William Cantrell has significant experience in, among other matters, restrictive covenants agreements, employment law, executive compensation, business divorces, shareholder actions, and class/collective actions.
William Cantrell is a graduate of FSU College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2008), where he was selected for the Order of the Coif, graduating in the top five percent of his law class. He also received a master’s degree in international economics from FSU (M.A., cum laude, 2005). After law school, Will served as a law clerk for the Honorable Hugh Lawson, United States District Court Judge for the Middle District of Georgia.
Examples of the type of work that Will regularly handles include:
- Non-Competes and Employee Mobility. Will regularly handles disputes involving non-compete, non-solicit, and non-disclosures, and trade secret disputes. Will also handles unfair competition disputes that don’t involve contracts, such as claims involving breach of fiduciary duty, the Lanham Act, and deceptive practices.
- Employment Law. Will litigates nearly every employment law and employee benefits issue imaginable, including ADA, FMLA, FLSA misclassification, ERISA, wrongful termination, retaliation, and executive compensation.
- Business Divorces. Will is often hired by business owners to advise on partnership splits and, where necessary, litigate ownership disputes. Will also represents shareholders in direct and indirect actions, as well as groups in class and collective actions involving employment and consumer laws.
- Deceptive Business Practices. Will has successfully prosecuted multiple lawsuits involving business unfair and deceptive trade practices, both in the business-to-business context and consumer context.
- Successfully obtained injunction in state court on behalf of leading electrical supply company against former sales executive in connection with breach of non-solicit agreement.
- Successfully represented an insurance sales producer by convincing prior employer, a regional insurance company, that its non-compete and non-solicit agreement was unenforceable. Obtained written agreement that company would abandon any efforts to enforce the agreement against the former employee, prior to any lawsuit being filed.
- Successfully obtained injunctive relief on behalf of a national home health care agency against several former employees and their new employer in connection with claims involving trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duties, and breach of non-solicits.
- Successfully obtained complete dismissal of lawsuit brought in federal court in Atlanta by a national staffing agency against several former employees asserting unfair competition and trade secret misappropriation.
- Successfully obtained substantial monetary recovery on behalf of a hospital against former physician-employee who started a competing practice less than 5-miles from the hospital and solicited former patients.
- Successfully obtained preliminary injunction in federal court on behalf of a regional bedding distributor against one of its former executives in connection with claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
- Successfully defended a medical supply company and certain sales employees of that company in a multi-state federal lawsuit, involving claims of breach of non-compete agreement and tortious interference. The opposing party, a national company, originally sought substantial damages and to enforce a non-compete agreement against the sales employees. Prior to injunction hearing, resolved case with no damages being paid and substantially reduced and narrowed the terms of the disputed restrictive covenants.
- Successfully represented multiple sales representatives and executives in lawsuits declaring non-compete and/or non-solicits unenforceable, including in Florida, Georgia, District of Columbia, New York, among other venues.
EXECUTIVES/FOUNDER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
- Regularly hired as special counsel to negotiate executive employment agreements, restrictive covenants agreements, and separation agreements on behalf of high-compensated individuals, including top sales producers, c-suite executives, and founders of companies.
- Regularly represent individuals in successfully resolving disputes with their former employers in connection with starting new business ventures or transitioning to new companies.
- Prepare executive and sales employee employment agreements and restrictive covenants, including training businesses on policies and procedures to protect legitimate business interest.
EMPLOYMENT LAW & COMPENSATION DISPUTES
- Obtained complete defense verdict and attorneys’ fees on behalf of a national medical company against a former executive claiming unlawful discrimination in a three-day arbitration in Miami.
- Successfully resolved FLSA collective action on behalf of group of recruiters, obtaining substantial damages and fees.
- Successfully resolved unpaid commission and retaliation claims on behalf of insurance agent in West Palm Beach obtaining substantial damages and fees.
- Successfully resolved unpaid commission and retaliation claims on behalf of recruiter in trucking industry based in Tampa, obtaining substantial damages and fees.
- Successfully prosecuted FLSA overtime federal lawsuit against national staffing agency in Atlanta.
- Obtained a complete defense verdict in federal court through motion for summary judgment on behalf of a gaming company in a collective action where the plaintiff alleged that the inclusion of certain employees in a tip pool violated the FLSA.
- Obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of a national hospital management company following a two-day jury trial in Fort Lauderdale, in a case where a former employee alleged unlawful termination under the FMLA.
- Obtained a complete defense verdict in federal court through motion for summary judgment and oral argument on behalf of a hospital in Vero Beach, in a case where a former employee alleged unlawful retaliation under the FMLA.
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
- Contributing Author – The Fair Labor Standards Act, 2nd Edition (2014 cumulative supplement)
- Labor & Employment Section of the Clearwater Bar Association, Former Chair
- “Restrictive Covenants and Non-Compete Agreements: Trends, Developments, and Best Practices” – Part of Panel of Experts for The Knowledge Group – April 2022
- “Non-Competes and Other Restrictive Covenants for Insurance Professionals” – Insurance Agents of Tampa Bay – September 2022
- “Advanced Tips on Drafting, Enforcing, and Defeating Restrictive Covenants” – Hillsborough County Bar Association, Section of Corporate Counsel – May 2017
- “Restrictive Covenants: Basically Everything You Need to Know” – Central Florida Health Underwriters – December 2016
- “The DOL’s Final Revisions to Overtime Regulations” – Nature Coast SHRM – October 2016
- “Best Hiring Practices” – SFACCA – April 2016
- “Pay Me Now or Pay Me (More) Later – Avoiding Wage and Hour Lawsuits” – RACCA – March 12, 2015
- “Health Care Reform: Complying with the Next Wave of Requirements and Learning to Pay or Play” – Lakeland Polk County Association of Health Underwriters – September 2014
- “Bulletproofing Your Pre-Employment Process: An Overview of Criminal Background Checks, Credit Checks, and Drug Testing” – Tampa – September 04, 2014
- “Employee Benefits: ERISA Litigation Avoidance Made Easy” – May 2014
- “Wage, Hour, and Benefits Issues for Employers” – National Business Institute – August 2013
- “Misclassification Initiatives Spread as Florida Signs Formal Pact with DOL” – January 2015 – online Legal Blog
- “DOL Issues Guidance on ACA Exchange Notices and COBRA Election Notices” – October 2013 – Suncoast HR Newsletter
- “Cleaning Up the Mess: United Haulers, the Dormant Commerce Clause, and Transition Costs Economics” – 2009 – Columbia Journal of Environmental Law