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, and he is the Firm’s Chairperson for the Product Liability Practice Group. 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 a 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 (HNBA) (Deputy Regional President for Region VIII (Florida))
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Tampa Hispanic Bar Association (THBA)

Courts

  • Florida Federal 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.

Blog Posts

July 19, 2019 BLOG POSTPHENOMENON OR PANDEMIC: PONDERING THE POTENTIAL LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE E-SCOOTER CRAZE

On July 12, 2019, YouTube celebrity Emily Hartridge died from injuries she sustained in a collision between an electric scooter (“e-scooter”) she was riding and a truck in London, England. This high profile incident helps bring to light the legal phenomenon being created by the e-scooter rental industry...

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June 14, 2019 BLOG POSTLights. Camera. Not an Action? Amendment to Section 558.004, Florida Statutes

On July 1, 2019, Chapter 558, Florida Statutes, will be amended to add section 558.004(1)(d), which states:  “A notice of claim served pursuant to this chapter shall not toll any statute of repose period under chapter 95.” In adding 558.004(1)(d), it appears that the Florida Legislature is attempting to correct last year’s ruling from the Fourth District Court of Appeals in Gindel v. Centex.

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Events

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

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News

October 07, 2019 NEWSBUTLER PROUD TO SPONSOR 2019 SLA FCCI Joe Keene Classic Golf Event

Butler is proud to be a sponsor for the FCCI Insurance Group 2019 Joe Keene Classic Golf Event on October 7, 2019 in Sarasota, Florida.

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September 09, 2019 NEWSHCBA Diversity & Inclusion Networking Social

The HCBA Diversity Committee's annual networking event showcases what the Tampa Bay area has to offer by connecting law students with attorneys, judges and members of local legal organizations in a casual, friendly and low-pressure environment.

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June 17, 2019 NEWSPartner William Linero Accepted into IADC

Join us in congratulating Partner William Linero for being accepted into the International Association of Defense Counsel.

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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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