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William G. McCormick

William G. McCormick is the founder and Managing Shareholder of McCormick Law, with offices located in Fort Lauderdale and New York.  He concentrates his practice in the areas of complex commercial, corporate, construction, land use and real property litigation, as well as local government and administrative law.  With more than 25 years of litigation experience, he has been involved in a wide range of matters, including contract disputes, condominium-related litigation, construction defect and delay claims, commercial foreclosure, tort actions, administrative proceedings, partnership disputes and landlord-tenant matters, among many others.  

In addition, a significant portion of William’s practice is concentrated on representing national, regional and local billboard owners and operators in a broad range of litigation, contract, permitting, administrative and regulatory matters.  William is a member of both the Florida Outdoor Advertising Association and the Outdoor Advertising Association of America.  In more than 20 years representing clients in the outdoor advertising industry, William has gained significant experience with, knowledge of and insight into local, state and national laws regulating the outdoor advertising industry.  He has drafted or participated in the drafting of several municipal ordinances related to off-site advertising.

William is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the US News – Best Lawyers in America publication each year since 2016. 

William is admitted to practice in Florida, New York and the District of Columbia, as well as the United States Supreme Court, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United Stated District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. Additionally, William is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator.

Admissions

  • Florida
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations & Memberships

The Florida Bar

  • Civil Procedure Rules Committee (2001-2007)
  • Judicial Procedure Rules Committee (2006-2007)
  • Code & Ruled Evidence Committee (2000-2001)
  • Client’s Security Fund Committee (1999-2000)

Judicial Nominating Commission, Seventeenth Circuit

  • Chair 2017-18; 2020-21; 2023-24
  • Vice Chair, 2016-17, 2019-20, 2022-23
  • Member, 2012 – present

Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator

Professional Associations & Memberships

Broward County Bar Association

American Bar Association

Distict of Columbia Bar

Representative Experience

  • Obtained temporary injunction on behalf of national cable provider, enjoining attempted termination of bulk services contracts by three condominium associations both “for cause” and pursuant to unit-owner vote.
  • Successfully represented an international cargo shipping company in an administrative challenge to application by neighboring mega-yacht repair facility for issuance of dock permits.
  • Obtained a summary judgement and attorneys’ fees award for defendant in $2.5 million tortious interference action brought by attorney alleging that defendant had caused attorney’s discharge in contingency fee case where former client obtained a multimillion-dollar verdict.
  • Obtained variance for two shopping center owners in Hillsborough County, allowing owners to maintain existing on-site signage well in excess of signage presently permitted by code. Only two variances approved out of more than 150 applicants filed with the county.
  • Successfully negotiated an agreement with Palm Beach County municipality for the erection and maintenance of billboards on city-owned property by a major outdoor advertising company, which included drafting a new sign ordinance for adoption by the city commission.
  • Successfully represented one of the nation’s largest outdoor advertising companies in numerous code enforcement actions throughout the state.
  • Successfully represented American Kennel Club judge in defamation action, involving defamatory statements made through an internet chat forum.

Awards & Recognitions

  • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2023
  • Top Lawyers, Fort Lauderdale Illustrated, 2020

Civic

  • Leadership Broward, Class XXXI

Las Olas City Centre

401 East Las Olas Blvd. Suite 1400,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

New York Office

745 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500,
New York, NY 10151