Personal Injury/Wrongful Death

Compensatory Damages
When evaluating the possible compensatory damages you may be entitled to due to personal injury, or even worse, a wrongful death, it is important to consider several factors. First off, the type and amount of damages survivors can recover depends on their relationship to the deceased person. For instance, survivors can get reimbursed for the value of lost support and services prior to the death, and for the estimated value of lost future services and support.

In determining the value, the probable future income of the deceased will be calculated, and specific relationships of survivors will be considered. This means that closer family members who would have benefited more from the deceased person will receive more reimbursement. These determinations and calculations may be complicated, and an experienced wrongful death attorney will know how to maximize family members’ recovery. The diligent team of attorneys at Conrad & Scherer in Fort Lauderdale can help you navigate these complex situations.

What Types of Damages Can I Recover?
Family members can also recover costs for any emergency or medical bills and funeral expenses that they incurred as a result of the deceased person’s injuries and subsequent death. Additional damages can include mental pain and suffering family members experience as a result of the unexpected death, which also can include any pain and suffering experienced by deceased persons prior to their death.

Furthermore, spouses can recover for loss of companionship, and children who lose a single parent can also recover for loss of parental companionship, guidance, and instruction. These are only a few of the possible damages that a surviving loved one may be entitled to, and although it is difficult for anyone to place a dollar amount on the life of a spouse, child, or parent, Conrad & Scherer attorneys are adept at making certain our clients receive full and complete compensation for the loss of a loved one.

Florida’s Wrongful Death Statute
To summarize, the damages recoverable under Florida law can be found under Florida’s Wrongful Death Statute. These damages includes the following, among others:

• Medical, hospital, funeral and burial expenses
• Compensation for the decedent’s pain and suffering, during any period of consciousness between the time of injury and death
• Losses suffered by the decedent’s spouse, children, or next of kin
• Pain and Suffering of the statutory survivors
• Loss of financial support
• Loss of services
• Loss of gifts or other valuable gratuities
• Loss of parental training and guidance
• Loss of society and companionship

If third parties caused the death of your loved one, intentionally or unintentionally, they should be held liable for their actions or negligence. Whether or not your loved one was killed by an accident, a defective product, medical malpractice, an act of violence, or another event, Conrad & Scherer’s experienced team of attorneys will help you fight for justice on behalf of the losses you have endured.

Conrad & Scherer’s Commitment to Injury Victims
For more than 45 years, the passionate attorneys and diligent support staff at Conrad Scherer have represented hundreds of families and filed successful claims and lawsuits against negligent persons and businesses for their actions. Conrad Scherer attorneys are also board-certified Florida trial lawyers and have extensive experience representing clients in serious injury and wrongful death claims. We have the competence, skill, and necessary experience to understand Florida’s wrongful death laws and ensure that each of our clients receive the maximum possible compensation permitted by Florida law.

The Ft Lauderdale, Fl. law offices of Conrad & Scherer handle wrongful death claims throughout South Florida and across the entire state of Florida. While we focus much of our efforts on the South Florida area including Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Weston, Pembroke Pines, Coral Springs, Coral Gables, Miramar, Miami Beach, North Miami Beach, Aventura, Key West, Key Largo, Marathon, Plantation, Fort Meyers, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Jupiter, Florida, we also litigate wrongful death cases in all other counties in Florida. Conrad & Scherer also has offices in New York, North Carolina, and overseas.

Contact Our Team of Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or someone you know is the victim of a negligent or intentional act that has led to the tragic and sudden death of a family member or loved one, reach out to the dedicated legal team at Conrad & Scherer today. We will not rest until you seek the justice and compensation you and your family rightfully deserve. Call us today to discuss the unique circumstances surrounding your case and to schedule a no-obligation legal consultation with a Conrad & Scherer attorney.

    Founder & Managing Partner
    • School of Law at Indiana University, Juris Doctor, 1973, magna cum laude
    • Franklin College of Indiana, Bachelor of Science, 1969
    • Florida Bar, 1973
    • Indiana Bar, 1973
    • District of Columbia Bar, 2010
    • United States District Court for the District of Colorado, 2014
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 1974

    William R. Scherer co-founded the firm in 1974 with his late partner Rex Conrad. Over the past almost four decades, Mr. Scherer has grown Conrad & Scherer into one of Florida’s leading law firms and has expanded the firm’s presence with offices in New York, New York, Brevard, North Carolina, and Quito, Ecuador.

    AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® since 1987, Mr. Scherer is a seasoned trial attorney. He has litigated over 100 trials in both jury and non-jury cases before state, appellate, and federal courts. Mr. Scherer’s cases and legal accomplishments have received coverage by major television networks such as CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and FNN and national and local newspapers such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, South Florida Business Journal, the Daily Business Review, the Sun-Sentinel and the Miami Herald.

