Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

A trusted and valued advisor, William Linero Jr. knows that efficiency and reliability are two of the most crucial components for his client’s success. A Partner in the Tampa office, William’s practice is concentrated in Construction and Casualty Defense Litigation. William participates in litigation across the state of Florida and is experienced in defending high exposure claims as lead counsel on behalf of individuals and companies, public and private. His vast experience encompasses high exposure construction defect, personal injury and negligent security cases involving violent crimes. William’s remarkable ability to craft a clear roadmap for his clients shows in his results, as he has obtained many favorable results for his clients, including defense verdicts, summary judgments and efficient settlements. His authentic approach not only saves his client’s money, but also provides a sense of security knowing that they are his first priority.

William was the first in his family to graduate college.  Growing up, William’s natural talent for problem solving and debating skills had his friends and family declaring that he would undoubtedly become a lawyer.During law school, William dove into an clerkship with captive counsel for Zurich Insurance, which helped him to ‘hit-the-ground-running’ in the insurance litigation practice. William has more than 20 years of law firm and insurance litigation experience, providing a wealth of valuable insight for those he represents.

William values his Hispanic heritage and helps to cultivate a dynamic culture that thrives on diversity. He serves as the Deputy Regional President for Region VIII for the Hispanic National Bar Association and is an active member in the organization. He is also member of the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association and serves on Butler’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and seeks to promote diversity and inclusion of underrepresented classes in the legal industry.

Admissions

  • Florida

Education

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

Memberships

  • 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)

Courts

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

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.

Events

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

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News

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