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William R.  Wicks III

William R. Wicks III


William Wicks concentrates his practice on transportation law with an emphasis on Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation and admiralty matters. He has defended these claims from inception to resolution in all of Florida's district courts and on to the appellate level.

William represents stevedoring companies and other maritime entities in claims involving personal and catastrophic injury. With ample experience in this area, William is well-versed in the federal statues of the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. He regularly practices before the U.S. Department of Labor, the Office of Administrative Law and the Benefits Review Board. Additionally, William represents his clients in OSHA matters, where he works to reduce or set aside penalties and help his clients avoid serious citations. 

Additionally, William defends freight shipping and logistics companies in general liability and trucking litigation involving the transportation and damage of cargo. He also has experience as senior trial counsel for multiple clients in the areas of motor vehicle accidents, insurance defense, premises liability, product liability and construction litigation. He is a certified mediator in the State of Florida.

Apart from his practice, William dedicates his time to various professional organizations. He is also the President of the Miami Chapter and Southeast Regional Vice President of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1976

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida


  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1976
  • University of Miami, A.B., 1973

    magna cum laude

Professional Associations

    • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • The Florida Bar
    • Sons of the American Revolution


    • Martindale-Hubbell
      —Rated AV Preeminent

Representative Cases

Representative Cases

  • V.J. Growers Supply v. Newsome, 496 So.2d 234 (Fla.App. 1st DCA 1986)
  • Cirou v. Basler, 432 So.2d 628 (Fla.App. 3rd DCA 1983)
  • Yambo v. General American Life Ins. Co., 400 So.2d 770 (Fla.App. 3rd DCA 1981)
  • General American Ins. Co. v. Yambo, 428 So.2d 300 (Fla.App. 3rd DCA 1983)
  • Sasloe v. Home Life Insurance Co. New York, 416 So.2d 867 (Fla.App. 3rd DCA 1982)