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William R. Scherer - Fort Lauderdale, FL

633 South Federal HighwayEighth Floor Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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Updated: 06/01/2022

Fort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation Lawyer


William "Bill" R. Scherer cofounded Conrad & Scherer in 1974 with his late partner Rex Conrad. Over the past almost four decades, Mr. Scherer has grown the firm into one of Florida's leading law firms and has expanded the firm's presence with offices in New York, New York, Brevard, North Carolina, and Quito, Ecuador.

AV® PreeminentTM Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® since 1987, Mr. Scherer is a seasoned trial attorney...

About William R. Scherer

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Fraud Litigation
  • Land Use Litigation
  • Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
  • Professional Negligence & Malpractice
  • Class Actions
  • Land Use
  • Ponzi Scheme Litigation


  • 70%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Founder & Managing Partner , since 1974


  • English (Primary)


Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1973
  • Florida, 1973
  • District of Columbia, 2010
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1974

Other Affiliations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 1989 - Present (Member/Advocate)
  • Broward Workshop, 2002 - 2012 (Board Member)
  • Broward County Ethics Commission, 2009 - 2010
  • City of Fort. Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority (Board Member, 1989 to 1996 and 2003 to 2010)
  • Franklin College Board of Trustees, 2000 - 2008
  • Judicial Nominating Commission for the Seventeenth Circuit (Gubernatorial Appointee, 1987 to 1999, 2001 to 2003, 2003 to 2007 (Chair in 2006), 2011 to 2012)
  • Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fourth District Court of Appeal, 1999 - 2003 (Gubernatorial Appointee)
  • Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, 2000 - Present (Interim General Counsel, Gubernatorial Appointee)
  • Florida Lawyers for Bush, 1998 - 2000 (Statewide Co-Chair)
  • Florida Lawyers for Bush, 1998 - 2000 (Broward and Palm Beach County Chair)
  • Federal Bar, Grievance Panel for the Southern District of Florida, 1995 - 1997
  • Federal Bar Association, Broward County Chapter, 1982 - 1983 (Past President)
  • United States District Court for the South District of Florida (Former Chief)


  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1973
    Honors: magna cum laude
  • Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana, 1969

Past Positions

  • North Broward Hospital District, General Counsel, 1988 - 2005
  • Supreme Court of Indiana, Clerk
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Clerk
  • City of Miramar, City Attorney, 1997 - 1999
  • Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Interim General Counsel/Special Counsel, 2000 - Present
  • President George W. Bush, Lead
  • Indiana Supreme Court, Law Clerk
  • Honorable Charles Fulton, Law Clerk

Pro Bono Activities

  • Florida Patient Compensation Fund, Board of Directors, 1992 - Present

Classes and Seminars

  • Speaker, “Miami Vice—Unraveling the $1.2 Billion Rothstein Ponzi Scheme”, C5’s 3rd Forum “Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery,” Miami Beach, Florida, 2012 - Present
  • Speaker, “Masters In Opening Statements and Closing Arguments”, American Board of Trial Advocates and the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of ABOTA, 2011 - Present
  • Speaker, “Unraveling a Ponzi Scheme”, BankAtlantic Attorney Seminar, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 2010 - Present
  • Featured Speaker, “The Ponzi in its Aftermath”, Boys and Girls Club of Broward County Men’s Luncheon, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 2010 - Present
  • William R. Scherer Jr., Directors and Officers Face Liability – Check Your D&O Insurance Now, Smart Business – Broward/Palm Beach, April 2005 at 14
  • William R. Scherer Jr., Vital Reforms – Why Everyone Needs to Pay Attention to Proposed Medicaid Reforms, Smart Business – Broward/Palm Beach, March 2005, at 24
  • William R. Scherer, Jr., Medicaid Reform – A Call to Action, South Florida Hospital News, March 2005
  • William R. Scherer Jr., Editorial, Recommended Reforms Must Pass in Session, South Fla. Sun Sentinel, June 16, 2003, at 21A
  • William R. Scherer Jr., Sovereign Immunity in Indiana- Requiem 6 Ind. L. Rev. 92 (1972)


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Included on the 2023 Florida list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Florida Super Lawyers list

View the profile for William R. Scherer on Super Lawyers


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, 1987 - 2021
  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer by Best Lawyers in Commercial Litigation, 2018-2021
  • Listed in Super Lawyers® “Top Lawyers”, 2006-2018, 2020-2021
  • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Lawyers”, 2006-2021
  • Listed in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, “Florida Legal Elite”, 2004, 2010, 2014 and 2020
  • Recognized as an “Apogee Award Honoree” by South Florida Business & Wealth, 2020
  • Listed in Fort Lauderdale Illustrated Magazine, “Top Lawyer”, 2020
  • Listed as one of the “FACES of Fort Lauderdale” In Complex Commercial Litigation by Fort Lauderdale Illustrated, April 2020
  • Listed as one of the “FACES of Fort Lauderdale” in Complex Commercial Litigation by Gold Coast Magazine, April 2019
  • Recognized as an “Ultimate CEO” by the South Florida Business Journal, 2013
  • Recognized as “Most Effective Lawyer” by the Daily Business Review, 2005 and 2012
  • Listed in VerdictSearch’s, “Top 100 Verdicts of 2005”, 2005
  • Profiled as a “Power Broker” by the Sun-Sentinel Newspaper, 2002
  • Listed as one of “The 50 Most Powerful People in Broward County” by Gold Coast Magazine, May/June 2002
  • Profiled as a “Political Power Broker” by Gold Coast Magazine, April 2002

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Office Information


633 South Federal HighwayEighth Floor Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


  • (954) 463-9244

Accepts Credit Cards


Office Hours

Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 5:30pm



  • William R. Scherer Jr., Sovereign Immunity in Indiana- Requiem?, 6 Ind. L. Rev. 92, 1972

Representative Cases

  • Lori Parrish, Broward County Property Appraiser v. Board of County Commissioners, Broward County, Florida

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