William Partridge heads our Sarasota office, serving the Gulf Coast of Florida. Prior to the formation of Grossman Roth and Partridge in 1998, he completed over two decades of distinguished trial achievements as a malpractice and personal injury defense attorney and is nationally recognized as a superior trial attorney.
His specialty areas of practice include medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death, trucking litigation as well as sexual abuse cases and contract litigation.
Mr. Partridge has had significant cases in the area of medical malpractice and personal injury over his forty plus years in practice. One of his first trucking litigation cases was a catastrophic injury case on a local state road which was extensively used for interstate trucking; the case was Carmen vs. Indian River Transport Co.; (2001) After a thorough investigation, filing suit and taking four corporate depositions, a global settlement was reached for the death of three individuals and neurological injuries to 2 others. He was able to reach a global settlement on all victims of this accident in less than 1 year following the accident date. Because of his satisfactory results, he has been able to proceed with other trucking cases, and he finds these cases extremely interesting. You will often find Bill photographing the scene initially and meeting with the accident reconstruction experts. You can often find him under the vehicle with the expert to see what went happened. He will also attend at the autopsies with the medical examiner. If it happened, he needs to know why and how so that he can effectively convey this to a jury.
Sexual abuse cases at the hands of health care providers and clergy/ministers are especially arduous. In a pivotal case, Jane Doe vs. Martin Moore, Youth for Christ et al.; (2009) Bill fought to change the protocol for Youth for Christ International in dealing with sexual abuse victims. He has continued to handle additional sexual abuse cases in the past two years, all resulting in settlements prior to trial. Bill considers these types of cases egregious because of the control these individuals have over the victims.
His sense of competition and desire to achieve have brought him unprecedented success and a statewide reputation in the courtroom, instilling in him a strong dedication to his cause. He brings that same dedication to the representation of all clients, in pursuing legal resolution on their behalf.
- The Florida Bar, admitted 1974; Board Certified, Civil Trial Law 1983; Member of the Trial Lawyers Section, Executive Counsel and Legislative Liaison
- American College of Trial Lawyers – Fellow
- Middle District of Florida – Admission
- Sarasota County Bar Association, Past Secretary; Grievance Committee Member; and Executive Committee Member in and for the 12th Judicial Circuit
- American Inn of Courts, Master
- Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA)
- American Association for Justice
- Florida Justice Association (FJA)
- National Board of Trial Advocacy
- National Trial Lawyers Association
- Sarasota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Past-President
- Former Fire Commissioner Whitfield/Ballentine Fire District (2001-2007)
- Past President of Manatee-Sarasota Association for Retarded Citizens (2000-2004)
- Advisor to the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe (2010- to present)
Awards and Honors
- John M. Sheb, American Inn of Court Professionalism Award for Integrity in the Practice of Law 2014
- Florida Super Lawyers, Personal Injury Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability
- Best Lawyers in American, Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiff
- National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers and Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine
- New Business Magazine, Best Civil Trial Lawyer
- Gulf Coast Business Review, Top Ten Lawyers in Sarasota & Manatee County
- Tampa Bay Metro, Bay Area Best Lawyers
- Leading Florida Attorneys—Publication Recognition
- Fellow—American College of Trial Lawyers
- Florida Bar Certificate of Recognition for 25 continuous years of Board Certification in Civil Trial Law
- AV Preeminent Rates by Martindale Hubbell, 1981 to present
- University of Alabama (B.A., 1971)
- University of Alabama (J.D., 1974)