Mr. Lewis concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation and has an established track-record of significant recoveries. Unlike most commercial litigators, he is an experienced trial attorney, having won verdicts, in both jury and bench trials, in a number of venues throughout Florida.
Mr. Lewis litigates commercial cases on a contingency-fee basis , which allows his business clients to level the playing field against larger, wealthier, or insured opponents. He is driven by the philosophy that justice requires cases to be decided on the merits - not by the size of a corporation’s or insurance company’s legal budget.
On multiple occasions, Mr. Lewis has been named a Florida Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” which recognizes the top 2.5% of the state’s lawyers under the age of 40. He has also been honored by Florida Trend Magazine as a Florida Legal Elite “Up and Comer” - an award given by lawyers to less than 2% of fellow Florida Bar members.
In 2017, Mr. Lewis was appointed to a three-year term on the Florida Bar’s Committee on Professionalism. He is currently the chair of the Palm Beach County Bar’s Business Litigation Committee and he also sits on the Board of Directors of the University of Florida Law Alumni Council.
Prior to joining the Business Trial Group, Mr. Lewis practiced law at a national firm litigating large-scale antitrust cases. He also interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office, where he led the prosecution of multiple successful jury trials.
Mr. Lewis graduated with honors from Colgate University and the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and he was a board member of the Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy.
•Won a $784,000 jury verdict for a small business owner that was underpaid sales commissions by a national distributor.
•Obtained settlement equal to 100% of the alleged damages for sellers of business after purchaser breached the sale agreement.
•Represented officer of multi-billion dollar publicly traded REIT for alleged breaches of an employment contract and recovered more than 125% of alleged unpaid compensation.
•Obtained confidential settlement for former CFO of a multi-national athletic corporation for claims of unpaid severance.
•Won $137,000 jury verdict, plus attorneys’ fees and costs, for a sales representative owed unpaid commissions.
•Obtained confidential settlement of claims for misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of a non-disclosure agreement against multi-national public corporation.
•Obtained confidential settlement for manufacturing consultant who claimed his trade secrets were misappropriated by an international corporation.
Investment and Securities Litigation:
•Obtained confidential settlement for an elderly client against a securities brokerage and advisor that allegedly made misleading statements and sold unsuitable investments.
•Obtained a confidential settlement from a major brokerage for an investor who purchased bonds based on a financial advisor’s alleged misrepresentations.
•Obtained a confidential settlement for a financial advisor in a dispute over a commission from a large life insurance contract.
•Represented a broker/investment advisor on claims of breach of a Shareholder Agreement and reached a confidential settlement.
•Obtained a confidential settlement for client that alleged attorneys improperly settled a FINRA securities arbitration.
•Obtained confidential settlements from an attorney and an accountant who allegedly negligently performed trustee duties.
•Won a $771,000 jury verdict for breach of an oral contract and fraud related to a real estate investment.
•Won verdict after bench trial of behalf of condominium owner being sued under note and mortgage.
•Won jury verdict on behalf of partners in investment property whose share of the proceeds was withheld.
Shareholder and Partnership Disputes:
•Represented owner of a closely-held corporation in shareholder-derivative litigation and prevailed at summary judgment.
•Obtained confidential settlement of behalf of a partner of a closely held chemical corporation against manager who had allegedly been self-dealing and misappropriating company funds.
•Obtained a confidential settlement on behalf of partner in substance abuse clinic that was locked out of the business.
Publications & Related Articles
•Business Trial Group Wins $771k Verdict for Florida Family , April 24, 2018.
•Business Trial Group Wins Trial on Behalf of Estate , April 18, 2018.
•Seven Business Trial Group Attorneys Selected as Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars , June 21, 2017.
•William B. Lewis Appointed to Florida Bar Professionalism Committee , June 14, 2017.
•Business Trial Group Wins Verdict in Sales Commission Case , September 21, 2016.
•Business Trial Group Attorneys William Lewis, Damien Prosser, and Benjamin Webster Awarded Super Lawyers Distinction , June 23, 2016.
•How Commercial Real Estate Brokers Can Recover Unpaid Commissions , June 13, 2016.
•Law Firm Hourly Rates Hit $2,000: How Can Businesses Afford High-Quality Representation? , June 1, 2016.
•Business Trial Group Helps Small Business Owner Win Jury Verdict Against Safeguard America , May 17, 2016.
•The Plausibility Standard as a Double-edged Sword: The Application of Twombly and Iqbal to Affirmative Defenses , The Florida Bar Journal, June 2010, at 77.
$400,000.00 Verdict Anne C. Grey v. Sterne, Agee & Leach, Inc. FINRA Arbitration 2019
$544,500.00 Settlement John R. Erbey v. Sims Munson, CPA, et al. Professional Malpractice 2018
$771,000.00 Verdict de la Paz, et al. v. de la Paz Breach of Contract 2018
$86,344.58 Verdict Fusco et al. v. Smith et al. Breach of Contract 2017
$131,653.36 Verdict Siscon, Inc. v. C&P Trading and Sales, Inc. Business Litigation 2016
$784,898.00 Verdict Nate Dixon, SAS, GPN v. Security Systems, Inc. and David Roman Business Litigation 2016
•Florida Bar Association
•Committee on Professionalism
•Business Law Section
•Palm Beach County Bar Association
•Business Litigation Continuing Education Committee, Chair
•Judicial Relations Committee
•Circuit Court Civil Practice Committee
•Martin County Bar Association
•University of Florida Law Alumni Council
•Board of Directors
•Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA)
•Forum Club of the Palm Beaches