    Mr. Scherer was lead counsel for victims of the infamous multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Scott Rothstein. Notably, Mr. Scherer led his complex litigation team and achieved an historic settlement returning to investors what is said to be the highest percentages of recovery for victims of a Ponzi scheme. News outlets described the settlement as a “huge victory” and a “landmark” lawsuit.

    In 2005, Mr. Scherer served as plaintiff’s counsel in a high-profile commercial lawsuit involving the sale of a health insurance company and obtained, by jury verdict, one of the largest damage awards in Broward County history.

    During the historical 2000 Presidential Election Litigation in Florida, Mr. Scherer led a team of attorneys representing President George W. Bush and personally represented the President in the Broward County recount.

    In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Scherer has also served as counsel to various government entities. From 1988 to 2005, Mr. Scherer served as General Counsel to the North Broward Hospital District, one of the largest public health care providers in the nation, with four hospitals and nine specialized treatment centers. As General Counsel for the Hospital District, he supervised teams of legal experts in healthcare and malpractice law, and was responsible for all trials and legal actions taken by or against the Hospital District.

    Mr. Scherer began his legal career as a law clerk to the Indiana Supreme Court and the Honorable Charles Fulton, Former Chief of the United States District Court for the South District of Florida.

    Community Involvement/Affiliations
    • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member/“Advocate,” 1989 to present
    • Broward Workshop, Board Member, 2002 to 2012
    • Broward County Ethics Commission, 2009 to 2010
    • City of Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority, Board Member, 1989 to 1996 and 2003 to 2010
    • Franklin College Board of Trustees, 2000 to 2008
    • Judicial Nominating Commission for the Seventeenth Circuit, Gubernatorial Appointee (Governor Martinez, Governor Bush and Governor Scott), 1987 to 1999, 2001 to 2003, 2003 to 2007 (Chair in 2006), 2011 to 2012
    • Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Gubernatorial Appointee (Governor Bush), 1999 to 2003
    • Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Interim General Counsel, Gubernatorial Appointee (Governor Bush), 2000
    • Florida Lawyers for Bush, Statewide Co-Chair, 1998 to 2000
    • Florida Lawyers for Bush, Broward and Palm Beach County Chair, 1998 to 2000
    • Federal Bar, Grievance Panel for the Southern District of Florida, 1995 to 1997
    • Florida Patient Compensation Fund, Board of Directors, 1992
    • Federal Bar Association, Broward County Chapter, Past President, 1982 to 1983
    Significant Matters/Cases
    • Lori Parrish, Broward County Property Appraiser v. Board of County Commissioners, Broward County, Florida, Case No.: 13-023090. Successfully obtained a writ of mandamus on behalf of Broward County Property Appraiser Lori Parrish after the Broward County Board of Commissioners failed to comply with its statutorily mandated duty to fully fund the first quarter payment of the Property Appraiser’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget as approved by the Department of Revenue.
    • Mr. Scherer led his team of attorneys and para-professionals in the representation of a diverse group of plaintiffs seeking recovery of over $225 million in investor losses resulting from a multi-billion dollar structured settlement Ponzi scheme. This nationally publicized case focused on Toronto Dominion Bank’s (TD Bank) role in facilitating this criminal enterprise asserting novel claims that the Bank willfully aided and abetted the Ponzi fraud. After months of litigation, the matter was resolved through settlement resulting in the highest percentage recovery for victims entangled in a Ponzi scheme.
    • In conjunction with the Rothstein Ponzi scheme civil litigation, Mr. Scherer served as Chairman of the Creditors’ Committee in Rothstein’s law firm’s bankruptcy proceeding from December 2009 through December 2012.
    • In 2005, Mr. Scherer co-represented a doctor and health care entrepreneur who had purchased HIP of Florida—now Vista Health Plans of Florida—from HIP of New York. Scherer filed a suit on behalf of his client against HIP of New York alleging that HIP hid financial information from his client who had purchased the company for $40 million. Following a 14 week trial, and despite HIP of New York’s countersuit for breach of contract, a jury awarded one of the largest individual verdicts in Broward Circuit Court history. That award included an award of compensatory damages for fraud and the cancellation of a multi-million dollar note to the defendant. Jurors had found liability for punitive and compensatory damages, but before they could determine an award on punitive damages, the case was settled out of court.
    • Mr. Scherer led his team of attorneys representing President George W. Bush during the historical 2000 vote recount and personally represented the President in the high stakes Broward County recount. Conrad & Scherer’s responsibilities as counsel to President Bush included advising the President on his legal strategy in Broward County and also acting as a key contributor in Bush’s distinguished statewide Florida legal team. In fact, President Bush has praised Conrad & Scherer’s attorneys for their important legal contributions to his success in Florida. The firm’s contribution has also been implicitly recognized in the United States Supreme Court decision of Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000), where the high court freed Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris’s certification of George W. Bush as the winner of Florida’s electoral votes in the 2000 presidential election.
