WILLIAM L. PETROS was born in Washington, D.C. on October 15, 1958.  He is a graduate of the University of Florida (B.A. 1980), Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma; and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. cum laude 1983).  Mr. Petros has been a member of The Florida Bar since 1983, the District of Columbia Bar since 1985 and is admitted in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.  He is a member of the Dade County Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Florida Justice Association, and a founding member of The Florida Hellenic Bar Association.  Mr. Petros has devoted his entire career to civil trial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts. He has repeatedly been recognized by Super Lawyers in their annual list of Florida's top attorneys. Florida Trend Magazine has continually recognized Mr. Petros in its Legal Elite Edition as one of the top 1.6% lawyers in Florida.   

Mr. Petros began his training at the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office gaining extensive trial and appellate experience at one of the most highly respected local governmental attorney’s offices in the country.  Next, he entered private practice with the esteemed law firm of Anderson, Moss becoming a name partner in 1996.  In 1998, he left Anderson, Moss, Sherouse & Petros, P.A. to form the firm Petros & Elegant.  The firm became William Petros Law on March 1, 2017. Mr. Petros has since provided personalized, high-quality representation to select clients involved in complex litigation.   

Mr. Petros is widely regarded as one of the outstanding trial lawyers in Florida.  He has consistently prevailed in Florida’s state and federal courts on behalf of individual and corporate clients in a variety of cases.  In just the past few years, Mr. Petros has successfully tried numerous commercial cases.  For example, Mr. Petros notably defended an international hotel corporation against two multimillion dollar actions.  In the first case, Mr. Petros obtained a defense verdict at trial.  In the next action, he obtained a complete award for the defense (with attorney fees and costs) in arbitration. Similarly, Mr. Petros successfully defended through jury trial and appeal a publicly traded company in a multimillion dollar breach of contract and fiduciary duty action brought by party with which it contracted to jointly provide orthotripsy services throughout the state of Florida.

In addition, Mr. Petros has successfully tried multi-party, wrongful death cases.  Mr. Petros obtained multimillion dollar awards following both a trial in federal court on behalf of adult children whose parents died in a boating accident and after a two-week jury trial in state court on behalf of minor twins whose mother died during childbirth resulting from the negligence of the defendants.  Mr. Petros’s consistent success in the courtroom has directly resulted in very lucrative settlements for the firm’s clients in insurance, medical malpractice and other types of litigation.

Each year, Mr. Petros volunteers his time and performs community service.   He has supported a diverse group of organizations, often providing educational and mentoring opportunities for children in South Florida.  Mr. Petros has served as a coach in youth leagues and in other leadership positions. 

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Representative Cases

  • 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 in arbitration (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)

  • 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 involving the use and promotion of a medical device used to treat orthopedic injuries. (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 0607593 CA 25; Third Dist. Case No. 3D12-82 (Consolidated with 3D12-52)

  • 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)
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Background

EDUCATION
• B.A., University of Florida (B.A. 1980), Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma
• J.D., Georgetown University Law Center (cum laude 1983)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

• William Petros Law, P.A. - Coral Gables, FL (March 2017 - Present)
• Petros & Elegant, P.A. - Coral Gables, FL (2005 - Feb. 2017)
• William L. Petros, P.A. - Miami, FL (1998 - 2005)
• Anderson, Moss, Sherouse & Petros, P.A. - Miami, FL (1987 - 1998)
• Miami Dade County Attorney's Office - Miami, FL (1983 - 1987)

BAR ADMISSIONS
• The Florida Bar
• The District of Columbia Bar
• United States District Court, Southern & Middle Districts of Florida
• United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
• American Bar Association
• American Association for Justice
• Florida Justice Association
• Dade County Bar Association
• Florida Hellenic Bar Association (Founding Member)

HONORS AND AWARDS
• Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine (recognized among the top one percent of lawyers in Florida)
• Florida Super Lawyers

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Volunteer Coaching
• Volunteer head and assistant coach for youth programs including baseball, basketball, and softball on Key Biscayne

Dade County Hellenic Bar Association
 
• Founding Member

St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church
• Member of parish council

Community Advocate
• Advocate for community enhancement projects on Key Biscayne

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