3003 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103
Phone: (239) 298-5207
Fax: (239) 298-5236
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William J. Hazzard
William J. (“Bill”) Hazzard, an “AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated” by Martindale-Hubbell® attorney, is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and all Florida state courts.
Bill grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey before attending the University of Richmond from which he graduated magna cum laude in 1978. Following college, Bill began his business career with IBM in a variety of sales, management, personnel and public relations positions and it was IBM that moved Bill and his wife Sara to Florida in 1981. Bill left IBM and his business career behind and at the age of 35 enrolled in the University of Florida College of Law, graduating with high honors in 1993. As he often tells clients, Bill hired lawyers before he became one, which gives him a unique perspective and a very practical approach to the practice of law.
While at the University of Florida law school Bill was selected as associate articles editor of the Law Review and received both the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship Award and the Alumni Council Scholarship Award. Bill also received the George W. Milam Award for outstanding achievement in scholarly legal writing. Following law school it was his privilege to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Susan H. Black, United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit during the court’s 1993-1994 term. Following his judicial clerkship Bill moved to Naples and began his business and commercial litigation practice in 1994.
Bill is the author of “Professional Responsibility: Duties Owed to an Unrepresented Party”, 44 Fl. L. Rev. 3, July 1992; “Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave When First We Practice to Deceive Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines: Enhancing Sentences for Defendant Perjury at Trial”, 44 Fl. L. Rev. 4, September, 1992; and “The Effect of Inadvertent Disclosure of Confidential Communication on the Attorney Client Privilege”, 17 Trial Advocate Quarterly 1, Spring, 1997.
A firm believer in giving back to the community, Bill has served as a member of the board of directors of Grace Place for Children and Families (2007-2014), as president of the Collier County Bar Association (2006 – 2007), as a board member of the Collier County Bar Association (2000-2008), as president of the United Way of Collier County (1998), as a United Way board member (1995 – 2000) and as president of the Greater Delray Beach (Fla.) Chamber of Commerce (1988).
In 2011, Bill completed the requirements to become a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil mediator and in 2013 he became a qualified arbitrator. Although his litigation practice remains his primary focus, Bill frequently helps other attorneys and their clients find creative solutions to resolve disputes. He is available to arbitrate or mediate disputes throughout Florida.