    • Mr. Scherer led his team of attorneys in defending a client against a third-party government agency’s interference with Broward County’s public bid process, which put at risk an existing five year janitorial services contract for the Fort-Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport totaling approximately $69 million. The firm successfully asserted constitutional due process violations challenging the third-party agency’s involvement in the process and deviation from the County Code and Charter. The firm prepared to file a bid protest and to seek judicial relief for the constitutional violations if a successful political resolution was not reached.
    • Mr. Scherer led his team of attorneys defending one of the largest mega-yacht marina and shipyards in the US from being over-regulated by a local fire marshal and was able to resolve the matter favorably through the political process and without litigation. The fire marshal had attempted to regulate the shipyard’s spray painting of mega-yachts/large vessels within temporary enclosures – an industry-wide practice already regulated under OSHA. Resolution required multi-government lobbying of the Florida CFO in his capacity as the State Fire Marshal, Broward County Commission, the Broward Board of Rules and Appeals (“BORA”), the City of Fort Lauderdale, and the local Fire Prevention Bureau. If the fire marshal was successful, the impacts to the Tri-County’s multi-billion dollar marine industry would have been devastating. In addition to the government relations aspect of this matter, the firm prepared to seek judicial relief for the constitutional violations if a successful political resolution was not reached.
    • Successfully enforced a $41 million judgment against a prominent real estate developer by attacking an offshore Nevis trust. Pursued multiple court actions in domestic and international jurisdictions, including the Cayman Islands. This was one of the first instances in the U.S. where a U.S. creditor was able to successfully attack a Nevis trust. The case resulted in a settlement of over $44 million for the client.
    • Represented a municipality and prevailed at trial in a $100 million dollar lawsuit brought by a large developer against the municipality for breach of an alleged contract to develop 11 acres of Florida oceanfront property.
    • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, since 1987
    • Recognized as a Best Lawyer in Commercial Litigation for The Best Lawyers in America©, 2018 to 2020
    • Listed in Super Lawyers® “Super Lawyer”, 2006 to 2018, 2020
    • Listed in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, “Florida Legal Elite”, 2004, 2010, 2014 and 2020
    • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Lawyers”, 2006 to 2020
    • Listed as one of the “FACES of Fort Lauderdale” in Complex Commercial Litigation by Gold Coast Magazine, April 2019
    • Recognized as an “Ultimate CEO” by the South Florida Business Journal, 2013
    • Listed in VerdictSearch’s, “Top 100 Verdicts of 2005”, 2005
    • Recognized as “Most Effective Lawyer” by the Daily Business Review, 2005 and 2012
    • Profiled as a “Power Broker” by the Sun-Sentinel Newspaper, 2002
    • Listed as one of “The 50 Most Powerful People in Broward County” by Gold Coast Magazine, May/June 2002
    • Profiled as a “Political Power Broker” by Gold Coast Magazine, April 2002
    Publications/Teaching & Speaking Engagements
    • C5’s 3rd Forum “Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery,” Miami Beach, Florida, Speaker, “Miami Vice—Unraveling the $1.2 Billion Rothstein Ponzi Scheme,” October 2012
    • American Board of Trial Advocates and the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of ABOTA “Masters In Opening Statements and Closing Arguments”, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Speaker, May 2011
    • BankAtlantic Attorney Seminar, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Speaker, “Unraveling a Ponzi Scheme,” October 2010
    • Boys and Girls Club of Broward County Men’s Luncheon, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Featured Speaker, “The Ponzi in its Aftermath,” April 2010
    • William R. Scherer Jr., Directors and Officers Face Liability – Check Your D&O Insurance Now, Smart Business – Broward/Palm Beach, April 2005 at 14.
    • William R. Scherer Jr., Vital Reforms – Why Everyone Needs to Pay Attention to Proposed Medicaid Reforms, Smart Business – Broward/Palm Beach, March 2005, at 24.
    • William R. Scherer, Jr., Medicaid Reform – A Call to Action, South Florida Hospital News, March 2005.
    • William R. Scherer Jr., Editorial, Recommended Reforms Must Pass in Session, South Fla. Sun Sentinel, June 16, 2003, at 21A.
    • William R. Scherer Jr., Sovereign Immunity in Indiana- Requiem 6 Ind. L. Rev. 92 (1972).
    Senior Associate
    • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1995
    • Providence College, Bachelor of Arts, 1992, cum laude
    • Florida Bar, 1996
    • New York Bar, 1996
    • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 2001
    • Supreme Court of United States, 2004

    Janine Kalagher McGuire is a senior associate in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. Mrs. McGuire provides key appellate and litigation support for the firm’s diverse clientele throughout all stages of litigation.

