David Willis Appointed Chair of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education for The Florida Bar
David Willis will chair the Board of Legal Specialization &...
Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Business Litigation, Construction Law and Real Estate Law, David Willis devotes his practice to construction, real estate and commercial matters. David is one of 15 Florida attorneys who are certified in three areas. His three areas of certification are complementary, providing him with a solid foundation to assist all of his clients, whether they are seeking counsel for corporate transactions, contract negotiations or litigation.
David represents businesses, their owners and executives, and serves as a valuable resource for his clients. He works with his clients to promptly resolve disputes avoiding litigation altogether. But, when litigation is unavoidable, he understands the complexities and nuances of litigation to help his clients prevail with less time and expense.
With more than 35 years of experience, David has successfully represented parties involved in construction projects including public or private owners, general contractors, trade contractors, material suppliers, and design professionals. Construction projects have included multi-million dollar commercial buildings, hospitals, schools, high rise condominiums, hotels, and airports. David is involved in all stages of the project from site acquisition, contract negotiation and drafting, contract administration to close out. He guides clients through disputes involving construction liens, Federal Miller Act bond claims and state law bond claims, defective work claims, delay damages, acceleration claims and extras. He also handles litigation that varies from the simple to the complex, multi-party, multi-million dollar construction defect, delay and acceleration claims.
A significant part of David’s practice also includes handling a wide variety of business transactions and business litigation. He represents clients in matters involving breach of contract, business entity/shareholder disputes, business torts, patents, trademarks, and copyright claims, real estate disputes and lien enforcement. David handles all aspects of litigation through trial, both jury and bench trials, as well as appeals. His extensive background litigating contracts and related business disputes provides him with additional insight when counseling clients on various contracts, real estate transactions and non-compete agreements.
David also assists clients in the purchase or sale of commercial real estate. He guides clients from negotiating contracts to working with surveyors, environmental experts and title companies, through to closing. He provides invaluable insight to his clients when handling real estate transactions. David is also a title insurance agent for Old Republic National Title Insurance Company and a member of Attorneys’ Title Fund Services.
David currently serves on the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization & Education as Chair. He previously 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 applications for Board Certification and preparing the certification examination. David also served on The Florida Bar Business Litigation Certification Committee from 2004-2010 including serving as vice chair. David served on the Orlando Regional Advisory Committee for the Associated General Contractors of Greater Florida. David served as a member of the Edgewood City Council from 2002 to 2004 and 2005 to 2011.
820 So. 2d 310 (Fla. 5th DCA 2001)
483 So. 2d 505 (Fla. 4th DCA 1986)
817 So. 2d 1067 (Fla. 5th DCA 2002)
138 B.R. 633 (M.D. Fla. 1992)
936 F. 2d 1189 (11th Cir. 1991)
University of Florida College of Law — J.D., with honors, 1984
University of Central Florida — B.S., Business Administration, 1981