William W. Merrill  III - Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A.

William W. Merrill III

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

William W. Merrill, III is a shareholder at Icard Merrill. His nationally recognized practice in land use, planning, transportation and environmental law includes representation of both developers and public sector clients. He has received the "AV" rating, the highest rating available, from Martindale-Hubbell, which is recognized as the most respected source of authoritative and dependable information about members of the legal community and reflects confidential ratings by other lawyers and the judiciary. Mr. Merrill has been listed in TheBest Lawyers in America each year since 2007.Mr. Merrill has particular skill and practical daily experience with state, regional and local development approval processes, including rezonings, comprehensive plan amendments, redevelopment, mixed use projects, developments of regional impact, environmental, coastal and water-related permitting, subdivision and platting, vested rights, and lobbying efforts. He also represents developers and lenders in complex real estate transactions.Mr. Merrill's extensive land use litigation experience complements his practice. He has litigated the "taking" issues, concurrency (adequate public facilities), quasi-judicial government decisions and other land use issues. Mr. Merrill has been a regular speaker at growth management and land use conferences and has published a number of articles relating to land use law. He served as President of the Sarasota County Bar Association and has actively served his community as a board member on local civic and charitable organizations.Mr. Merrill's public sector work has enhanced his effectiveness as a land use and environmental lawyer. From a public sector perspective, he has focused his practice on land use, planning and growth management law with particular emphasis on the preparation of land development regulations, impact fees and implementation. He has successfully represented over 35 governmental entities in eight states. Land development codes and regulations prepared by Mr. Merrill have received the highest state awards from the Florida and Colorado Chapters of the American Planning Association as well as a national award and recognition from the American Planning Association.He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida.

University of FloridaBA 1979Levin College of Law - University of FloridaJ.D. 1981
United Way of Sarasota CountyBoy Scouts of AmericaThe Argus FoundationSarasota County Bar AssociationUnited Way Suncoast

Office Location

2033 Main Street, Suites 500 and 600
Sarasota, FL 34237
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Land Use and Zoning Law of the Sarasota Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Administrative / Regulatory Law of the Tampa Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Land Use and Zoning of the Tampa Metro Area
William W. Merrill III has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!William W. Merrill III has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!William W. Merrill III has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Administrative / Regulatory Law
Land Use and Zoning Law (Administrative, Development, Environmental, Government Relations, Land Use, Real Estate, Zoning)
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning