WILLIAM UMANSKY
WILLIAM UMANSKY

WILLIAM UMANSKY

Bill  “The Lawman” Umansky as he is known by other lawyers in Florida  has over thirty years of experience offering “Second Chances” to clients who have either been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or who have, unfortunately, been charged with a crime. Bill discovered his passion for law through personal experience. Growing up in a broken home, he experienced pain at an early age and felt the powerlessness people feel when they suffer trauma through no fault of their own. Angry at his situation and feeling powerless, he began to hate authority, experimented with drugs and alcohol and was thrown out of at least three schools. Before leaving for college, he felt broken, dejected and like a victim. Fortunately for him, several mentors came into his life that showed him that he could take charge of his life, be accountable for his actions and move forward always in a positive direction. Later faith taught Bill that he deserved a second chance, and that he could give that second chance to others.

As a result, Bill decided to become a lawyer. He wanted to find justice for clients, protect them against the vast power of government prosecution in criminal cases and help them obtain fair compensation for the injuries they suffered through no fault of their own. In every case, he personally handles, Bill wants to make sure he is giving power back to the client and to move them always forward in a positive direction.

Bill graduated cum laude from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and obtained a law degree from the University of Florida College of Law. During law school, Bill was a member of the University of Florida Trial Team and received a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to the University of Florida Law School. He also received top of his class award in Mediation, Negotiations and Dispute Settlement.  Mr. Umansky also went to the Tulane Institute of European Legal Studies in Paris France.

After law school, Bill knew he wanted to get in front of a Jury as much as he could.  Bill honed his skills in the courtroom by trying over one hundred cases as a prosecutor in Brevard County Florida. He tried all kinds of cases and became a Domestic Violence Division Chief. He also served as the City Prosecutor for the City of Orlando where he also was a Police Academy Instructor.

After working for two other prominent Central Florida Personal Injury firms, he opened his own law firm in 1999. He is now the Managing Partner of the Umansky Law Firm where he runs a team of lawyers dedicated to obtaining outstanding results. Umansky Law handles all kind of all personal injury cases including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, sex abuse, negligent security, slip and fall and premise liability cases. Additionally, Bill has helped numerous people who have become entrenched in the Criminal Justice system after being caught making a mistake. He makes it his mission to provide his clients with the second chance they deserve by getting the charges dropped, reduced or mitigation of the sentence when all else fails. He and his team has handled all types of Felony, Misdemeanor and Ordinance charges including cases involving drunk driving, drug sale or possession, trafficking, prostitution, mortgage fraud, theft, shoplifting, false imprisonment, suspended licenses, battery, domestic violence, obstruction charges and sex offenses and murder.

He has appeared or been quoted in many national media outlets including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, People Magazine, NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX affiliates around the country. He speaks all around the country and is the author of several books including a best-selling Amazon Law Practice Book called Tiger Tactics. He also is the host of a podcast geared to lawyers called “The Lawman’s Lounge”. Bill has been received many awards by his peers and has been recognized as an AV rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell, Super Lawyer and Florida Legal Elite.

Believing as a lawyer you must always give back, Bill is active in the Orlando community. He is serving or has served on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Bar Association, Teen Court and Teen Alternatives, Inc, YMCA of Central Florida, Orange County Legal Aid Society and Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association. He is a past president of the Avalon Park Rotary Club and current President of an education foundation he founded called Second Chance of Florida.  Bill has been a volunteer and coach for youth soccer, basketball and football teams in the Orlando area.

Bill is married to his beautiful wife Zahra Umansky, who is also an accomplished criminal trial lawyer, and he is the proud father of two great sons Zak and Jake. He lives and breathes the motto “Everyone Deserves a Second Chance”!

