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William Howard Davis

William Howard Davis

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Litigation, Lawsuits & Disputes, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, White Collar Crime

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1977

  1. Criminal Defense: 30%
    38 years, 500 cases
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 25%
    38 years, 400 cases
  3. Litigation: 25%
    38 years, 150 cases
  4. White Collar Crime: 10%
    38 years, 40 cases
  5. Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 10%
    26 years, 10 cases

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Contact Info

Dobson Davis & Smith
610 N Duval St
Tallahassee, Florida, 323011135



FLMember in Good Standing197708/12/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Thirty Years of Outstanding LeadershipTallahassee Bar Association2007
Av Preeminent (Hightest Rating)Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review1991
"High Honors"Florida State University College of Law1977

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
LawyerDobson, Davis & Smith2006 - Present
LawyerMesser, Caparello & Self2003 - 2005
LawyerWadsworth & Davis, PA1980 - 2003
LawyerThompson, Wadsworth, Messer, Turner & Rhodes1977 - 1980
Legal Writing InstructorFlorida State University College of Law1976 - 1977


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Florida BarBoard of Governors2010 - Present
Florida Bar, Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal ServicesMember2008 - Present
Florida Bar, Civil Procedure Rules CommitteeMember2008 - Present
Florida Bar Foundation Endowment, Board of TrusteesChair2007 - Present
American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section White Collar Crime CommitteeMember2007 - Present
Florida Bar FoundationPresident2005 - 2006
Florida Supreme Court, Commission on ProfessionalismMember2004 - 2006
Florida Bar, Grievance CommitteeChair1988 - 1989
Judicial Nominating CommissionMember1986 - 1990
Tallahassee Bar AssociationPresident1986 - 1987

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Vagner v. Wainwright, 398 So.2d 448 (Fla. 1981)Prevailed in the Florida Supreme Court
Vagner v. Wainwright, 398 So.2d 448 (Fla. 1981)Petitioner prevailed.
Bialek v. Lensen, 421 So.2d 654 (Fla. 1st DCA 1982)Affirmed Verdict for Plaintiff

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Publication NameTitleDate
Insurance Bad Faith LitigationDiscovery From The Plaintiff's Perspective1994


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor, with High Honors1977