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
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

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