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A trusted and valued advisor, William Linero Jr. knows that efficiency and reliability are crucial for his client’s success. A Partner in the Tampa office, William’s practice is concentrated on construction and casualty defense litigation, and he is the Firm’s Liability Practice Group Leader. William participates in litigation across the state of Florida and is experienced in defending high-exposure claims as lead counsel on behalf of individuals and companies, public and private.

His vast experience encompasses high exposure to construction defects, personal injury, and negligent security cases involving violent crimes. William’s remarkable ability to craft a clear roadmap for his clients shows in his results, as he has obtained many favorable results for his clients, including defense verdicts, summary judgments, and efficient settlements. His authentic approach not only saves his clients money but also provides a sense of security, knowing that they are his first priority.

William was the first in his family to graduate college. Growing up, William’s natural talent for problem-solving and debating skills had his friends and family declaring that he would undoubtedly become a lawyer. During law school, William dove into a clerkship with captive counsel for Zurich Insurance, which helped him to ‘hit the ground running’ in the insurance litigation practice. William has more than 20 years of law firm and insurance litigation experience, providing a wealth of valuable insight for those he represents.

William values his Hispanic heritage and helps to cultivate a dynamic culture that thrives on diversity. He is a past Deputy Regional President for Region VIII for the Hispanic National Bar Association and a member of the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association. He also serves on Butler’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and seeks to promote diversity and inclusion of underrepresented classes in the legal industry.


  • Florida


  • University of Tampa
    Bachelor of Science
  • Villanova University School of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence


  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA)
  • Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) (Deputy Regional President for Region VIII (Florida))
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Tampa Hispanic Bar Association (THBA)


  • United States District Court – Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court – Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court – Southern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts



Diaz v. South Florida Land Developers, Inc., 819 So.2d 775 (Fla. 3d DCA 2002) – A construction site accident case where the plaintiff suffered serious injury after falling out of a second story opening of the exterior wall. The plaintiff sued our client, claiming that the client was in control of the job site and was responsible for its operation, management, maintenance, repair and control and The plaintiff alleged that the client was responsible for the accident and breached applicable safety standards and codes by failing to notify or warn the plaintiff of the allegedly dangerous condition and failing to correct the allegedly dangerous condition. We obtained summary judgment in favor of the client based on Florida’s Worker’s Compensation Immunity Doctrine, § 440.11, Fla. Stat., which was affirmed on appeal.

Silver v. 601 71st Street, L.L.C., 876 So.2d 571 (Fla. 3d DCA 2004) – A personal injury case where the plaintiff, a 94 year old woman who used a walker to ambulate, fell outside of our client’s fast food restaurant. The plaintiff allegedly fell while traversing down a handicap access ramp located on the property. The plaintiff sued the client alleging that the client failed to maintain the ramp in a reasonably safe condition, and that the defective condition of the ramp caused her to fall and suffer serious injury, including a fractured hip. We obtained a defense verdict for the client at trial.


Harnessing the Power of Artificial Intelligence to Gain a Tactical Advantage

Join Partner William Linero and co-presenters Jason Lichter (Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP), Marc E. Williams (Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP), and Stephanie Hengel (Thomson Reuters) at the 2024 IADC Midyear Meeting on February 21, 2024 in Miami, FL. The panel will discuss current available AI tools, how insurance professionals can best utilize this technology, and how they ca...

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – A Beginner’s Guide to Allyship in Law, Construction and Insurance

Join Partner William Linero and co-presenters Roseann Coughlin (Golden State Claims Adjusters), Gwen Gatson-Long (North American Risk Services) and Mikala Glaza (Pete-Fowler Construction Services, Inc.) as they present for the CLM Focus on June 15-16, 2022.  ...

Dial v. Calusa Palms Master Association, Inc. – Florida Supreme Court Confirms Only Amounts Actually Paid By Medicare Are Admissible As Evidence Of Past Medical Expenses

On April 28, 2022, the Florida Supreme Court issued its decision in Dial v. Calusa Palms Master Association, Inc., which addressed the question:   DOES THE HOLDING IN JOERG V. STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE CO., 176 SO. 3D 1247 (FLA. 2015), PROHIBITING THE INTRODUCTION OF EVIDENCE OF MEDICARE BENEFITS IN A PERSONAL INJURY CASE FOR PURPOSES OF A JURY’S CONSIDERATION OF FUTURE MEDICAL ...