    Having extensive insight as to appellate issues and process, Mrs. McGuire works closely with the firm’s litigation teams during the trial court stages to ensure that appellate rights are preserved with a proper and compelling record should an appeal be necessary.

    Mrs. McGuire has practiced within many areas of law in addition to appellate practice, including health care, medical malpractice, professional liability, governmental and administrative law and complex commercial litigation. In particular, Mrs. McGuire’s experience in health care law includes managed care, risk management, medical staff/peer review, employment, and medical malpractice litigation.

    Community Involvement/Affiliations
    • Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church and School, Board of Trustees, 2013
    • Broward County Bar Association, Member, 1996 to present
    • Omicron Delta Epsilon, Member, 1992 to present
    Significant Matters/Cases
    • Rohart v. Phoenix Emergency Med. of Broward, L.L.C., 41 So. 3d 410 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010)(PCA); Rohart v. N. Broward Hosp. Dist., 45 So. 3d 461 (Fla. 2010)(Petition for review dismissed); Rohart v. N. Broward Hosp. Dist., 131 S. Ct. 1570, 179 L. Ed. 2d 473 (2011)(Petition for writ of certiorari denied). Successfully defended a large governmental entity in several appeals filed by a former employee claiming tortious interference with a business relationship, denial of due process, and denial of equal protection.
    • Padilla v. N. Broward Hosp. Dist., 270 F. App’x 966 (11th Cir. 2008). Successfully defended a large governmental entity in an appeal filed in the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, by a former employee claiming discrimination in violation of Title VII and the Florida Civil Rights Act.
    • Marmorstein v. Wallach, 993 So. 2d 535 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2008)(PCA). Successfully defended the appeal of an order dismissing a complaint with prejudice which sought to obtain a $1.7 million commission on a purported viatical settlement contract that failed to disclose the amount and method of calculating the commission as required by Florida law.
    • City of Lauderhill v. Rhames, 864 So. 2d 432 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003). Appealed a judgment against a municipal corporation in a § 1983 action brought by several employees alleging violations of their substantive due process rights as the result of a department wide reorganization that eliminated their supervisory positions.
    • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Lawyers”, 2013 and 2014
    • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Up and Comers”, 2010 to 2012
    Of Counsel
    • University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1994
    • University of Miami, Bachelor of Arts, 1991
    • Florida Bar, 1995
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, 2011
    • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2008
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 1996
    • District of Columbia, 2010



    William R. Scherer, III serves as Of Counsel in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office.  Mr. Scherer focuses his practice on commercial and employment litigation, and personal injury.  After more than 20 years of practice, he has gained experience in all phases of civil litigation, including jury trials, and has been AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martingale-Hubbell since 2005.

    In the area of commercial litigation, Mr. Scherer has handled complex commercial  cases including secondary banking liability claims against financial institutions for aiding and abetting fraud, mold litigation between commercial landlords and tenants, director and officer liability claims, trademark and copyright infringement, music royalty disputes and various other business tort and contract claims.

    Mr. Scherer has also represented many employers and employees in disputes arising under federal and state labor and employment statutes, including Title VII, Family and Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act and the Florida Civil Rights Act.  He has initiated and defended charges of discrimination before the Equal employment Opportunity Commission and often interprets, drafts and negotiates employment and severance agreements on behalf of employees joining or leaving company employment.

    In addition to commercial and employment litigation, Mr. Scherer has litigated personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from automobile and motorcycle accidents as well as other circumstances where individuals have been injured.

    Outside of the practice of law, Mr. Scherer is the father of two children, an accomplished musician and a martial arts student, currently holding a second-degree black-belt in Karate.

    Significant Matters/Cases
    • Russell v. N. Broward Hospital, 346 F.3d 1335 (11th Cir. 2003)
    • The Broward Times, Inc. v. North Broward Hospital District, Case No. 04-61563 (S.D. Fla.)
    • Stevens Weiss v. Atlantic Recording Corporation, Case No. 04-60910 (S.D. Fla.)
    • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, since 2005
    • Included in the Best Lawyers in South Florida©, 2015
    • Broward County 17th Judicial Circuit, Former Traffic Magistrate, 2002