William Petros Law handles complex civil litigation matters in Florida state and federal courts.
The firm concentrates its practice in the following areas of the law:

Commercial Litigation

The firm prosecutes and defends statutory and common law business claims in state and federal courts as well as before arbitration tribunals.  These cases usually involve large sums of money and typically include one or more of the following claims: breach of contract, fraud, fraud in the inducement, breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment, tortuous interference with business relationships and/or contracts, and trademark infringement.  The firm has been particularly successful at trial with these cases by utilizing state of the art trial presentation technology.  This technology is used in part to present time lines on a large screen, use excerpts of deposition testimony for impeachment of adverse witnesses and to further emphasize demonstrative exhibits. These visual aids assist the fact finder in understanding the evidence in order to reach a favorable decision.  

Examples of the firm's success in this regard came in the repeated defense of an international hotel corporation and prevailing in other significant litigation on behalf of various corporate and individual clients including:

  • Robobar – Notably defended at trial (obtained a defense verdict) a multimillion dollar breach of contract and related civil tort claims which involved hotels throughout Europe and North America brought by a manufacturer of in-room bars against an international hotel corporation.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 93-15059 CA 24)

  • M Group – Successfully defended a multimillion dollar claim (obtained a decision for the defense with an award of attorney's fees and costs) brought pursuant to St. Lucian law by an entity against an international hotel corporation involving a resort in the Caribbean.  (American Arb. Assoc. No. 50 T 168 00186 00)

  • Bone & Joint – Successfully represented three companies, including a large publicly traded entity, at jury trial and on appeal, in a multi-count action which involved several legal and equitable claims.  Claimant unsuccessfully sought millions of dollars in damages, including punitive damages, for the alleged denial of valuable tag along rights from the sale of proceeds of an asset purchase agreement.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 0607593 CA 25; Third Dist. Case No. 3D12-82 (Consolidated with 3D12-52)

  • Sky– Obtained dismissal with prejudice – following a mistrial in a civil fraud case seeking several million dollars – due to witness tampering in the courtroom during a sidebar conference on the third day of trial.  In the first reported incident of its type in the United States, Plaintiff’s chief executive and Plaintiff’s chief operating officer, while he was on the witness stand, were texting each other as to the witness’s testimony. The trial court ruled this was a fraud on the court.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No.  07‑32308 CA 06) (Third Dist. Case No. 3D09-2843)
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Insurance Coverage

The firm has been very successful with first party insurance claims.  The firm has repeatedly obtained coverage for losses on behalf of clients against insurers in a variety of contexts including property damage claims and claims for life insurance benefits.  These recoveries have come in the following contexts: vandalism causing extensive damage to a warehouse; hurricane damage to the roof structures of a multi-unit office park; structural damage to a condominium parking garage; and hurricane related damage to an oceanfront home.  Examples of these cases recently handled by the firm are as follows:

  • Industrial Affiliates – Favorably settled first party property insurance case involving damages to roofing structures throughout multi-building warehouse complex damaged by Hurricane Wilma.  (Resolved pre-suit)

  • Mutiny – Settled first party property insurance claim by obtaining coverage for significant structural damages to condominium parking garage.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 01-1059 CA 25)

  • Efthimou – Settled first party insurance case on behalf of warehouse owners pursuant to vandalism claim.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 00-04494 CA 23)

  • Markel - Favorably settled declaratory judgment action in federal court under marine insurance policy where insurer—in a case of first impression in the United States—wrongfully denied coverage for extensive property damages to a high performance motor vessel incurred in a tragic accident.  Obtained summary judgment establishing coverage under state law and the case was thereafter settled on appeal.  (S.D. Fla. Case No. 11-CV-22116-TEB; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Cir. Appeal No. 12-15119)
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Personal Injury/Wrongful Death

The firm has extensive experience litigating cases arising from accidents.  These cases include general negligence resulting from automobile accidents and plane crashes, negligent security, premises liability, maritime and admiralty, construction and products liability.  The firm's use of trial presentation technology has been critical to its success.  The technology is frequently used to enhance demonstrative exhibits such as x-rays and medical reports depicting injuries, to impeach witnesses using deposition testimony and to convey the extent of suffering using day-in-the-life videos.  The impact of this technology is enormous as it allows the fact finder to visualize and understand the extent of the subject injury or tragedy.  Though the firm most frequently prosecutes these cases, our lawyers are sometimes retained to defend parties in high stakes litigation which is likely to go to trial.  Having both successfully prosecuted and defended these cases for many years has been invaluable to the firm and its clients.  Representative cases successfully handled by the firm are as follows:

  • Federl – Received multimillion dollar judgment following bench trial in federal court in maritime action for wrongful death brought by adult children whose parents drown following a boating accident caused by the negligence of a boat chartering company. (S.D. Fla. Case No. 97-6834-CIV-FERGUSON)

  • Charafardin – Settled trucking accident case at mediation in which teenage boy suffered extensive facial and bodily scarring due to the negligent operation of a commercially driven eighteen wheeler.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 05-05349 CA 04)

  • Fulscher  Received notable settlement in wrongful death action brought by the mother of a young man killed in a violent collision with a flat bed tractor trailer owned by a large corporation which unlawfully blocked a major roadway to oncoming traffic while backing into a storage facility in Tampa, Florida.  (Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Case No. 00-09835- Div. A)

