William Cantrell


William Cantrell



FSU College of Law, J.D.,
magna cum laude, 2008

FSU Graduate School, M.A.(International Economics), cum laude, 2005

Mercer University, B.A., 2004


Florida Super Lawyers “Rising Star”
2015 – 2019


Florida (2013)
Georgia (2009)

Will Cantrell is an attorney who has spent his entire career representing businesses and individuals in matters relating to unfair competition, deceptive business practices, employment law and related business disputes. From jury trials and arbitrations, to dispositive motions and bench trials, he has an extraordinary track record. For five years in a row, he has been listed by Florida Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star.”

Will completed his undergraduate studies at Mercer University. He received a master’s degree, cum laude, in international economics from Florida State University. He received his law degree, magna cum laude, from Florida State University College of Law, where he was selected for the Order of the Coif, graduating in the top five percent of his law class. After law school, Will served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Hugh Lawson, United States District Court Judge for the Middle District of Georgia.

Will is actively involved in a number of professional and community organizations. He is the former co-chair of the Employment Law Section of the Clearwater Bar Association. He is also an active member of the Competition Torts Committee and Advertising Disputes and Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law.


  • Contributing Author – The Fair Labor Standards Act, 2nd Edition (2014 cumulative supplement)
  • Contributing Author – Employee Benefits Law, 3rd Edition (2014 cumulative supplement)
  • Florida West Coast Employee Benefits Council, Board Member, Former President
  • Labor & Employment Section of the Clearwater Bar Association, Former Chair


  • “Advanced Tips on Drafting, Enforcing, and Defeating Restrictive Covenants” – Hillsborough County Bar Assocation, Section of Corporate Counsel – Tampa – May 17, 2017
  • “Restrictive Covenants: Basically Everything You Need to Know” – Central Florida Health Underwriters – Orlando – December 20, 2016
  • “The DOL’s Final Revisions to Overtime Regulations” – Nature Coast SHRM – New Port Richey – October 13, 2016
  • “QDRO Drafting Bootcamp: Preparing QDROs for 401(k)s and Similar Defined Contribution Plans” – Strafford Publications Webinar – May 18, 2016
  • “Best Hiring Practices” – South Florida Air Conditioning Contractors Association – Miami – April 06, 2016
  • “You’re Not the Boss of Me: Regulating Employee Personal Conduct” – Tampa – October 15, 2015
  • “Pay Me Now or Pay Me (More) Later – Avoiding Wage and Hour Lawsuits” – RACCA – Tampa – March 12, 2015
  • “Health Care Reform: Complying with the Next Wave of Requirements and Learning to Pay or Play” – Lakeland Polk County Association of Health Underwriters – Lakeland – September 23, 2014
  • “Bulletproofing Your Pre-Employment Process: An Overview of Criminal Background Checks, Credit Checks, and Drug Testing” – Tampa – September 04, 2014
  • “Employee Benefits: ERISA Litigation Avoidance Made Easy” – Tampa – May 13, 2014
  • “Wage, Hour, and Benefits Issues for Employers” – National Business Institute – August 21, 2013
  • “Health Care Reform” – Lake Sumter SHRM – Leesburg – March 23, 2012


  • “Misclassification Initiatives Spread as Florida Signs Formal Pact with DOL” – January 2015 – online Legal Blog
  • “Top Three Improperly Drafted QDRO Provisions for 401(k) Plans” – Spring 2014 – Florida Bar, Family Law Section – Commentator
  • “DOL Issues Guidance on ACA Exchange Notices and COBRA Election Notices” – October 2013 – Suncoast HR Newsletter
  • “Cleaning Up the Mess: United Haulers, the Dormant Commerce Clause, and Transition Costs Economics” – 2009 – Columbia Journal of Environmental Law
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