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William Linero, Jr.

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(813) 281-1900


777 S. Harbour Island Boulevard
Suite 500
Tampa, Florida


Practice Areas

  • Casualty Defense Litigation
  • Construction
  • Product Liability


  • University of Tampa
  • Villanova University School of Law
William Linero, Jr. is a Partner at Butler Pappas.

His primary area of practice involves the defense of civil litigation on behalf of individuals and companies, both local and national, and public and private.  He litigates cases statewide and has participated in numerous trials and mediations as lead counsel. William's practice includes defending high exposure claims in various areas of law, including: Personal Injury; Wrongful Death; Property Damage; Construction Defect; Premises Liability; Negligent Security; Motor Vehicle Accidents; Trucking Accidents; Products Liability; and Defamation.

William is a member of The Florida Bar and is admitted to practice before all state courts in Florida. He is also admitted to practice in all three federal districts in Florida: the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) and the Defense Research Institute (DRI), an international organization of lawyers involved in the defense of civil litigation, where he serves on the Professionalism and Ethics Committee.  He has also has received the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest possible rating.

Representative Cases

  • Diaz v. South Florida Land Developers, Inc., 819 So.2d 775 (Fla. 3d DCA 2002) - A construction site accident case where the plaintiff suffered serious injury after falling out of a second story opening of the exterior wall.  The plaintiff sued our client, claiming that the client was in control of the job site and was responsible for its operation, management, maintenance, repair and control and  The plaintiff alleged that the client was responsible for the accident and breached applicable safety standards and codes by failing to notify or warn the plaintiff of the allegedly dangerous condition and failing to correct the allegedly dangerous condition.  We obtained summary judgment in favor of the client based on Florida's Worker's Compensation Immunity Doctrine, § 440.11, Fla. Stat., which was affirmed on appeal.
  • Silver v. 601 71st Street, L.L.C., 876 So.2d 571 (Fla. 3d DCA 2004) - A personal injury case where the plaintiff, a 94 year old woman who used a walker to ambulate, fell outside of our client's fast food restaurant.  The plaintiff allegedly fell while traversing down a handicap access ramp located on the property.  The plaintiff sued the client alleging that the client failed to maintain the ramp in a reasonably safe condition, and that the defective condition of the ramp caused her to fall and suffer serious injury, including a fractured hip.  We obtained a defense verdict for the client at trial.

Case Types

  • Automobile Negligence
  • BI (Bodily Injury)
  • BI (Business Interruption)
  • Casualty Defense Litigation
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Chemicals - Toxic Tort
  • Commercial General Liability
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Contribution Claims
  • Deceptive Trade Practices
  • Fire Spread Litigation
  • General Casualty Litigation
  • Libel
  • Manufacturer Liability
  • Material Failures
  • Motor Vehicle Claims
  • Negligent Hiring
  • Negligent Security - Violent Crimes
  • Negligent Supervision
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Products Liability - Automobile
  • Products Liability - Consumer Products (All Types)
  • Slander
  • Sovereign Immunity Issues
  • Standard Liability
  • Third Party Liability
  • Trucking
  • Underinsured Motorist
  • Unfair Debt Collection Act
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Discharge