  • Lam – Obtained confidential settlement for the parents of the deceased in wrongful death, products liability action brought in St. Lucie County, Florida following a single sports utility vehicle rollover accident.  The accident occurred due to a defective rear tire.  (S.D. Fla.)
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Medical Malpractice

Since its inception, the firm has successfully handled medical malpractice cases.  This firm has favorably settled, or tried to verdict, cases involving the negligence of the following: obstetricians, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, pediatric geneticists, radiologists, plastic surgeons as well as countless other physicians, medical professional associations, clinics and hospitals.  The firm's use of trial presentation technology has also been critical to its great results in these cases.  The firm's ability to digitally enhance demonstrative exhibits such as x-rays and medical reports depicting injuries, to impeach witnesses using deposition testimony and to convey the extent of suffering using day-in-the-life videos has all been invaluable.  Using this technology allows the fact finder to visualize and understand the extent of the subject injury or tragedy.

Similarly, the firm has successfully handled nursing home negligence matters and cases against other care facilities for the elderly and developmentally disabled.  These claims almost always involve neglect in the care and treatment thereby resulting in decubitus ulcers, wandering from the facility, malnutrition, and/or violent attacks by other residents and/or staff at the given facility.  Our lawyers have become so familiar with the medical record keeping and policies and procedures at these facilities that fraudulent record keeping, as evidenced by substantive changes made in a resident's chart long after the subject injury or tragedy, is often detected.  Uncovering unlawful record changes and/or recognizing and promptly exposing a facility's forged documents has promptly led to the resolution of several cases.

  • Orlando – Obtained a multimillion dollar verdict (following two week jury trial) in medical negligence action brought on behalf of minor twins against several defendants, including a major local hospital and an obstetrician, where the medical providers failed to properly assess and treat post-operative complications following a cesarean section. This negligence resulted in the death of the twins' mother.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 02-32509 CA 21)

  • GonzalezNegotiated substantial settlement in a medical negligence case against a major South Florida hospital on behalf of a man who was left in a persistent vegetative state due to substandard care.  (State of FL Div. of Admin. Hearings Case No. 09-2729MA)

  • Noriega Received significant settlement in nursing home negligence action against two defendants on behalf of widow of decedent who suffered from very advanced stage decubitus ulcers which ultimately caused his death.  (Seventeenth Jud. Cir. Case No. 00-004103 CA 14)

  • Pantrigo – Secured favorable settlement in nursing home negligence action stemming from extended neglect which resulted in extensive bed sores, malnutrition, dehydration and associated medical problems which ultimately caused the death of an elderly man.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 97-13685 CA 06)
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Products Liability

The firm has significant experience litigating cases arising from defectively designed and/or manufactured products. These cases often involve motor vehicles, medical devices, construction equipment, electrical components and/or other consumer products. The firm's use of trial presentation technology has been contributed greatly to its success with these cases. The technology is frequently used to enhance demonstrative exhibits showing both the defective nature of the product and the resulting injuries, and to impeach witnesses using deposition testimony. Moreover, this technology is utilized to convey the extent of suffering using day-in-the-life videos. The impact of this technology is enormous as it allows the fact finder to visualize and understand the extent of the subject injury or tragedy. Representative cases successfully handled by the firm are as follows:

  • Miethe – Received significant verdict against the Hertz Corporation on behalf of woman severely injured in automobile accident where tire failed. (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 94-13609 CA 15)

  • Lam – Obtained confidential settlement for the parents of the deceased in wrongful death action brought in St. Lucie County, Florida following a single sports utility vehicle rollover accident. The accident occurred due to a defective rear tire. (S.D. Fla.)

  • Underwood – Secured large settlement on behalf of elderly woman who suffered a severely comminuted hip fracture in a fall caused by a defective walker. (Fifth Jud. Cir. Case No. 2010 CA 002404)


Appeals

The firm handles the majority of its own appeals.  Our lawyers have appeared before Florida's District Courts of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Florida and in the federal appellate courts, including the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  Our lawyers enjoy and take pride in their appellate writing and have achieved great results before the appellate courts.  Our lawyers bring the same confident courtroom presence which has been so successful before the lower courts, to its oral arguments before the various appellate panels.  Cases in which the firm has prevailed on appeal are the following:

  • A.G. Gladstone – Significant verdict affirmed in action arising out of breach of joint venture agreement entered into for purposes of multimillion dollar condo conversion of Miami Beach hotel.  (Third Dist. Case No. 3D 04-781)

  • Robobar – Defense verdict affirmed in multimillion dollar breach of contract and related civil tort action brought by a manufacturer of in-room bars against international hotel corporation.  (Third Dist. Case No. 3D03-1641)

  • Penabad – Summary Judgment affirmed in case of fraud arising from ownership and operation of the Betsy Ross Hotel on Miami Beach. (Third Dist. Case No. 3D08-1337, consolid. 3D08-1116)

  • Emp - Quashed trial court order, by certiorari, denying lis pendens bonds on South Florida properties collectively valued in excess of $50 million dollars. (Third Dist. Case No. 3D09-3183)

  • Bone & Joint – Secured final judgment on appeal in favor of three companies, including large publicly traded entity in a complex commercial case where claimant sought millions of dollars in damages, including punitive damages, for the alleged denial of valuable tag along rights from the sale of proceeds of an asset purchase agreement.  (Third Dist. Case No. 3D12-82 (Consolidated with 3D12-52))
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Commercial Litigation
Insurance Coverage
Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
Medical Malpractice
Products Liabilty
Appeals