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

AV Rated by Martindale Hubbel

Florida Legal Elite


Florida (2013)
Georgia (2009)

Will has spent his entire career representing businesses and individuals in high stakes business disputes.  He has significant experience in, among other matters, restrictive covenants agreements, employment law, executive compensation, business divorces, shareholder actions, and class/collective actions. For seven consecutive years, he has been listed in Florida Super Lawyers.

Will is a graduate of FSU College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2008), where he was selected for the Order of the Coif, graduating in the top five percent of his law class. He also received a master’s degree in international economics from FSU (M.A., cum laude, 2005). After law school, Will served as a law clerk for the Honorable Hugh Lawson, United States District Court Judge for the Middle District of Georgia.

More examples of the type of work that Will regularly handles include:

  • Non-Competes and Employee Mobility:  Will regularly handles disputes involving non-compete, non-solicit, and non-disclosures, as well as trade secret disputes. Will also handles unfair competition disputes that don’t involve contracts, such as claims involving breach of fiduciary duty, the Lanham Act, and deceptive practices. Will routinely prepares sale of business and employment agreements that contain restrictive covenants.
  • Employment Law and Related Disputes.  Will litigates nearly every employment law and employee benefits issue imaginable, including ADA, FMLA, wage/hours, FLSA misclassification, discrimination, ERISA, and executive compensation.
  • Business Divorces and Shareholder Actions. Will is often hired by business owners to advise on partnership splits and, where necessary, litigate ownership disputes. Will also represents shareholders in direct and indirect actions, as well as groups in class and collective actions involving employment and consumer laws.


  • 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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