Auburn University (B.A. 1998)
Florida Coastal School of Law (J.D. 2004)
William W. Kurtz, Jr., “Will”, joined the U.S. Navy in 1988, just one month after graduating high school. While in the Navy, he rose in ranks from the most junior Enlisted Man (E1,) to retiring as a Lieutenant (O3) twenty years later. While in the Navy, in addition to numerous deployments overseas, he completed tours of duty in Hawaii, Japan, Pensacola, Virginia and Mayport. Will served as a member of an aircrew flying on reconnaissance aircraft, a member of ship’s company on several different warships, and finally as the Operations Officer for a Destroyer Squadron. Throughout his naval career, Will earned numerous commendations to include four Navy Commendation Medals and five Navy Achievement Medals.
While serving in the Navy, he attained his law degree enabling him to continue serving his community as a prosecutor in the State Attorney’s Office upon his retirement. As both a Prosecutor, Criminal Defense Attorney, and Plaintiff’s Attorney, Will has tried over Forty cases to verdict. His vast knowledge and trial skills has enabled him to recover millions of dollars in verdicts. Will is a natural trial attorney and most comfortable in front of a jury fighting for his clients. As a prosecutor, he was awarded the County Court Award in 2009 – recognizing him as the top attorney in the County Court Division and in 2014, 2015 and 2016, he was recognized as one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by the National Trial Lawyers Association.
Will loves spending time with his wife Melissa and their three children. Whether just having a nice Sunday dinner together or traveling for a long weekend away, his favorite memories are those with his family.
Accolades and awards aside, Will really just wants to help people. He understands that each and every time a prospective client calls they have a story that needs to be told and he relishes in the privilege of being the person who gets to tell that story.