Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath
515 N Flagler Dr Fl 10Th
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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, 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 have lost a family member in a tragedy.
Since 2010, he has obtained verdicts and settlements in excess of One hundred and eighty 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 New England family were involved in the settlement and protection of the western part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the French and Indian Wars and are some of the most prominent military and religious leaders in Colonial America. Rev. Elisha Williams was the fourth President of Yale University. 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. When Palm Beach County was established, Sterling offered land if the county seat was to be located in Delray Beach. The Sterling and Williams family were honored by the Historical Society of Palm Beach County for their many contributions to Palm Beach County which included the founding of Delray Beach, donation of a city block for a children's playground and the founding of the Bethesda Memorial Hospital along with their other contributions.
Family History The Trustenegee - The Sterlings The Story of Henry and Ethel Sterling The Ethel Sterling Williams History Learning Center Pioneer women's legacies live on in city institutions
Feds Probe Florida Handling of Pesticide Case Partner, Bill Williams Represents Client That Was Sucked Into An Underwater Power Plant Pipe While Diving Fumigation companies blamed for poisoning 10-year-old boy withdraw defense that draws outrage The Law Office of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey and Fronrath included in 2016 South Florida Legal Guide Local School Bus Tragedy Inspires National Change How Local School Bus Tragedy Contributed To Federal Decision Endorsing Seatbelts On School Buses William S. Williams fights for Florida's Homeowner in longest running case in state history: Delray Beach: Historical Society holds keys to city's past, dreams for its future Jury awards $20.7M in Orange County citrus canker class action Citrus Tree Owners Awarded $19.2 Million in Canker Trial Family of sick boy sues pest control companies
J.D., Stetson University College of Law B.A., University of Florida Interdisciplinary Degree in Florida Studies, University of Florida
Areas of Practice
Automobile and Trucking Collisions Wrongful Death Pesticide Poisoning Cases Round Up Weed Killer Cases Herbicide Exposure 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 and Agriculture Cases Electrocution Cases Eminent Domain Commercial Litigation Inverse Condemnation All Tort Cases
Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Florida U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
Classes/ Seminars Taught
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.
Awards and Honors
Florida Super Lawyers- Plaintiff Personal Injury, Product Liability and Plaintiff Professional liability- 2008-2019 South Florida Legal Guide - Top Lawyer Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and Product Liability - 2012-2017 Florida Super Lawyers - Top 5% of Attorneys in Florida - 2012-2017 Florida Trend Magazine - Legal Elite Boca Raton Magazine Best Lawyer (2016) Florida Justice Association - First Place - Statewide Mock Trial Competition Martindale Hubbell - AV Rating Martindale Hubbell - Preeminent Lawyer AV rating (2015) University of Florida - Presidential Recognition Award for Leadership Historical Society of Palm Beach County - Fannie James Award
Professional Associations and Leadership Activites
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 Federalist Society, Member Board of Overseers, Stetson University College of Law Member: Scandinavian-American Foundation Chairman: Grievance Committee 15(a): The Florida Bar Member: Florida Justice Association Member: Florida Lawyers Action Group Former Program Chair - Jury Selection Seminar and Automobile Negligence Seminar (2004): Florida Justice Association Former Lecturer: American Association for Justice Former Vice-Chairman - Grievance Committee and Civil Trial Certification Committee: 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 Activites
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 Board of Advisors, Florida Mezzanine Fund, Orlando