David C. Willis

David Willis focuses his practice on construction and commercial litigation.  He represents a variety of owners, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers as well as design professionals in all aspects of the construction process from project design, contract negotiation, and construction administration through final close out.  David has tried and arbitrated a variety of construction disputes including design and construction defects, construction liens, and delay claims.  Outside of the courtroom, he has lectured on Florida Construction Lien Law and presented at seminars regarding architect/engineer liability.

As part of his practice, David also represents individuals and businesses in intellectual property disputes including those involving patents, copyrights and trademarks, computer software and hardware contracts and internet website disputes.  He has successfully represented clients in obtaining temporary and permanent injunctive relief as well as monetary damages.  

Based on his experience litigating contracts and related business disputes, David also counsels business clients on various contracts, real estate and non-compete agreements.  

In conjunction with his litigation practice, he also handles appellate matters having handled matters before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals as well as the Florida Supreme Court and Florida District Courts of Appeal.

David is Florida Bar Board Certified in Business Litigation, Construction Law and Real Estate Law. He served on The Florida Bar Construction Law Certification Committee from 2010-2016 and has held the vice chair and chair positions.  The committee is responsible for reviewing certification applications and preparing the certification examination.  David served on the Orlando Regional Advisory Committee for the Associated General Contractors of Greater Florida.  In addition, he serves on the Business Law Committee and has served on the Technology Subcommittee for the Orange County Bar Association.  David served as a member of the Edgewood City Council from 2002 to 2004 and 2005 to 2011.

  • Education

    University of Florida, College of Law - J.D., with honors, 1984
    • University of Florida Law Review, Research Editor
    • Legal research and writing, Instructor
    • Appellate Advocacy, Instructor
    University of Central Florida - B.S., Business Administration, 1981
  • Honors

    • Listed in Florida Super Lawyers 2009, 2011
  • Bar Admissions

    • Florida (1985)
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Courts of Florida (Northern, Middle, Southern)
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • Notable Cases

    • Bauerle v. Brush  >>
    • General Accident v. Borg-Warner Acceptance Corporation,  >>
    • Hartcourt Cos. v. Hogue,  >>
    • In re: Marx,  >>
    • Sentinel Communications Co. v. Watts,  >>
  • Professional & Civic Activities

    • The Florida Bar
      • Board of Legal Specialization & Education
      • Construction Law Certification Committee (2010-2016)
      • Vice Chair (2014-2015)
      • Chair (2015-2016)
      • Business Law Section
      • Business Litigation Certification Committee (2004-2010)
      • Vice-Chair (2009-2010)
      • Trial Lawyers Section
      • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
    • Orange County Bar Association
      • Business Law Committee
      • Technology Subcommittee
    • American Bar Association
      • Construction Industry Section
      • Litgation Section
      • Science & Technology Section
    • American Association for Justice
    • Associated General Contractors of Greater Florida , Orlando Regional Advisory Committee
  • Articles & Presentations

    • "Managing Your Risk - A Top Ten List of Ways to Avoid Spending Time With Lawyers," Presented to Associated Builders and Contractors Workforce, March 1, 2017, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    • Comparison of Consensus DOCS and 2007 AIA Agreements - Associated General Contractors of Greater Florida, Speaker, 2008
    • Florida Law for Engineers- American Society Civil Engineers, Speaker, 1998, 2003
    • Florida Law for Design Professionals-Lorman Education Services, Speaker, 1997, 1998, 1999
    • Notice to Owner – What Is It and What Do I Do With It? – Orlando Regional Healthcare System , Speaker
    • Legal Aspects of Dealing with the Year 2000 – Florida Hospital Association, Speaker
    • The “Moransais Decision” – A Discussion From the Engineer’s Perspective – American Society Civil Engineers , Speaker
    • Florida Construction Contract Law – Centex Homes, Speaker
    • Emerging Issues in Florida Indoor Air Quality and Toxic Mold Litigation – National Business Institute, Speaker
    • Navigating Your Way Through Business Court Seminar – Orange County Bar Association, Co-Chairman
  • Community Involvement

    • Edgewood City Council
  • Ratings and Certifications

    • Board Certified in Real Estate Law
    • AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Board Certified in Construction Law
    • Board Certified in Business Litigation
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