Bill is a 1970 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, with 21 years of active duty service in the United States Army. He retired from the Army in September 1991 as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Judge Advocates General Corps (JAG). He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama in 1976 and was recognized as a Hugo Black Scholar. He received his Master of Law from New York University in 1985. As a JAG Officer, his duty assignments included defense counsel, prosecutor and military judge, as well as an Associate Professor with the Law Department at West Point where he taught Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Environmental Law. Prior to his JAG duty, he served as an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers. His military qualifications include senior parachutist, jump master and ranger and his military awards include the Army Commendation Medal (3), Meritorious Service Medal (2) and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Bill has also served an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, University of Denver School of Law, Stetson Law School and Hillsborough Community College.
Bill is admitted to practice in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Washington, D.C., as well as the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention.
Bill's practice focuses on first party property defense, first party coverage disputes, extracontractual matters and employment law. He has extensive experience in handling arson and fraud cases, as well as hurricane claims. He has tried numerous cases and has extensive mediation experience. Bill frequently speaks on first party insurance issues and has presented lectures and workshops on arson related issues for the Florida Arson Seminar and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Advanced Fire Investigations Course.