William S. Dufoe

Retired Senior Partner
William S. Dufoe


William S. Dufoe is a retired senior partner in Holland & Knight's Tampa office. For nearly 35 years, Mr. Dufoe represented clients in a broad range of commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes, real estate litigation, construction disputes, professional liability, product liability, civil fraud and unfair competition. Although Mr. Dufoe’s litigation practice consisted primarily of commercial matters, he also defended personal injury and wrongful death claims. He advocated on behalf of parties in trial and appellate courts and before arbitration tribunals. In addition to his primary focus on litigation, Mr. Dufoe provided advice and counsel to clients concerning contract issues, risk management and other business matters.

Later in his career, Mr. Dufoe transitioned to limiting his practice to serving as a neutral in alternative dispute resolution procedures such as mediation and arbitration. He was certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a mediator in civil matters and mediated cases in the circuit courts of Florida since 1992. He also served as an arbitrator and court-appointed special master.


  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D., with high honors
  • University of Southern California, M.S., Systems Management
  • Florida State University, B.S., Business Administration, cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • All State Courts in Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Tenth Circuit Bench-Bar Committee, Chairman
  • Litigation Section of American Bar Association
  • Construction Industry Forum of American Bar Association
  • Willson American Inn Court, Past President and Honorary Master Emeritus
  • Polk County Trial Lawyers Association, Past Director
  • Lakeland Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Foundation, Fellow
Honors & Awards
  • Order of the Coif
  • Jerry A. DeVane Award for Exemplary Scholarship, Professionalism and Collegiality, Lakeland Bar Association
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation, 2006-2015
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2007-2016
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, March 2009
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated


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