William Rankin
  • Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer
  • 2011 Top Attorney in Florida as published by the Wall Street Journal
  • 2005 – 2011 Top Attorney in Florida as published by SuperLawyers
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America
  • Member Million Dollar Advocates
  • AV Preeminent peer review rating with Martindale-Hubbell

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Practice Areas

Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Defective Products, Auto Liability, Trucking Accidents, Insurance Claims

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Bill Rankin has recently been recognized by the Wall Street Journal as a 2011 Top Florida Attorney.

Bill Rankin was born in 1940 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Bill enlisted in the Marines after High School and did well enough to be awarded an NROTC scholarship. He received his undergraduate degree in physics from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1964. He then re-joined the Marine Corps as an officer, attending flight school in Pensacola in 1965-66. He was sent to Vietnam where he was a helicopter pilot in 1966-67. Upon finishing his tour of duty as a Captain with two Distinguished Flying Crosses, he entered the University of San Diego School of Law, graduating in 1974. Returning to Pensacola that year, he spent a short time with a local law firm then joined the State Attorney’s Office, where he gained his initial trial experience as a prosecutor in both the misdemeanor and felony divisions.

Bill entered private practice, and joined KERM&T in 1978. He is a member of the Florida Justice Association. He is a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and in addition, is certified in Civil Trial Advocacy. Bill’s background in science and his interest in engineering made it natural for him to focus on dangerous product litigation. Bill was the lead attorney in a case against a leading crane manufacturer which resulted in a substantial jury verdict and encouraged a worldwide change in crane design. Bill recently took a year off to volunteer at Pensacola High School, teaching Legal Studies and World History. He then taught Torts for a semester at UWF. In 2006 Bill devoted a substantial amount of time and effort to bicycling, logging well over 7,000 miles including a 1450 mile tour of the west coast of the US. He returned to the full time practice of law with renewed enthusiasm. Bill carefully selects his cases to ensure a low case-load so that he can indulge his appetite for intense preparation of each case.

Mr. Rankin, along with partner Mr. Bob Kerrigan, currently co-hosts the local television show Within Reason on WUWF-TV. Within Reason is broadcast live on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:00 PM CST.

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