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G. William Bissett


Shareholder
First Party Practice Group Member




Miami Office
Direct Line: 305.982.6738
Mobile: 305.606.1936
wb@kubickidraper.com

Kubicki Draper

For over thirty five years, Bill Bissett has been an appellate lawyer and has handled in excess of 160 appeals before the Florida Supreme Court, all five districts courts of appeal and the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.  These cases have involved a broad range of civil litigation issues, as well as substantive issues of statewide importance.

Bill has additionally assisted clients in resolving coverage disputes, and he provides trial support from the beginning to the end of significant exposure cases.

For the past fifteen years, Bill has authored the Florida Law Section of the nationally published Tort Law Desk Reference:  A Fifty State Compendium (Aspen Publishers).

Areas of Practice:
- Appellate and Insurance Coverage
- Premises Liability
- Professional Liability
- Intentional Torts
- Business Torts
- Automobile
- Claims Administration and Bad Faith
- Construction Defects
- Medical Malpractice
- Products Liability
- First Party Property

Bar Admissions:
- 1980, State of Florida
- 1980, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
- 1980, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
- 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
- 1987, U.S. Supreme Court
- 1997, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

Certifications/Specialties:
- Civil Circuit Mediator, Florida
- Certified Continuing Education Instructor, State of Florida

Education:
- University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL (J.D., 1979)
- University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (B.A., cum laude, 1975)
   Honors: Honors Program; Florida Blue Key; Student Senate; Omicron Delta Kappa

Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Florida Bar (1980 - Present)
- Florida Defense Lawyers Association
- Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow
- Dade County Bar (1983 - 1986)
   Board of Directors
- Dade County Bar Association (1985 - 1986)
   Executive Committee
- Florida Bar Association (1994 - 1995)
   Appellate Rules Liaison Committee
- Florida Bar (1994 - 1995)
   Appellate Court Committee
- Florida Bar (1994 - 1995)
   Insurance Law Committee
- Southern District Digest (1983 - 1986)
   Board of Editors

Fraternities/Sororities:
- Phi Delta Theta

Published Works:
- Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty State Compendium (Aspen Publishers, 2000 through 2015 ed.) Florida Law Section
- Construction Hostage Crisis: What to Do When Your Client Agrees to Indemnification, DRI Today, July, 2013

Special Awards and Recognitions:
- Rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale Hubbell
- Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (2000)

Speaking Engagements/Presentations:
- "Corporate Representative Depositions, 2015 Appellate Decisions & Transferring Risk in Construction Defects
    Cases", FIGA, 2015
- "Appellate Overview & Early Case Resolution", FIGA, 2015
- "5-Hour Law and Ethics Update" Gallagher Bassett, 2014
- "Spreading the Misery" Indemnity Clauses in Construction", Mid-Continent, 2013
- "Construction Defects, Insurance Coverage Basics, The Slavin Rule and Motion to Dismiss an Amended Complaint",
             Nationwide Insurance, 2013
- "We're Cookin' Now - The Key Ingredients for a Proper Assessment, Strong Defense and Favorable
    Resolution of a Construction Defect Case, Kubicki Draper, Claims Management Conference, 2012
- "Florida Coverage" MC Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage Conference, 2012
- "Construction Defects & Proposals for Settlements", Travelers Insurance Seminar, 2012
- "Construction Defects", Builders Insurance Seminar, 2012
- "Construction: Chinese Drywall, Preclusion of Stigma Damages In Construction Defect Cases and a
   Sampling of Florida", Kubicki Draper, Claims Management Conference, 2010
- "Premises Liability: Slippin', Trippin', Sippin' and Gettin' Mugged and By the Way, Where Am I?",
   Kubicki Draper, Claims Management Conference, 2009
- "Coverage Issues & Appellate Hot Topics", Kubicki Draper, Claims Management Conference, 2009
- "Construction Defects Insurance Coverage Issues", Kubicki Draper, Claims Management Conference, 2008
- "Checking It Out Before Checking In: An Overview of Hotel / Motel Liability", Kubicki Draper, Claims
   Management Conference, 2007

