William A. Grimm - Attorney at Law

301 East Pine Street
Suite 1400
Post Office Box 3068 (32802-3068)
Orlando, Florida 32801

P 407-843-8880
F 407-244-5690

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Biography

Bill serves as of counsel to the firm after practicing law full-time for more than 34 years. He is also a full-time professor of practice in entrepreneurship and negotiation at the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business, teaching negotiation, entrepreneurial finance and entrepreneurship in the M.B.A. program. Bill is a Florida Supreme Court certified circuit mediator, focusing on disputes in the areas in which he has substantive experience.

Bill's engineering background assisted him in becoming general counsel to many high-tech companies in the Central Florida area, including several publicly held companies. He has handled many venture capital transactions for high-tech and other companies and is a well-known speaker in Central Florida at seminars on venture capital financing and initial public offerings. Additionally, he has been instrumental in assisting companies in going public and has been a member of the boards of directors of several high-tech companies.

Bill served as the chairman of the Grievance Committee of The Florida Bar and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Bill is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship at Rollins College and served as its chairman for six years. He is the author of What Entrepreneurs Need to Know: Avoiding Big Mistakes That Can Prevent Success (Trafford Publishing, 2006).

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Summary
  • Practicing corporate and securities law in Florida for 34 years
  • Experience as chief financial officer of a publicly held company
  • Experience as a vice president of corporate finance for an investment banking firm
  • Served on boards of directors of publicly and privately held companies; served on and advised audit committees
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator
  • Professor of practice in entrepreneurship and negotiation at the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business
Representative Clients
  • Sawtek Inc.
  • Autonomous Technologies Corp.
  • Philip Crosby Associates, Inc.
  • Kinetics, Inc.
  • Laser Photonics, Inc.
  • Scientific Systems Services, Inc.
Mediation Focus
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Violations of securities laws
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Strategic relationship or joint venture disputes
  • Breach of noncompetition agreements
  • Technology disputes — patent infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Merger and acquisition disputes
  • Financial statement and accounting disputes
  • Exclusive supply or requirements disputes
  • Disputes involving software/systems that do not perform according to specifications
  • Breach of complex contracts
  • Other business disputes
Education
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S.
    • Mechanical Engineering, Major in Thermodynamics
  • University of Florida, M.B.A.
    • Concentrations in Economics and Marketing
  • Stetson University, College of Law, J.D. (honors)
Admissions
  • Florida
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator
  • The Florida Bar
    • Grievance Committee, former Chairman
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member
    • Corporate and Business Law Committee, former Chairman  
  • American Bar Association, Member
    • Business Law Section, Member
    • Law and Accounting Committee, Member
    • Science and Technology Section, Member
  • National Association of Corporate Directors
Awards & Recognitions
  • AV Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2009-2016
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2011 
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2009
Civic
  • Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida, Vice Chancellor  
  • Orlando Area Committee on Foreign Relations, founding Member
  • Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship at Rollins College, Member and former Chairman 
Articles & Publications
  • "Government Action Can't Stimulate Venture Capital," Orlando Business Journal, April 6-12, 2007
  • What Entrepreneurs Need to Know: Avoiding Big Mistakes That Can Prevent Success, Trafford Publishing, 2006
  • "Failure to Focus on Strategy May Mean Murky Future," Orlando Business Journal, May 19-25, 2006
  • "Raising Capital? Then Make Sure to Mind the GAAP," Orlando Business Journal, Feb. 17-23, 2006
  • "Fiscal Fiction: The CFO as a Company Sales Rep," Orlando Business Journal, Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2005
  • "Tough Love: The Power of a Strong Board of Directors," Orlando Business Journal, Aug. 12-18, 2005
  • "Ethics Aren't Negotiable," Orlando Business Journal, June 23-30, 2005
  • "Business Intelligence: It's Not an Oxymoron," Orlando Business Journal, May 13-19, 2005
  • "Setting Up the New CEO to Fail," Orlando Business Journal, Mar. 18-24, 2005
  • "Conflict of Interest Policy Helps You Avoid Headaches Later," Orlando Business Journal, Mar. 11-17, 2005
  • "Hiring Strategies – Take Steps to Ensure Getting the Candidate You Want," Orlando Business Journal, Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2005
  • "Hedge Against Business Risks by Preserving Capital," Orlando Business Journal, Dec. 10-16, 2004
  • "Having Trouble Raising Capital? There May Be a Good Reason," Orlando Business Journal, Oct. 8-14, 2004
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