Bill Edwards Of Counsel

     

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Bill Edwards is known for his relentless defense of long-term care industry clients and other health care providers in all aspects of litigation and administrative agency actions. Over his 20-year legal career, Bill has developed a focus on defense of residents’ rights, abuse and neglect, wrongful death, negligence, employment discrimination, and wage-and-hour complaints and law suits. Bill is experienced in defending clients in matters alleging discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), and various other federal and state antidiscrimination statutes. He also frequently assists health care providers with Administrative Agency Complaints filed by Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and individual licensee complaints filed against nursing home administrators and nurses. 

Bill takes a holistic approach that helps clients foresee and address incidents of regulatory noncompliance and anticipate, prevent or prepare for litigation. His wide range of experience includes assisting clients with drafting policies and procedures compliant with the Requirements of Participation in Medicare and Medicaid for Long-Term Care Facilities and drafting employee handbooks. 

Bill’s investigation and risk management skills and ability to build long-term relationships with his clients encourage their trust and honest communication, helping him successfully defend claims even with the most difficult facts. 

In college Bill served in multiple leadership roles in the student government association, a national fraternity and multiple honors societies. He was commencement speaker for his graduating class at Florida Southern College. While in law school at Stetson University College of Law, Bill worked as judicial clerk for Florida’s Sixth Judicial Circuit.

Areas of Focus

Diverse Background & Experience
While working in the professional employer organization (PEO) industry, Bill not only acted as the gatekeeper for Employment Practices Liability Insurance policies, covering 50,000 or more employees at any time and hundreds of employers over the years, but also represented employers, particularly long-term care facilities in local, state and federal employment and human rights acts matters as well as litigation. 

Bill’s experience specifically includes residents’ rights, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and labor and employment defense litigation. He has represented clients before the EEOC, the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Attorney General’s Office and various state agencies. Bill has served as in-house General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for a skilled nursing home management company and as litigation counsel for multiple insurance defense firms. 

Long-Term Care
Bill’s long-term care defense record in resident abuse and neglect cases, coupled with his years of labor and employment defense work and his regulatory compliance experience, sets him apart in his ability to understand and defend his clients.