Representative Cases:
- Florida Ins. Guar. Ass'n, Inc. v. De La Fuente, 158 So. 3d 675 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2015)
- Florida Ins. Guar. Ass'n., Inc. v. Hunnewell, 2015 WL 1088469 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2015)
- Florida Ins. Guar. Ass'n, Inc. v. Maya, 162 So. 3d 1118 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2015)
- Florida Ins. Guar. Ass'n, Inc. v. Monaghan, 2014 WL 1921745 (Fla. 5th DCA 2015)
- Florida Ins. Guar. Ass'n., Inc. v. Waters, 157 So. 3d 437 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2015)
- Atanda v. Advanced Const. Services, 145 So. 3d 844 (Fla. 3d DCA 2014)
- Florida Ins. Guar. Ass’n Inc. v. Branco, 148 So. 3d 488 (Fla. 5th DCA 2014)
- Florida Ins. Guar. Ass’n Inc. v. Santos, 158 So. 3d 437 (Fla. 5th DCA 2014)
- Hernandez v. Infinity Indem. Ins. Co., 2014 WL 4494752 (S.D. Florida 2014)
- Blanck v. Altamonte Springs, et. al., 530 Fed. Appx. 931 (U.S. 11th Cir. 2013)
- Garland v. TJX Cos., Inc., 114 So. 3d 298 (Fla. 3d DCA 2013)
- T.N. v. Angle & Schmid, Inc., 2013 WL 6801194 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2013)
- Bautista v. Southmost Drywall, 91 So. 3d 151 (Fla. 5th DCA 2012)
- Espinoza v. Eppinger, 96 So. 3d 990 (Fla. 3d DCA 2012)
- Florida Ins. Guar. Ass'n, Inc. v. Sturdivant, 86 So. 3d 1294 (Fla. 5th DCA 2012)
- Florida Ins. Guar. Ass'n, Inc. v. Sturdivant, 89 So. 3d 1128 (Fla. 5th DCA 2012)
- Gomez v. The TJX Companies, Inc., So. 3d 2012 WL 5349397 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012)
- Petty v. Florida Ins. Guar. Assoc., 80 So. 3d 313 (Fla. 2012)
- St. Martin Therapy Center Corp. v. Sanchez, 96 So. 3d 903 (Fla. 3d DCA 2012)
- National Auto Lenders, Inc. v. Syslocate Inc., 2011 WL 2683163 (11th Cir. 2011)
- Birmingham Fire Ins. Co. v. Rosado, 42 So. 3d 896 (Fla. 5th DCA 2010)
- Briggs v. Jupiter Hills Lighthouse Marina, 9 So. 3d 29 (Fla. 4th DCA 2009)
- Hennis v. City Tropics Bistro, 1 So. 3d 1152 (Fla. 5th DCA 2009)
- Peach State Roofing, Inc. v. 2224 South Trail Corp., 3 So.3d 442 (Fla. 2d DCA 2009)
- National Union Fire Insurance Company v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, 2008
   WL 544732 ( S.D. Fla. 2008)
- USAA Cas. Ins. Co. v. Wilson, 976 So. 2d 1114 (Fla. 2d DCA 2007)
- Baltodano v. CTL Distribution, Inc., 820 So.2d 421 (Fla. 3d DCA 2002)
- Scheman-Gonzalez v. Saber Mfg., 816 So.2d 1133 (Fla. 4th DCA 2002)
- CAC-Ramsay, Inc. v. Mull, 706 So.2d 928 (Fla. 3d DCA 1998)
- Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, Inc. v. de Kalafe, 723 So.2d 838 (Fla. 3d DCA 1998)
- Harris v. Florida Power & Light Co., 700 So.2d 1240 (Fla. 3d DCA 1997)
- Henriquez v. Temple, 668 So.2d 638 (Fla. 3d DCA 1996)
- Polygard, Inc. v. Jarmco, Inc., 684 So.2d 732 (Fla. 1996) [Amicus Brief]
