Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

William P. Schoel is a Partner in the Butler Tampa office. His practice area is Employment Law and his focus is on the defense of liability claims including auto, premises, product liability, employment, construction defect, and other liability claims. Some of his most common case types include issues surrounding the Americans with Disabilities Act, discrimination, civil rights, and professional malpractice. 

A seasoned employment law professional, Bill joined our firm in 2005. Before that, he was in Washington state where he was a shareholder with a Seattle law firm. For roughly 16 years he worked to defend government entities, insureds, self-insureds, and insurance carriers in matters relating to tort, contract, extra contract, and civil rights litigation. Bill earned his law degree, cum laude, from Seattle University in 1984.

Bill is recognized as an authority in matters relating to employment law and, as such, is often asked to speak on the subject, such as in his lecture Products Liability Litigation: Addressing Other Similar Incidents and Lack of Prior Accidents Evidence.


  • Florida
  • Washington


  • University of Washington
    Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science
  • Seattle University
    Doctor of Jurisprudence


  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • The Florida Bar
  • Washington State Bar Association


  • Florida Courts (Middle District)
  • Florida Courts (Southern District)
  • United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Washington Courts (Western District)

Blog Posts


Doctors often treat Medicare beneficiaries for accident related injuries (for which a “primary” auto or workers’ compensation carrier must reimburse Medicare) and unrelated maladies at the same visit. Billing for the visit cites multiple diagnosis codes, but a single charge for treatment of both an accident related back injury and unrelated hypertension, or gout for example.

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September 06, 2016 BLOG POSTEleventh Circuit Finds Mere Existence Of Insurance Contract Satisfies Condition Precedent To Action For Double Damages Under The Medicare Secondary Payer Act

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a private insurance company/PART C Medicare Advantage Organization (MAO) may sue a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance carrier for reimbursement of medical expenses under the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Act before the PIP carrier’s responsibility to pay has been established through a judgment or settlement agreement.

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October 22, 2015 BLOG POSTFlorida's 4th DCA Enforces Limit on Expert Discovery

Inconsistencies between the defense expert’s interrogatory answers and his deposition testimony regarding the percentage of income the doctor derived from working as an expert witness, and the number of times he testified for plaintiffs versus defendants.

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June 24, 2009 EVENTPremises Liability

Rimkus Consulting Group Continuing Education Seminar

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June 12, 2009 EVENTLegal Safeguards For The Local Church

Church of God Florida State Offices Ministers' Breakfast

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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial General Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Liability Litigation
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Coverage - Bodily Injury
  • Coverage - Homeowner's
  • Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Law - FMLA
  • Employment Law - Gender
  • Employment Law - Race
  • False Arrest
  • General Casualty Litigation
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Malpractice - Architecture
  • Manufacturer Liability
  • Manufacturer Liability - Medical Devices
  • Municipal Liability
  • Negligent Hiring
  • Negligent Supervision
  • Non Compete Agreements
  • Personal Injury Protection
  • Police Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Products Liability - Consumer Products (All Types)
  • Professional Malpractice - Municipal Liability
  • Standard Liability
  • Third Party Liability
  • Wrongful Discharge