Panama City
221 McKenzie Avenue
Panama City, FL 32401
Panama City Beach
16215 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

William S. Henry, Shareholder

William “Bill” S. Henry is a Shareholder in the firm who is “BV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He focuses his practice on Litigation and has experience with Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims, Real Property & Construction Disputes, Insurance Claims, as well as General Civil, Commercial, and Probate Litigation.

Bill currently serves as the chair of the 14th Circuit Grievance Commitee. He served as the Representative for the 14th Judicial Circuit on Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. He also served on Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee for the 20th Judicial Circuit and the Florida Bar’s Law Related Education Committee.

Active in the Northwest Florida community, Bill is a former director and president of Girls, Inc. of Bay County and is a graduate and past steering committee member of Leadership Bay. He was also the coordinator for the Bay County Bar Association's Annual Race Judicata for three years, which helped raise money for local non-profits. Bill currently serves as a committee member and president of Bay Haven Charter Academy's School Advisory Council, and is a prior President and Board Member for the Krewe of Dominique Youx, and a member of the Panhandle Gator Club and University of Florida Alumni Association. He is active in helping organize Mardi Gras at the Beach and in his spare time, Bill enjoys family activities, traveling, golfing and watching any Gator sport.

Contact Bill Henry at (850) 769-1414 or

Practice Areas

Bar Admission
Florida, 1995
Georgia, 2000

Court Admissions
U.S. District Court

  • Northern District of Florida
  • Middle District of Florida
  • Southern District of Florida

11th Circuit Court of Appeals
Supreme Court of the United States

J.D., University of Florida, 1995

  • Managing Editor & Student Works Editor, Journal of Law & Public Policy

B.S.B.A., Finance, University of Florida, 1991

Professional Associations
The Florida Bar
Bay County Bar Association
St. Andrews Bay American Inn of Court

  • Small Group Leader 2010-2011

Florida Defense Lawyers’ Association
Bay Haven Charter Academy School Advisory Council

  • President (2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2017)

Speaking Engagements
Reaching a Settlement- A Practical Exercise in Negotiating During Mediation

  • June 17, 1997

Caveat to Caveat Emptor- The Duty to Disclose Material Defects in the Sale of Residential Property

  • June 17, 1999

Practicing with Professionalism

  • Moderator, May 11, 2006
  • Moderator, May 30, 2008

Basic Administration Law CLE

  • Introduction, December 7, 2006

Reported Decisions
Majestic Sun Owners' Association v. Florida Condos I, LP, et al, 895 So.2d 534 (Fla. 1st DCA 2005)
Kalil v. Blue Heron Beach Resort Developer, 720 F.Supp.2d 1335 (M.D. Fla. 2010)
Kalil v. Blue Heron Beach Resort Developer, LLC, 2010 WL 472105 (M.D. Fla. 2010)
Kalil v. Blue Heron Beach Resort Developer, LLC, 2009 WL 2868433 (M.D. Fla. 2009)
Equal Access For All, Inc. v. Hughes Resort, Inc., 2006 WL 1313189 (N.D. Fla. 2006)
Equal Access For All, Inc. v. Hughes Resort, Inc., 2005 WL 2001740 (N.D. Fla. 2005)
Kaminski v. Sunset Pier Resort, LLC, 2005 WL 927411 (N.D. Fla. 2005)
Gilbert v. Kmart Corporation, 60 So.3d 390 (Table) (Fla. 1st DCA 2011)
Eaton vs Marina Landing Developers, LLC, 106 So.3d 931 (Table) (Fla. 1st DCA 2012)
Eaton vs Marina Landing Developers, LLC, 115 So.3d 999 (Table) (Fla. 1st DCA 2013)
K + H Development Group, Inc. V. Howard, 110 So.3d 444 (Table) (Fla. 1st DCA 2013)
Dastgerdi v. Johnston 4 Panama, LLC, 113 So.3d 2 (Table) (Fla. 1st DCA 2013)
Auto-Owners Ins Co. Vs. Ralph Gage Contracting, 2016 WL 3556829 (N.D. Fla 2016)
Auto-Owners Ins Co. Vs. Ralph Gage Contracting, 2016 WL 7668482 (N.D. Fla 2016)
Kjellander vs Abbott, 199 So.3d 1129 (Fla. 1st DCA 2016)

BV® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®

Burke Blue Hutchinson Walters & Smith, P.A. is located in Panama City, Panama City Beach and Sandestin, FL and serves clients in and around Panama City, Panama City Beach, Bay Point, Lynn Haven, Port St. Joe, Apalachicola, Rosemary Beach, Grayton Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Destin, Sandestin, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bay County, Okaloosa County, Walton County, Santa Rosa County, Escambia County, Gulf County, Franklin County, Washington County.

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Burke Blue Hutchinson Walters & Smith, P.A.
221 McKenzie Avenue
Panama City, FL, 32401 USA