- Sponco Mfg., Inc. v. Alcover, 679 So.2d 771 (Fla. 1996)
- Wong v. Crown Equipment Corp., 676 So.2d 981 (Fla. 3d DCA 1996)
- Woodson v. Martin, 685 So.2d 1240 (Fla. 1996) [Amicus Brief]
- Airport Rent-A-Car, Inc. v. Prevost Car, Inc., 660 So.2d 628 (Fla. 1995) [Amicus Brief]
- Benitez v. Standard Havens Products, Inc., 43 F.3d 1433 (11th Cir. 1995)
- Entertainment Marketing Concepts, Inc. v. Barrett, 657 So.2d 1287 (Fla. 3d DCA 1995)
- Sponco Mfg., Inc. v. Alcover, 656 So.2d 629 (Fla. 3d DCA 1995)
- Interamerican Car Rental, Inc. v. Gonzalez, 638 So.2d 89 (Fla. 3d DCA 1994)
- Standard Havens Products, Inc. v. Benitez, 648 So.2d 1192 (Fla. 1994)
- Surat v. Nu-Med Pembroke, Inc., 632 So.2d 1136 (Fla. 4th DCA 1994)
- Allied-Signal, Inc. v. Fox, 623 So.2d 1180 (Fla. 1993)
- Benitez v. Standard Havens Products, Inc., 7 F.3d 1561 (11th Cir. 1993)
- Black v. Sears, Roebuck and Co., 621 So.2d 712 (Fla. 4th DCA 1993)
- Casa Clara Condominium Assoc., Inc. v. Charley Toppino & Sons, Inc., 620 So.2d 1244
  (Fla 1993) [Amicus Brief]
- De Arce v. Perez, 623 So.2d 829 (Fla. 3d DCA 1993)
- Emerson Elec. Co. v. Garcia, 623 So.2d 523 (Fla. 3d DCA 1993)
- Fox v. Allied Signal, Inc., 7 F.3d 212 (11th Cir. 1993)
- Grant v. New Hampshire Ins. Co., 613 So.2d 466 (Fla. 1993)
- Grant v. New Hampshire Ins. Co., 988 F.2d 1216 (11th Cir. 1993)
- Mesa v. Interwoven Trading Corp., 622 So.2d 146 (Fla. 3d DCA 1993)
- Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. v. Acosta, 612 So.2d 1361 (Fla. 1992)
- Fox v. Allied-Signal, Inc., 966 F.2d 626 (11th Cir. 1992)
- Miranda v. Home Depot, Inc., 604 So.2d 1237 (Fla. 3d DCA 1992)
- Acosta v. Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., 592 So.2d 1102 (Fla. 3d DCA 1991)
- Florida Ins. Guar. Ass'n, Inc. v. Alatriste, 584 So.2d 644 (Fla. 3d DCA 1991)
- Hernandez v. Page, 580 So.2d 793 (Fla. 3d DCA 1991)
- Torres v. Uniset, Inc., 584 So.2d 1136 (Fla. 3d DCA 1991)
- Alvarez v. Puleo, 569 So.2d 447 (Fla. 3d DCA 1990)
- Continental Ins. Co. v. Herman, 576 So.2d 313 (Fla. 3d DCA 1990)
- Kleinschmidt v. Finley, Kumble, Wagner, Heine, Underberg, Manley, Myerson and Casey, P.A.,
  573 So.2d 913 (Fla. 3d DCA 1990)
- MMH Venture v. Masterpiece Products, Inc., 559 So.2d 314 (Fla. 3d DCA 1990)
- Tremblay v. South Florida Water Management Dist., 560 So.2d 1219 (Fla. 3d DCA 1990)
- Andrews v. City of Margate, 546 So.2d 106 (Fla. 4th DCA 1989)
- Bankers Ins. Co. v. Pannunzio, 538 So.2d 61 (Fla. 4th DCA 1989)
- Cantey v. HSI Management, Inc., 549 So.2d 204 (Fla. 3d DCA 1989)
- Golfview Club at Fountainbleau Park Condominium, No. 1, Inc. v. Parker, 549 So.2d 1130 (Fla. 3d DCA 1989)
- Jacomino v. Skil Corp., 549 So.2d 205 (Fla. 3d DCA 1989)
- Nateman v. Hartford Cas. Ins. Co., 544 So.2d 1026 (Fla. 3d DCA 1989)
