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Experience 

Will is a shareholder in Johnson Pope’s Tampa office and focuses his practice in the construction industry. Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar, he routinely represents public and private owners, engineering firms, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers in disputes involving infrastructure improvements (roads, pipelines, utilities, marinas, bridges, landfills, excavations, mines, etc.), litigation of delay claims, extra work claims, breach of contract actions, claims preparation, bid protests and related procurement disputes, contract negotiation and drafting, and claims avoidance. Will handles litigation in federal and state courts throughout Florida and has significant experience handling alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration, dispute review boards, and third-party neutrals.  

As part of his focus in the construction industry, Will also regularly handles OSHA matters for construction and manufacturing clients, including advising on safety plans, disciplinary programs, and hazard communication, inspections, record requests, abatement, contesting citations, and litigation with the Secretary of Labor.

Will also has broad commercial litigation experience involving complex business disputes, including a wide range of contract disputes, tortious interference, trade secrets, non-compete agreements, shareholder and partner disputes and disputes within the banking, finance and insurance industries.

Education 

  • Florida State University, B.S. (2006)
  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D. (2010)
    • Journal of Intellectual Property Law
      • Notes Editor, 2009-2010
      • Editorial Board Member, 2008-2009
    • Mock Trial Team
      • England Mock Trial Competition, Coordinator, 2009-2010
      • William N. Daniel Competition & National Trial Competition, Competitor, 2008-2010
    • Research Assistant
      • Professor Erica J. Hashimoto, Summer 2009
    • Student Bar Association & Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Member

Admissions

  • Florida
  • Georgia

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
    • Board Certified in Construction Law
    • State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice
    • Business Law Section 
    • Trial Lawyers
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • American Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • J. Clifford Cheatwood Inn of Court 

Awards & Recognitions

  • Florida Super Lawyers2021
    • Rising Star, 2017 – 2020

Civic

  • Leadership Tampa, Class of 2021
  • Tampa Connection, Class of 2015

Articles & Publications

  • Co-Author, “The Lamz Effect, Identifying UM/UIM Carrier at Trial,” 27 No. 4 Trial Advocate Quarterly, Fall 2008, 33-39

Presentations & Seminars

  • “Construction Industry Update,” GrayRobinson Seminar, September 14, 2021
  • “Project Documents,” The Florida Bar’s 14th Annual Construction Law Institute, March 6-7, 2020 
  • “The Good, the Bad & the Ugly – Legislative & Regulatory Update,” National Utilities Contractors Association (NUCA) Florida Annual Conference, July 18-20, 2019

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