Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

William Linero is a Partner at Butler in our Tampa office. 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 participates in litigation across the state of Florida and is experienced in defending high exposure claims as lead counsel, both in trials and mediations.

William spent a short time as an Associate in 1999 before coming to work at Butler.  He joined the firm after graduating from the Villanova University School of Law in 1998. Before that, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Tampa's John H. Sykes College of Business in 1994.


  • Florida


  • University of Tampa
    Bachelor of Science in Economics
  • Villanova University School of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence


  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA)
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) (Deputy Regional President for Region VIII (Florida))
  • Tampa Hispanic Bar Association (THBA)


  • Florida Courts (Northern, Middle and Southern Districts)
  • Florida State Courts


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.


April 19, 2016 EVENTNo Time for Recess: Defending Schools and Daycares in Negligence/Premises Liability Actions


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September 18, 2015 NEWSInvitation to serve as Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Deputy Regional President for Region VIII

William Linero accepts the Regional VIII Deputy President for the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)

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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • General Casualty Litigation
  • Negligent Security - Violent Crimes