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William J. Simonitsch

William Simonitsch provides companies with strategic advice to help them identify, assess, minimize, and prepare for legal enterprise risks that may interfere with business operations and objectives. Relying on his experience in a variety of legal fields, and past service as in-house counsel, William advises clients on all facets of litigation and legal risk management.

As a complex commercial litigator for more than eighteen years, William effectively and efficiently resolved disputes through negotiated settlements, mediations, arbitrations, and trials in an array of industries. He successfully represented clients in matters including: broken contracts, fraud, deceptive and unfair trade practices, corporate officer fiduciary duties, business break-ups, toxic torts, insurance coverage, machinery defect and related personal injuries, employer vicarious liability, lien and mortgage foreclosures, wage and hour violations, employment discrimination, and judgment collections. He has also litigated construction lien foreclosures, construction defect, mold, and delay claims for general contractors, subcontractors, and materialmen. William also has extensive experience representing banks, private equity investors, asset-based lenders, and other creditors in bankruptcy court and state court insolvency proceedings, including stay relief motions, use of cash collateral, asset sales, preference claims, and fraudulent transfer actions.

In addition to speaking nationally on substantive legal issues, William speaks across the country on corporate diversity and inclusion strategies. He is a past president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and has been featured in the Lawyers of Color "Power List," a comprehensive catalog of the nation’s most influential minority attorneys. In addition, Florida Trend Magazine has named Williama Legal Elite, and global in-house counsel nominated William as an Acritas Star.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, William was a licensed U.S. Customs broker and account executive for an international freight forwarder. As a lawyer, he has served as in-house counsel for Ryder Systems, Inc., a Fortune 500 transportation and logistics company, and worked for national commercial and construction litigation firms.

  • American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Bar Activities & Services (2016-present); Standing Committee on Membership (2015-2016)
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association – President (2013-2014); Restructuring, Bankruptcy, and Creditors’/Debtors’ Rights Subcommittee - Co-Chair (2010-2011)
  • National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws; Series of Unincorporated Business Entities Study Group (ABA Business Law Section Observer) (2012-2013)
  • DuPont Minority Counsel Network, Mentoring and Professional Development Committee- Co-Chair (2012-2013)
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity- Fellow (2012-2013); Fellows Alumni Executive Board (2016-present)
  • American Bar Association, Business Bankruptcy Committee, Partnership and Limited Liability Entities Sub-Committee – Vice Chair (2011-2012)
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida – Co-Founder and Past-President
  • Asian American Federation of Florida, Inc. – Former Director of Legal Affairs
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida – Former Board Member
  • Dade County Bar Association - Construction Law Committee
  • Speaker,” Diversity, Law School and the Legal Profession”, 4th Annual National Diversity Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair at Florida International University, October 14, 2017
  • Interview, “Steps South Florida Companies Can Take to Maximize Insurance Recoveries for Hurricane Losses,” PeteBiz radio, World Business Radio Network, May 10, 2017
  • Panelist, “Zika Virus Webinar”, K&L Gates HUB Webinar, Miami, Florida (2016) (discussing insurance coverage for Zika related business claims)
  • Panelist, “The Best Offense is a Good Defense: Litigation Considerations When Making Cross-Border Deals,” National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention (2016)
  • Panelist, “Ten Mistakes to Avoid in Board Governance,” Corporate Counsel Women of Color Career Strategies Conference, Atlanta, Georgia (2015)
  • Panelist, “Lobbying for Lawyers,” NAPABA Southeast Regional Conference, Orlando, Florida (2015)
  • Panelist, “Multicultural Leadership,” Florida Diversity & Leadership Conference, North Miami, Florida (2015)
  • Panelist, "A Governance Town Hall Discussion: Dealing with Difficult Situations,” Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2014)
  • Moderator/Panelist, “Defending Against Bankruptcy Preference Actions in the Aftermath of the Great Recession,” National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Northeast Regional Conference, Stamford, Connecticut (2011)
  • Panelist, “Issues Facing Specialty Bar Associations,” Florida Bar’s Voluntary Bar Leadership Conference, Sarasota, Florida (2011)
  • Panelist, “All About the Benjamins: Practical Tips and Trends in Bankruptcy Law,” National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Los Angeles, California (2010)
  • Panelist, “Political Ramifications of the Inter-Ethnic Divides within the Asian Pacific American Communities,” 11th Annual North American South Asian Law Student Association Conference, Miami, Florida (2010)
  • Speaker, “The Asian American Experience,” Department of Veterans Affairs, Miami, Florida (2009)
  • Moderator/Panelist, “Consumer Foreclosure Issues: Working with Lenders and Non-Governmental Entities, “National Alliance to Nurture the Aged and Youth (NANAY) Community Center, Miami, Florida (2008)
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • “Hurricane Season: Common Insurance Coverage Questions Restaurants Should Consider,” Modern Restaurant Management, September 22, 2017
  • “Florida Hurricane Season Is Here. A Manufacturer Can Maximize an Insurance Claim for Hurricane Losses by Taking these Six Steps,” South Florida Manufacturers Association, Monthly News, June 2017
  • “Green Revolution is Here—Try Not to Lose Your Head,” Law360, October 2014
  • “Attention Medical Marijuana Pioneers: Some of You Will Fail,” Daily Business Review, August 2014
  • “Supreme Court Affirms that the Educational Beneļ¬ts of Student Body Diversity is a Compelling State Interest,” Kaleidoscope, Summer 2013
  • Comment: Visual Body Cavity Searches Incident to Arrest: Validity Under the Fourth Amendment, 54 U. Miami L. Rev. 665 (April 2000)
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