- Nazzaro v. Wolfe, 541 So.2d 143 (Fla. 3d DCA 1989)
- Nichols v. Home Depot, Inc., 541 So.2d 639 (Fla. 3d DCA 1989)
- Varn Products Co., Inc. v. Hammermill Paper Co., Inc., 544 So.2d 343 (Fla. 3d DCA 1989)
- Derrer v. Georgia Elec. Co., 537 So.2d 593 (Fla. 3d DCA 1988)
- Donnelly v. City of North Miami Beach, 528 So.2d 34 (Fla. 3d DCA 1988)
- Koperwas v. Publix Supermarkets, Inc., 534 So.2d 872 (Fla. 3d DCA 1988)
Montano v. Florida Ins. Guar. Ass'n, 535 So.2d 658 (Fla. 3d DCA 1988)
- Mottlau v. Marzullo, 529 So.2d 780 (Fla. 3d DCA 1988)
- Tennis Enterprises, Inc. v. Easton, 528 So.2d 549 (Fla. 3d DCA 1988)
- Araujo-Sanchez v. Amoon, 513 So.2d 1307 (Fla. 3d DCA 1987)
- Bay Park Towers Condominium Ass'n, Inc. v. H.J. Ross & Associates, 503 So.2d 1333 (Fla. 3d DCA 1987)
- Cardaman v. Sportatorium, Inc., 505 So.2d 31 (Fla. 4th DCA 1987)
- Delgado v. Florida Ins. Guar. Ass'n, 517 So.2d 119 (Fla. 3d DCA 1987)
- Hartford Acc. & Indem. Co. v. U.S.C.P. Co., 515 So.2d 998 (Fla. 4th DCA 1987)
- Herise v. Tatum, Gomez, Smith and Vitale Const., Inc., 509 So.2d 988 (Fla. 3d DCA 1987)
- Love v. City of Pembroke Pines, 513 So.2d 1284 (Fla. 4th DCA 1987)
- Rothstein v. Honeywell, Inc., 519 So.2d 1020 (Fla. 3d DCA 1987)
- Scandinavian World Cruises (Bahamas), Ltd. v. Cronin, 509 So.2d 1277 (Fla. 3d DCA 1987)
- Skylake Realty Inc. v. Aetna Cas. & Sur. Co., 515 So.2d 353 (Fla. 3d DCA 1987)
- Bruce By and Through Wallace v. Village of Miami Shores, 496 So.2d 984 (Fla. 3d DCA 1986)
- Faroh v. Morales, 497 So.2d 669 (Fla. 3d DCA 1986)
- London v. Florida Ins. Guar. Ass'n, Inc., 486 So.2d 56 (Fla. 3d DCA 1986)
- Nova University, Inc. v. Wagner, 491 So.2d 1116 (Fla. 1986)
- Preddy, Kutner, et al v. Kleinschmidt, 498 So.2d 453 (Fla. 3d DCA 1986)
- Scherr v. Andrews, 497 So.2d 970 (Fla. 3d DCA 1986)
- Bennett M. Lifter, Inc. v. Varnado By and Through Varnado, 480 So.2d 1336 (Fla. 3d DCA 1985)
- Cedars of Lebanon Hosp. Corp. v. Silva, 476 So.2d 696 (Fla. 3d DCA 1985)
- City of Hialeah v. Weatherford, 466 So.2d 1127 (Fla. 3d DCA 1985)
- City of Miami v. Swift, 481 So.2d 26 (Fla. 3d DCA 1985)
- Donahue v. Albertson's Inc., 472 So.2d 482 (Fla. 4th DCA 1985)
- Levesque v. Voyager Cas. Ins. Co., 477 So.2d 667 (Fla. 4th DCA 1985)
- Loughan v. Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., 749 F.2d 1519 (11th Cir. 1985)
- Newkirk v. Florida Ins. Guar. Ass'n, Inc., 464 So.2d 1256 (Fla. 3d DCA 1985)
- Wagner v. Nova University, Inc., 473 So.2d 731 (Fla. 4th DCA 1985)
- Bromley v. Brown, 448 So.2d 1137 (Fla. 3d DCA 1984)
- Carlson v. Kent Ins. Co., 445 So.2d 677 (Fla. 4th DCA 1984)
- Chase Federal Sav. and Loan Ass'n v. Sober, 455 So.2d 1161 (Fla. 3 DCA 1984)
- Chinos Villas, Inc. v. Bermudez, 448 So.2d 1179 (Fla. 3d DCA 1984)
