William T. Abel

Partner at McLaughlin & Stern LLP

William T. Abel

William T. Abel

Partner at McLaughlin & Stern LLP

Biography

William "Bill" Abel received his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law, with honors, and served as Executive Editor of the Inter-American Law Review. Bill is board certified as a specialist in civil trial law by The Florida Bar and is also rated "AV" by Martindale Hubbell. An "AV" rating distinguishes Bill as having very high general ethical standards and legal ability as evaluated by his peers. Bill limits his practice to representing individuals and families who have suffered serious personal injury or wrongful death. For fifteen years, Bill represented the interests of insurance companies and big businesses, but now exclusively represents ordinary people with serious injuries. Early in his career, Bill worked as a Staff Attorney for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Palm Beach County where he worked closely with civil judges, learning the inner workings of the court system. After leaving the court, Bill worked for some of the world’s largest insurance companies, including AIG and Zurich, where he learned how insurance carriers evaluate injuries and handle claims. Bill has practiced his entire career in Palm Beach County and is the third generation of his family to call Palm Beach County home. When he is not helping clients, Bill enjoys spending time with his wife, Kim, a former federal prosecutor, and their three daughters. He also volunteers at his children’s elementary school as well as Burckle Place assisting women to transition out of homelessness. Bill’s aspiration is to not only serve as an effective advocate for his clients, but he wants to serve as counselor of law and provide sage advice for clients during a difficult time in their lives.

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Education
JD, cum laude
Class of 1997

The University of Miami School of Law, founded in 1926, is the law school of the University of Miami, located in Coral Gables, Florida, in the United States. The school graduated its first class of 13 students in 1929. The University of Miami School of Law also offers extensive "Public Interest Programs" and opportunities, including the "Center for Ethics and Public Service" that offers in-house clinics and educational programs including the "Children and Youth Law Clinic", "Health and Elder Law Clinic", and "Corporate & Professional Responsibility Program". The HOPE Public Interest Resource Center at the University of Miami School of Law gives students the opportunity to get involved in over 25 different projects each year, reaching various underserved and at-risk populations locally, nationally, and abroad.The University of Miami School of Law is located on the main campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, just six miles southeast of Miami, the 7th largest metropolitan area in the nation. The School of Law is centered around a central courtyard called the "Bricks." The Law Library has a collection of over 600,000 volumes in print and microform, and subscribes to a large and ever-expanding list of electronic resources.

BA in English Language, Literature & Letters
Class of 1991

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM LEADING TO A DEGREE

Diploma
Class of 1987

From its founding in 1810 as the Maidenhead Academy, what is today known as The Lawrenceville School has maintained two defining characteristics: a willingness to explore and adopt the best practices in education as they have evolved and, at the same time, a commitment to maintaining traditions that continue to resonate with students. From the first Head Master, Rev. Isaac VanArsdale Brown, who introduced then-novel foreign language study and routine exercise to the of the 1820s, through today, the School has always striven to provide students with the highest quality of education as understood at the time. Arguably the single most powerful development in the character of the school occurred in 1883, when the school was transformed from a small proprietarial enterprise, owned (and renamed) by each successive headmaster, to one run by the Lawrenceville School Board of Trustees under the auspices of the John Cleve Green Foundation. As The Lawrenceville School, the institution established many of the traits it is known for today, including its hallmark House System and an intense School spirit. The changes were reflected on the campus itself when the Board asked landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of Central Park, and prominent architects Peabody and Sterns of Boston to design the newly expanded grounds of the school to thoughtfully and deliberately create a strong community atmosphere. The result was the Circle, now a National Historic Landmark. So distinct was the character of Lawrenceville that it grew to occupy a special place in the American imagination. Owen Johnson, an alumnus of the School, first captured the “new” Lawrenceville in his 1910 novel, The Varmint, which recounts the travails and adventures of one Dink Stover as he made his way through Lawrenceville from New Boy to graduate. Stover became one of the country’s most beloved fictional characters, and Johnson followed his success in a series of Lawrenceville Stories in what was at that time the most popular magazine in America. In 1950 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released The Happy Years, a Hollywood version of The Varmint, filmed on campus and starring Leo G. Carroll and Dean Stockwell (as Dink). Throughout the 1900s, Lawrenceville continued to develop as a leader in academic innovation, including early adoption of Advanced Placement (AP) courses and the introduction of nationally and internationally known guest speakers designed to broaden the intellectual horizons of young Lawrentians. Among the most lasting changes was the introduction in 1936 of the Harkness method of education, which sought to bring the benefits of the house system to the classroom by providing an intimate environment for intellectual discourse around a single, large conference table. Discussion of coeducation began in earnest in the 1970s and after a lengthy, but thoughtful analysis of what it would mean both pedagogically and practically to the school, the Board elected to accept female students in 1985. The first girls arrived on campus in 1987 and brought a new vitality to the campus community. As the 20th century drew to a close, the school embraced the ever increasing diversity of its students in gender, geography, faith, race and socio-economic group, focusing on the need for a Lawrentian education to include broad exposure to all facets of the global community and an appreciation for and understanding of multiculturalism. For more than 200 years, Lawrenceville graduates have gone on to success in their chosen fields, prepared by their education for the changing world around them. As the School enters its third century of educating students, we welcome you to join the legacy of Lawrenceville and discover what it means to be a Lawrentian in the 21st century.

Diploma
Class of 1986

Riverview High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school in Sarasota, Florida, United States. Riverview educates students from ninth grade to twelfth grade. The school has 2,654 students and 161 teachers. The school's mascot is the ram. As of the 2012-2013 school year, it is the largest school in the county.

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Executive Editor
1996 - 1997
Career History
Partner
2013 - Current

McLaughlin & Stern LLP is a private company headquartered in New York, NY. The firm provides legal services.

Managing Attorney
2009 - 2013
Managing Attorney
2006 - 2009
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