Education

University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida

  • Juris Doctorate – Trial Team – 1992
  • Honors: Book Awards Highest Grade – Negotiation & Dispute Settlements
  • Honors: Certificate of Recognition – Outstanding Contribution to UF College of LAW
  • Honors: John Marshall Bar Association Senator
  • Honors: University of Florida Trial Team, member

University of South Florida

  • Bachelor of Arts cum laude – 1988
  • Major: Psychology

Tulane Institute of European Legal Studies

Area of Practice

  • DUI/DWI
  • Criminal Law
  • Nursing Home
  • Personal Injury — Plaintiff
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Product Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Dog Bite
  • Slip & Fall

Bar Admissions

  • lorida, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorneys in Florida – 2020
  • Elite Lawyer – 2020
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, “Super Lawyer”, 2020
  • President-Elect 2018-2019 – Rotary Club
  • Rotarian of the Year 2018 – Rotary Club
  • Clients Choice Award 2018 – Avvo
  • Top Contributor 2018 – Avvo
  • Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers: Leadership Team 2018-2019
  • Orange County Legal Aid Society, Breakfast of Champions, Award for Outstanding Service, 2009 – 2010
  • Orange County Legal Aid Society: Recognition for Service as Trustee of the Board, 2009
  • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition by Congressman Grayson for service to Legal Aid, 2009
  • Bronze award to Legal Aid, 2009
  • Florida Trend Magazine, “Florida Legal Elite”, 2010
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • National Academy of Best Selling Authors-Certificate of Recognition -of Best-Selling Book, 2010
  • Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine Top Lawyers-Traffic Violations, 2012
  • Orlando Life Magazine Top Lawyer for Traffic Violations for Orange, Seminole, & Osceola Counties. This is based on LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Top-Rated Lawyers list and is compiled from peer review ratings to identify those who have been rated by their peers to be AV Preeminent, 2013
  • Outstanding Service OCBA Executive Council , 2007 – 2013
  • Meritorious for Public Service Chair for Grievance Committee 09C, 2012 – 2013
  • Lapel Pin in recognition of exceptional pro bono service Supreme Court of Florida, 2013
  • Orlando Life Magazine, “Top Attorneys in Florida”, 2014
  • Orlando Weekly 2022 Readers Choice Award for Best Criminal Attorney
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, “Super Lawyer”, 2014
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, “Super Lawyer”, 2015
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, “Super Lawyer”, 2016
  • Attorney at Law Magazine “Attorney of the Month”, 2014
  • Florida Trend Magazine, “Florida Legal Elite”, 2014 – 2016
  • Florida Trend Magazine, “Florida Legal Elite”, 2012

Published Works

  • Published Works by William Umansky
  • The Briefs, a publication of the Orange County Bar Association, OCBA Journal
  • Juvenile Criminal Defense Strategies, Co-Author, 2011
  • Power Principles For Success, Co-Author, 2010
  • “Second Chances” Stories of Hope, Redemption and Forgiveness, Author
  • Tiger Tactics: Powerful Strategies for Winning Law Firms, Co-Author, 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ninth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, 2010
  • Legal Aid Society, Event Chairman, Breakfast of Champions, 2008
  • Orange County Bar Association, Co-Chairman, Criminal Law Committee, 2000 – 2005
  • Orange County Bar Association, Executive Council, 2008 – Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Gala Committee
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Association of Trial Lawyers, 2002 – 2007
  • Florida Justice Association, Member
  • Central Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, Board of Directors, 2005 – 2007
  • Inns of Court, 1996 – 2006
  • Orlando Chamber of Commerce, 2006 – Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • National College for DUI Defense, Member, 2013 – Present
  • Central Florida Community Initiative, Board Member
  • Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association , Board of Directors
  • apil- Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, Member
  • PEOPIL, Member
  • Top Attorney – Avvo
  • University Club of Orlando, Board Member, 2019-Present

Classes/Seminars

  • Presenter, Foundation Marketing, Orange County Bar Association, Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Section, 2013
  • Presenter, Law and Civics, Colonial High School for the OCBA Foundation, 2012
  • Presenter, Legal Aid: What it’s all About, Rotary Club of Avalon Park, 2009
  • Presenter, David and Jaidens Story, Legal Aid Breakfast, 2009
  • Presenter, Legal Aid, Downtown Rotary Club, 2009
  • Presenter, Legal Aid: What it’s all About, Legal Aid Breakfast of Champions, 2008
  • Presenter, Safe Neighborhood, Avalon Park Safe Neighborhood Meet & Greet, 2004
  • Kevin Sutton Radio Show, Boating Under The Influence Of Alcohol and Skateboarding Violations, 2013
  • Adjunct Professor, Florida Metropolitan University
  • Technology Committee Panel, Orange County Bar Association, 2017
  • Presenter, Money and Collections, Orange County Bar Association, 2017
  • Presenter, The Interview Process, Orange County Bar Association, 2017
  • Presenter, Developing Long-Term Bonds with Opposing Counsel, Maximum Lawyer Conference, 2019

