of Colonial wars
  • Member: Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts (By right of Descent)
  • Author: Terror Before Dawn, A Child at War (2012)
  • Federalist Society, Member
  • Board of Overseers, Stetson University College of Law
  • Member: Scandinavian-American Foundation
  • Chairman: Grievance Committee 15(a), (2004 to 2006):The Florida Bar
  • Member: Florida Justice Association
  • Member: Florida Lawyers Action Group
  • Former Program Chair – Jury Selection Seminar (2002) and Automobile Negligence
  • Seminar( 2004): Florida Justice Association
  • Former Lecturer (1995): American Association for Justice
  • Former Vice-Chairman – Grievance Committee (1994-97) and Civil Trial Certification Committee (1998-2000): The Florida Bar
  • Former: Omicron Delta Kappa National Scholastic and Leadership Honorary
  • Former: Order of Omega National Greek Leadership Honorary
  • Former Board of Directors and Young Lawyers Section Member: Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Former Mock Trial Board: Stetson University College of Law

Community Associations and Leadership Activities

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