- Continental Video Corp. v. Honeywell, Inc., 456 So.2d 892 (Fla. 1984)
- Jimenez v. Gulf & Western Mfg. Co., 458 So.2d 58 (Fla. 3d DCA 1984)
- Pruett v. Browning, 444 So.2d 1121 (Fla. 3d DCA 1984)
- Szabo v. Ashland Oil Co., 448 So.2d 549 (Fla. 3d DCA 1984)
- Arline v. Wometco Enterprises, Inc., 429 So.2d 63 (Fla. 3d DCA 1983)
- B.F. Goodrich Co. v. Reeber, 426 So.2d 582 (Fla. 3d DCA 1983)
- Kass v. City of Miami Beach, 436 So.2d 1086 (Fla. 3d DCA 1983)
- Lampkin v. Cerullo, 434 So.2d 47 (Fla. 3d DCA 1983)
- MacMurdo v. Upjohn Co., 444 So.2d 449 (Fla. 4th DCA 1983)
- McKenley v. Parkway General Hosp., Inc., 442 So.2d 230 (Fla. 3d DCA 1983)
- Perez v. National Presto Industries, Inc., 431 So.2d 667 (Fla. 3d DCA 1983)
- Tracey v. Florida Ins. Guar. Ass'n, 427 So.2d 194 (Fla. 1983)
- Continental Video Corp. v. Honeywell, Inc., 422 So.2d 35 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982)
- Donner v. Edelstein, 423 So. 2d 367 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982)
- Estate of Mills v. Progressive American Insurance Company, 420 So.2d 310 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982)
- Firestone Steel Products Co. of Canada v. Snell, 423 So.2d 979 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982)
- Gettys v. Browning, 417 So.2d 1094 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982)
- Gutierrez v. Weinstein, 409 So.2d 1110 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982)
- Mantilla v. Hassanien, 419 So.2d 415 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982)
- Wimpey v. Sanchez, 410 So.2d 197 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982)
- Associated Medical Institution, Inc. v. Trube, 394 So.2d 563 (Fla. 3d DCA 1981)
- Burke v. Charles B. Esher, Inc., 397 So.2d 439 (Fla. 3d DCA 1981)
- Cardounel v. Shell Oil Co., 397 So.2d 328 (Fla. 3d DCA 1981)
- Cordani v. Roulis, 395 So.2d 1276 (Fla. 4th DCA 1981)
- Finley v. Fountainebleau Hotel Corp., 398 So.2d 490 (Fla. 3d DCA 1981)
- Fuller v. General Motors Corp., 394 So.2d 491 (Fla. 3d DCA 1981)
- Hill v. Allstate Ins. Co., 404 So.2d 156 (Fla. 3d DCA 1981)
- H. K. Corp. v. Miller's Estate, 405 So.2d 218 (Fla. 3d DCA 1981)
- Levin v. Rakofsky, 399 So.2d 544 (Fla. 3d DCA 1981)
- Mantilla v. Hassanien, 396 So.2d 1135 (Fla. 3d DCA 1981)
- Pedrajo v. Sloane, 405 So.2d 1058 (Fla. 3d DCA 1981)
- Sanetz v. Fla. Farm Bureau Cas. Ins. Co., 399 So.2d 542 (Fla. 3d DCA 1981)
- Ortiz v. Biscayne Medical Center, Inc., 385 So.2d 1146 (Fla. 3d DCA 1980)
- Redgate v. Nat. Soc. for the Prevention of Blindness, Inc., 389 So.2d 1074 (Fla. 4th DCA 1980)
- Webb v. Prestige Realty, Inc., 392 So.2d 34 (Fla. 3d DCA 1980)


G. William Bissett - Shareholder
wb@kubickidraper.com - 305.982.6738 - 305.606.1936 - Miami


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