Akerman Logo

William A. Van Nortwick, Jr.

Partner 
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3100
Jacksonville, FL 32202
 
Tel:
904.798.3700
Fax:
904.798.3730
 
 

A former judge for the First District Court of Appeal for more than 20 years, Bill Van Nortwick focuses his practice on complex civil and administrative appellate matters. Bill also serves as partner-in-charge of Akerman's national pro bono program, leading the firm's philanthropic efforts within the areas of education and youth development. A renowned champion for equal justice and pro bono legal services, he is a past recipient of the American Bar Association's prestigious Pro Bono Publico Award and The Florida Bar Foundation's Medal of Honor.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Bill's practice included both appeals and corporate and securities transactional matters. In addition to handling appeals, he serves as a member of Akerman Bench: Mock Oral Arguments & Appellate/Trial Support and frequently provides guidance in mock oral arguments both within the firm and for other firms. He is an active member of The Florida Bar Business Law Section, serving as its chair in 2014-2015.

Bill is a past chair of The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, a member of the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice established by the Florida Chief Justice, and a former president of the boards of directors for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Florida Legal Services, and The Florida Bar Foundation. He is the recipient of the inaugural Florida Chief Justice's Distinguished Judicial Service Award.
 
Awards & Recognition
-
Robert Beckham Equal Justice Award, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid
 
-
Thurgood Marshall Award for Florida's Second Judicial Circuit
 
-
The Chief Justice's Distinguished Judicial Service Award
 
-
Outstanding Member of the Year Award, Florida Bar Business Law Section
 
-
The Florida Bar President's Award of Merit
 
-
American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award
 
-
The Florida Bar Pro Bono Award for Florida's Fourth Judicial Circuit
 
-
The Best Lawyers in America 2017-2018, Listed in Florida for Appellate
 
-
The Best Lawyers in America, Listed as "Lawyer of the Year" in 2018 in Jacksonville for Appellate
 
Published Works & Lectures
-
Pincus Professional Education, Speaker, "Preserving Your Record for Appeal," January 31, 2017
 
-
Bay Area Legal Services' Annual Champions for Justice Appreciation Event, Keynote Speaker, October 1, 2015
 
-
Practicing Before the First District Court of Appeal, Speaker, "Appellate Pro Bono," April 10, 2015
 
-
"Pro Bono Services in Florida," Co-Author, 73 Fla. Bar. J. 30, 1999
 
-
"Regulation A and the Amended Florida Private Placement Exemption," Co-Author, 57 Fla. Bar. J. 578, 1983
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
-
American Bar Association:
Business Law Section
Judicial Division, Ethics and Professionalism Committee
 
-
American Bar Foundation
 
-
Jacksonville Bar Association:
Corporation, Business & Banking Section of the Jacksonville Bar Association, Former Chair
 
-
Tallahassee Bar Association
 
-
International Bar Association
 
-
Judicial Forum of International Bar Association
 
-
Florida Supreme Court Professionalism Commission:
Budget Committee
Judiciary Sub-Committee
 
-
Florida Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions in Business Cases, Former Member
 
-
Florida Bar Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, Member, Immediate Past Chair
 
-
Florida Bar Foundation, Former Board of Directors Member, Former President
 
-
Florida Bar Business Law Section, Chair, Former Judicial Liaison to the Executive Council
 
-
Florida Bar Equal Access to Justice Retreat, Former Chair
 
-
Florida Court Education Council
 
-
Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice
 
-
Florida Legal Services, Former Board of Directors Member, Former President
 
-
District Court of Appeal Performance and Accountability Commission, Former Chair
 
-
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc., Former Board of Directors Member, Former President
 
Related Professional Experience
-
United States Army Reserve, Retired
 

Associated News, Events and Publications
News
Events


William A. Van Nortwick, Jr.

Practice
Litigation
Education
J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1970; with honors, Law Review, Executive Editor (1968-1970)
A.B., Duke University, 1967
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
Home | Contact Us | Terms & Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Follow Akerman on Twitter   Connect with Akerman on LinkedIn
©2017 Akerman LLP, Akerman (Nevada) LLP. Attorney Advertising.