Past Employment Positions

  • Assistant State Attorney, 1993 – 1995
  • City Prosecutor, 1995 – 1996
  • Elizabeth Faiella, P.A. (Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice), Associate
  • Best & Anderson (Personal Injury), Associate
  • Police Academy Instructor
  • Police Legal Advisor
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WILLIAM UMANSKY

Bill  “The Lawman” Umansky as he is known by other lawyers in Florida  has over thirty years of experience offering “Second Chances” to clients who have either been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or who have, unfortunately, been charged with a crime. Bill discovered his passion for law through personal experience. Growing up in a broken home, he experienced pain at an early age and felt the powerlessness people feel when they suffer trauma through no fault of their own. Angry at his situation and feeling powerless, he began to hate authority, experimented with drugs and alcohol and was thrown out of at least three schools. Before leaving for college, he felt broken, dejected and like a victim. Fortunately for him, several mentors came into his life that showed him that he could take charge of his life, be accountable for his actions and move forward always in a positive direction. Later faith taught Bill that he deserved a second chance, and that he could give that second chance to others.

As a result, Bill decided to become a lawyer. He wanted to find justice for clients, protect them against the vast power of government prosecution in criminal cases and help them obtain fair compensation for the injuries they suffered through no fault of their own. In every case, he personally handles, Bill wants to make sure he is giving power back to the client and to move them always forward in a positive direction.

Bill graduated cum laude from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and obtained a law degree from the University of Florida College of Law. During law school, Bill was a member of the University of Florida Trial Team and received a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to the University of Florida Law School. He also received top of his class award in Mediation, Negotiations and Dispute Settlement.  Mr. Umansky also went to the Tulane Institute of European Legal Studies in Paris France.

After law school, Bill knew he wanted to get in front of a Jury as much as he could.  Bill honed his skills in the courtroom by trying over one hundred cases as a prosecutor in Brevard County Florida. He tried all kinds of cases and became a Domestic Violence Division Chief. He also served as the City Prosecutor for the City of Orlando where he also was a Police Academy Instructor.

After working for two other prominent Central Florida Personal Injury firms, he opened his own law firm in 1999. He is now the Managing Partner of the Umansky Law Firm where he runs a team of lawyers dedicated to obtaining outstanding results. Umansky Law handles all kind of all personal injury cases including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, sex abuse, negligent security, slip and fall and premise liability cases. Additionally, Bill has helped numerous people who have become entrenched in the Criminal Justice system after being caught making a mistake. He makes it his mission to provide his clients with the second chance they deserve by getting the charges dropped, reduced or mitigation of the sentence when all else fails. He and his team has handled all types of Felony, Misdemeanor and Ordinance charges including cases involving drunk driving, drug sale or possession, trafficking, prostitution, mortgage fraud, theft, shoplifting, false imprisonment, suspended licenses, battery, domestic violence, obstruction charges and sex offenses and murder.

He has appeared or been quoted in many national media outlets including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, People Magazine, NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX affiliates around the country. He speaks all around the country and is the author of several books including a best-selling Amazon Law Practice Book called Tiger Tactics. He also is the host of a podcast geared to lawyers called “The Lawman’s Lounge”. Bill has been received many awards by his peers and has been recognized as an AV rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell, Super Lawyer and Florida Legal Elite.

Believing as a lawyer you must always give back, Bill is active in the Orlando community. He is serving or has served on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Bar Association, Teen Court and Teen Alternatives, Inc, YMCA of Central Florida, Orange County Legal Aid Society and Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association. He is a past president of the Avalon Park Rotary Club and current President of an education foundation he founded called Second Chance of Florida.  Bill has been a volunteer and coach for youth soccer, basketball and football teams in the Orlando area.

Bill is married to his beautiful wife Zahra Umansky, who is also an accomplished criminal trial lawyer, and he is the proud father of two great sons Zak and Jake. He lives and breathes the motto “Everyone Deserves a Second Chance”!

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