Selection, Use and Management of Expert Witnesses

Partner William Linero and co-presenter Dan Lazaro (Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney) are presenting a webinar for the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance on February 8, 2022. Click here to learn more....

Four Keys to Authentic Allyship in Law, Construction & Insurance

Join Partner William Linero and co-presenters Mariella Conti, Pam Palpallatoc, and Corey Person as they present for the Pete Fowler Construction Services, Inc. Diversity Webinar. This free webinar will take place on December 2, 2021. The program description is listed below: In an increasingly diverse world where people are more aware than ever that minority people need to be supported, it can be...

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A Survey of Right to Repair Laws in California, Colorado, Florida, South Carolina, and Texas

Join Partner William Linero and co-presenter Gregg Rich (Coombe Curry Rich & Jarvis) as they present for the 2021 CLM Webinar Series on November 9, 2021. The program description reads below: When faced with allegations of construction defects, do construction professionals have the “right to repair” the alleged defects to avoid or resolve litigation? Join us for a discussion that will pro...

Butler Proud to Sponsor 2019 Sla Fcci Joe Keene Classic Golf Event

Butler is proud to be a sponsor for the FCCI Insurance Group 2019 Joe Keene Classic Golf Event on October 7, 2019, in Sarasota, Florida. The Joe Keene Classic Golf Tournament is run in conjunction with other FCCI-sponsored events to raise money for the United Way nonprofit organization. ...

HCBA Diversity & Inclusion Networking Social

Butler is proud to sponsor the 2019 HCBA Diversity Committee's annual networking event. Partners William Linero, Jr., Thomas Keller and John Garaffa and Associates Abraham Shakfeh (as co-chair of the HCBA Diversity Committee), Liandra Izquierdo, Juliana Cortes and Suzanne DeCopain attended in support of connecting local law students with members of Tampa's legal organizations. The HCBA Diversi...

Phenomenon or Pandemic: Pondering the Potential Legal Implications of the E-scooter Craze

On July 12, 2019, YouTube celebrity Emily Hartridge died from injuries she sustained in a collision between an electric scooter (“e-scooter”) she was riding and a truck in London, England.[i] This high profile incident helps bring to light the legal phenomenon being created by the e-scooter rental industry. More and more, e-scooters are popping up in cities across the country, and around the ...

Partner William Linero Accepted Into IADC

Join us in congratulating Partner William Linero for being accepted into the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). This is a prestigious membership spanning approximately 2,500 invitation-only, peer-reviewed members from the civil justice system and the legal profession. The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) has been serving a distinguished membership of corpora...

Lights. Camera. Not an Action? Amendment to Section 558.004, Florida Statutes

On July 1, 2019, Chapter 558, Florida Statutes, will be amended to add section 558.004(1)(d), which states: “A notice of claim served pursuant to this chapter shall not toll any statute of repose period under chapter 95.”[1] In adding 558.004(1)(d), it appears that the Florida Legislature is attempting to correct last year’s ruling from the Fourth District Court of Appeals in Gindel v. Cen...

No Time For Recess: Defending Schools And Daycares In Negligence/Premises Liability Actions

William Linero and Cory Person presented to GuideOne's in-house attorneys on April 19, 2016.  William and Cory's  topic was "No Time for Recess: Defending Schools and Daycares in Negligence/Premises Liability Actions."...

Invitation to Serve as Hispanic National Bar Association (Hnba) Deputy Regional President for Region Viii

The firm is pleased to announce that William Linero was appointed to serve as the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Deputy Regional President for Region VIII (Florida). William is a Partner with Butler and his primary area of practice involves the defense of civil litigation on behalf of individuals and companies, both local and national, and public and private. He participates in litigation a...

Construction Law Updates: Teeth Taken Out Of HB 87 Regarding Updates To Procedure For Filing A Chapter 558 Notice Of Construction Defect Claim

Two bills were put before Florida’s House of Representatives this year that would have significantly affected litigation in Florida involving construction defects: House of Representatives Bill 87 (HB 87) relating to construction defect claims made under Chapter 558, Florida Statues, (which was passed on April 16, 2015); and House of Representatives Bill 501 (HB 501) relating to limitations of a...

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