William “Bill” G. Christopher’s legal practice focuses on mediation, arbitration, and the litigation of complex civil cases. His clients range from some of the largest national organizations to individuals.
Mr. Christopher has over 40 years in the practice of law with large to medium size firms in Washington, D.C., Detroit, West Palm Beach, Tampa, and Sarasota. His entire practice has involved trials, arbitrations, and mediations of complex civil cases. He has arbitrated over a hundred cases as a neutral arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and has mediated over a hundred cases as a mediator for the American Arbitration Association and as a Florida Circuit Civil Mediator. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was an officer (Captain) in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (1962-1967).
Certifications and Licenses
Mr. Christopher has been admitted to practice law in Virginia (Admitted 1970, Emeritus), the District of Columbia (Admitted 1970), Michigan (Admitted 1977, Emeritus), Florida (Admitted 1988) and Texas (Admitted 1989, Emeritus ). Additionally, he has been allowed to conduct trials in New York, Minnesota, California, and Colorado. He is a member of the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court and various Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals and District Courts. He is Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization. He is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit/Civil Mediator. He is a member of the Commercial Panel, Construction Panel, Large and Complex Case Panel, and a Mediator for the American Arbitration Association. He is also a US Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida approved residential mortgage foreclosure mediator.
March 2018: “Skinny Arbitration to Assure Fairness and Cost Efficiency” at the Construction Law Institute of The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section.
May 2018: Panel member on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program at the Sarasota County Bench/Bar Conference.
“Alternative Dispute Resolution Can Reduce Costs,” Florida Home Builder Magazine, September/October 1998; “Government Contracts: Disclaimers of Warranty of Suitability Contained in the Government-Furnished Property Clause,” 56 Virginia Law Review102.
Trade / Professional Associations
Order of the Coif (Virginia Law School), the Raven Society (University of Virginia), the Barristers (Washington D.C.), American Arbitration Association, the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, the Florida Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, State Bar of Texas, Virginia State Bar, Sarasota County Bar Association, Manatee County Bar Association, Phi Delta Phi (Magister, Minor Inn 1969-1970). Member of the Executive Council of the Florida Bar’s ADR Section.
United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. (B.S., 1962); University of Virginia School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1970).