WILLIAM H. (BILL) HARRELL
Founder & Senior Partner 1946-2017
Bill Harrell is the Founder and Senior Partner of Harrell & Harrell. With his substantial experience in trying to verdict a significant number of jury cases, Bill brings his expertise to the development and prosecution of cases in the firm. He became a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney in 1988, and is an AV rated lawyer by the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell, their highest rating based on peer evaluations.
Formerly a Director of the Florida Justice Association and a Trustee of the Florida Lawyers Action Group, he is a Legacy Member of the Justice Association and a recipient of the Crystal Eagle Award. He is also President of the First Amendment Society, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation of the First Amendment.
Born in Lake City, Florida, in 1946, Bill attended the University of Florida on a full athletic scholarship and graduated from the University of Florida College of Law. Upon his graduation, Bill was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame in recognition of his leadership, athletic and academic accomplishments.
Bill was Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Army in 1968 and thereafter served three years as a Deputy Sheriff before entering law school. He is married to Renee D. Harrell, a trial attorney and the Firm’s President.
He has four children. His son, Holt, and daughter, Julie, are also trial attorneys with the firm. Kimberly Chapman (B.S., MBA) joined the Firm in 2009 and now is the Executive Director. His fourth child, Susan, has her Bachelor’s in Culinary Science and is an Executive Chef.
In December 2016, Bill was recognized as Attorney of the Month by Attorney at Law Magazine First Coast edition. The publication’s profile of Bill tells the story of the long-standing family tradition of military service and law school, the family’s centuries-old roots in Florida, and Bill’s unusual path to where he is today.Click here for the full article in Attorney at Law magazine.