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I. William Spivey II

Bill Spivey has been a leading litigator in Central Florida for 30 years, concentrating his practice on complex commercial matters in state and federal courts. Bill has broad experience in jury and non-jury trials, arbitrations and administrative proceedings. Bill represents clients in a diverse spectrum of cases involving real estate ownership and development, corporate and partnership governance, trustee/fiduciary disputes, creditor's rights, business torts, contracts, and health care issues, among other subject matters.

Concentrations

  • Complex commercial litigation
  • Real estate ownership and development
  • Corporate and partnership governance
  • Trustee/fiduciary litigation
  • Creditor's rights
  • Business torts
  • Contracts
  • Health care disputes
  • Non-competition and trade secret enforcement

Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented victim of multimillion-dollar fraud scam in recovering substantial portion of the misappropriated funds, and in securing federal convictions of the offending parties.
  • Defended officers and directors and majority shareholders of closely held Florida company in acrimonious shareholder derivative action.
  • Successfully defended a $200+ million damages claim arising from an international derivative trading relationship.
  • Represented multiple financial institutions serving as Trustees in municipal bond financings and significant estate plans.
  • Represented multiple lenders in the takeover of distressed multimillion-dollar construction projects, obtaining the appointment of receivers, expedited completion of the foreclosure process, and obtained dismissal of lender liability and other defensive claims.
  • Handled appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and Florida's Fifth District Court of Appeals.
  • Handled numerous emergency injunction proceedings to enforce noncompete agreements and trade secret protection statutes.
  • Defended $65 million lender liability claim and the recovery of a $1.2 million verdict on behalf of a court-appointed receiver in a securities fraud action.
 

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Banking and Finance; Litigation - Real Estate, 2009-2020
    • Named, "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation - Real Estate, Orlando, 2015
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2009-2019
  • Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, Best Law Firms Edition, "Law Firm of the Year," Real Estate - Litigation, 2017
  • Listed, Florida Trend magazine, "Legal Elite," 2006, 2008, 2012, 2015-2017
    • Commercial Litigation, 2015-2017
 
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association
  • Member, The Florida Bar
    • Member, Litigation Section
    • Member, Real Property Section

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., with honors, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1987
  • B.S., Business Administration, magna cum laude, Florida State University, 1984
Admissions
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit