William Williams

Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath
515 N Flagler Dr Fl 10Th
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

William S. Williams specializes in the practice areas of wrongful death and personal injury from Automobile, Motorcycle, Pedestrian and Commercial Trucking collisions, as well as Product Liability, Maritime, Aviation, Premises Liability, Chemical Exposure, General Negligence, Legal Malpractice and Toxic Tort cases throughout Florida and the United States. He has practiced exclusively in this area during his career. William is a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, which is the highest level of recognition for attorney competency and experience. He has one of the largest personal injury settlements in the history of Florida. William obtained his first $1 million case before he was thirty years old. He has represented individuals from the State of Florida, the United States, and around the world, who have been catastrophically injured or have lost a family member in a tragedy.    Since 2010, he has obtained verdicts and settlements in excess of One hundred and eighty million dollars. Mr. Williams obtained the largest wrongful death verdict in Alachua County, Florida, at the time, and had the largest verdict in the history of Sumter County, Florida. In 2015 he obtained a 16 million dollar verdict in a class action suit involving inverse condemnation; a state record, as well as prior multimillion dollar verdicts in civil class action cases totaling over $30 million dollars in 2014 and an 18 million dollar verdict in 2011, all State records.    William S. Williams is from one of the oldest families in the United States of America and, more particularly, one of America's founding families who arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1637. Members of his New England family were involved in the settlement and protection of the western part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the French and Indian Wars and are some of the most prominent military and religious leaders in Colonial America. Rev. Elisha Williams was the fourth President of Yale University. Colonel Ephraim Williams was the founder of Williams College. William Williams was a Signer of the Declaration of Independence.    William is also the grandson of Norwegian industrialist Karl Ragnar Fagerberg, who helped develop Norway's power and water energy systems. Along with his grandfather, William's mother was active in the Norwegian resistance during German occupation of Norway. William wrote the book "Terror Before Dawn, A Child at War", based upon his mother's experiences as a child in Nazi occupied Norway    William is also a fourth generation Floridian and Palm Beach County native. His great-grandfather, Henry J. Sterling, was one of the earliest pioneers of southern Palm Beach County after buying land from Henry M. Flagler, and was a founder of the area in the late 1800s that became Delray Beach. When Palm Beach County was established, Sterling offered land if the county seat was to be located in Delray Beach. The Sterling and Williams family were honored by the Historical Society of Palm Beach County for their many contributions to Palm Beach County which included the founding of Delray Beach, donation of a city block for a children's playground and the founding of the Bethesda Memorial Hospital along with their other contributions.    Family History  The Trustenegee - The Sterlings The Story of Henry and Ethel Sterling The Ethel Sterling Williams History Learning Center Pioneer women's legacies live on in city institutions  


  Feds Probe Florida Handling of Pesticide Case  Partner, Bill Williams Represents Client That Was Sucked Into An Underwater Power Plant Pipe While Diving  Fumigation companies blamed for poisoning 10-year-old boy withdraw defense that draws outrage  The Law Office of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey and Fronrath included in 2016 South Florida Legal Guide  Local School Bus Tragedy Inspires National Change  How Local School Bus Tragedy Contributed To Federal Decision Endorsing Seatbelts On School Buses  William S. Williams fights for Florida's Homeowner in longest running case in state history:  Delray Beach: Historical Society holds keys to city's past, dreams for its future  Jury awards $20.7M in Orange County citrus canker class action  Citrus Tree Owners Awarded $19.2 Million in Canker Trial  Family of sick boy sues pest control companies  


  J.D., Stetson University College of Law  B.A., University of Florida  Interdisciplinary Degree in Florida Studies, University of Florida  

Areas of Practice

  Automobile and Trucking Collisions  Wrongful Death  Pesticide Poisoning Cases  Round Up Weed Killer Cases  Herbicide Exposure  Toxic Tort Litigation  Chemical Exposure/Carbon Monoxide  Aviation Accidents  Premises Liability  Sexual Harassment  Motorcycle Accidents  Pedestrian Accidents  Uber Cases  Maritime Accidents & Boating Collisions  Diving Accidents  Legal Malpractice  Liquor Liability/Dram Shop  Negligent Security  Products Liability  Negligent Computer Programming  General Negligence  Qui Tam  Whistleblower  Class Actions  Crop Damage and Agriculture Cases  Electrocution Cases  Eminent Domain  Commercial Litigation  Inverse Condemnation  All Tort Cases  

Certifications Specialties

  Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education  

Bar Admissions

  Florida  U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida  U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida  

Classes/ Seminars Taught

  Lecturer, "Advanced Trial Skills and Medical Jurisprudence", Stetson University College of Law  Lecturer, "How to Combat Defendant's Attack on Damages," ATLA Seminar, Dallas, TX.  

Awards and Honors

  Florida Super Lawyers- Plaintiff Personal Injury, Product Liability and Plaintiff Professional liability- 2008-2019  South Florida Legal Guide - Top Lawyer Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and Product Liability - 2012-2017  Florida Super Lawyers - Top 5% of Attorneys in Florida - 2012-2017  Florida Trend Magazine - Legal Elite  Boca Raton Magazine Best Lawyer (2016)  Florida Justice Association - First Place - Statewide Mock Trial Competition  Martindale Hubbell - AV Rating  Martindale Hubbell - Preeminent Lawyer AV rating (2015)  University of Florida - Presidential Recognition Award for Leadership  Historical Society of Palm Beach County - Fannie James Award  

Professional Associations and Leadership Activites

  Member, Society of Colonial Wars  Member: Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts (By right of Descent)  Author: Terror Before Dawn, A Child at War  Federalist Society, Member  Board of Overseers, Stetson University College of Law  Member: Scandinavian-American Foundation  Chairman: Grievance Committee 15(a): The Florida Bar  Member: Florida Justice Association  Member: Florida Lawyers Action Group  Former Program Chair - Jury Selection Seminar and Automobile Negligence  Seminar (2004): Florida Justice Association  Former Lecturer: American Association for Justice  Former Vice-Chairman - Grievance Committee and Civil Trial Certification Committee: The Florida Bar  Former: Omicron Delta Kappa National Scholastic and Leadership Honorary  Former: Order of Omega National Greek Leadership Honorary  Former Board of Directors and Young Lawyers Section Member: Palm Beach County Bar Association  Former Mock Trial Board: Stetson University College of Law  

Community Associations and Leadership Activites

  Trustee: Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches  Board of Directors: Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park, West Palm Beach  Board of Directors: Executive Committee Member, Boy Scouts of America Gulfstream Council  Charter Member and Board of Directors: Delray Beach Historical Society  Trustee by Gubernatorial Appointment: Historic Preservation Board of Palm Beach County  Member and Board of Benefactors: Historical Society of Palm Beach County  Board of Directors: Internet News Agency  Board of Advisors, Florida Mezzanine Fund, Orlando