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William J. Flynn, III
(813) 222-1166


501 E. Kennedy Boulevard Suite 1700
Tampa, Florida 33602
United States
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Practice Areas
Immigration, Nationality and Consular Law, International & Cross-Border Transactions, Experienced EB-5 Attorney
Languages spoken
Florida, New York

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William J. Flynn, III

William J. Flynn, III

In retaining legal counsel, each client looks for the attorney who has the credentials, resources, credibility and, above all else, the experience to represent them. That experience—in the law, in handling a matter, and in representing the industry—is what clients value most. That is what differentiates our law firm. We bring the power of experience to each representation. When considering the engagement of a lawyer in our Firm, you will receive the power of more than 130 attorneys with the experience to represent you in a wide range of matters. We offer comprehensive legal services to the markets we serve and approach each engagement with enthusiasm and a focus on service.

We work through client and industry teams. Those teams focus on the needs of the clients and the industries in which they operate. The Firm organizes around industry and client teams staffed with lawyers who work within specific industries or work with specific clients. Those lawyers track legislation, watch market competition, and monitor legal and regulatory issues and trends.

Industry Teams

Industry Teams are comprised of those attorneys providing services across practice groups to multiple clients in a specific industry. In addition, within the Firm there are industry or specialty practice groups that may or may not include active client relationships but whose primary purpose is to follow industry trends and anticipate the needs of clients in those industries.

Client Service Teams

Client Service Teams are those combinations of 2 or more attorneys operating through 2 or more practice groups to meet the needs of a specific client, and whose clients have needs across multiple practices. Industry and Client Service Team Benefits for Clients The industry teams in the Firm have a number of benefits to clients. The entire focus of the program is to provide a higher level of service to existing clients in that industry that will translate into: 1) more satisfied clients; 2) developing best practices for that industry within the Firm; 3) reducing costs of service delivery; and 4) adding more value to the services we provide to clients.

The benefits of an industry and client service teams to our clients include:

1. Having a team of lawyers more familiar with all aspects of the client's business

2. Being more responsive to client requests for services by anticipating changes in the industry

3. Providing resources to the client such as extranet access to industry information

4. Promoting workshops to explore industry needs and setting mutual goals to provide more targeted services in more efficient ways

5. Surveying the industry leaders to determine their legal needs and concerns and designing solutions that make the Firm 'easier to do business with'

6. Consolidating legal services or delivering services in ways that will lower client costs

7. Delivering more targeted information on the industries to help the client stay informed on issues that may impact their meeting strategic business objectives.


The Immigration team provides a full range of visas and permanent residence filings, including employment and family-sponsored petitions.  This practice also offers immigration compliance/I-9 assistance, as well as deportation defense work.  The Immigration team represents entrepreneurs, businesses, non-profit organizations, health-care facilities, universities, individual clients, and foreign investors. Lawyers in this practice regularly serve various industries, including banking and financial services, construction and real estate, health care, non-profits, sports and entertainment, technology and e-commerce, and transportation and logistics. The Immigration team works closely with the Employment practice, keeping its focus on visas and permanent residence filings that impact foreign workers.


William J. Flynn, III

William J. Flynn, III is the Practice Leader of the International Practice Group.  His practice includes a large immigration practice representing foreign nationals and U.S. corporations that employ foreign nationals. In this capacity, he represents clients before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of State.

MEMBER: Firm Board of Directors

Presentations and Publications

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Central Florida Chapter)
        "Consular Processing Considerations," 2009
        "Employer Enforcement," 2008
        "Consular Processing Considerations," 2006
        "Child Status Protection Act," 2003
        Advanced Seminar on Employment Visas, 1999
        Advanced Seminar on Labor and Employment Immigration Issues, 1998 
        Advanced Seminar on IIRAIRA, 1997
        Advanced Seminar on Preparing Winning Cases, St. Petersburg Beach, FL, 1995
        Advanced Seminar on Investment Visas, St. Petersburg Beach, FL, 1993
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
        Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, 1997
        Midyear Conference, Maui, HI, 1997
        Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, 1994   
        Annual Conference, Toronto, 1993
        Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, 1992
        Labor & Employment Conference, Austin, TX, 1992
        Seminar on Immigrant Investors, Orlando, FL, 1991
  • American Sports Builders Association: "Using Foreign Workers," 2005
  • Consular College National Meeting: "What is Really Going on with Immigration," Tampa, 2008    
  • Florida Association of International Educators, Tampa District: "Immigration Overview for College and University Professionals," 2007
  • Florida Restaurant Association: "Immigration Effects on Your Bottom Line," Orlando, 2008 
  • Fowler White Boggs Banker Employment Law Seminar: Tampa; Fort Myers; Jacksonville; 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 
  • Greater Tampa Association of Realtors: "Not All Aliens Are From Outer Space - What Your International Client Wants," 2007
  • Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Program, Tampa, 2006, 2008 
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
        "Immigration Law and Related Legal Issues," 2007
         International Law Seminar; 1990, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2005
  • HR Pinellas: "Employing Documented Foreign Workers," 2004
  • HR Plant City: "Immigration Enforcement Considerations for Employers," 2007
  • International Business Summit: "Immigration Update," 2007, 2008 
  • Keats, Connelly & Associates Cross-Border Living Workshops: "Immigration Considerations for Canadians," 1996, 2002
  • Leadership Florida: Planning Session on Immigration for Class of 2008, Miami, 2008 
  • Legal Network International, Helsinki: "Trends in U.S. Immigration Law," 2007
  • Lorman Seminars - Tampa: "Business Immigration and Employment Law," 2007
  • National Business Institute: "Immigration Considerations for Employers," 2008 
  • National Institute of Physician Recruiters: "Immigration Law Update," 2008
  • Polk County Work Force 2020: "Hiring Immigrants Legally," 2006
  • President's Forum - Naples, Florida: "Immigration Update for Employers," 2005
  • Rotary Club of Tampa: "Immigration - What's All the Fuss About?" 2006; "Immigration Law Update," 2008 
  • Scandinavian and Baltic Trade Association: "Immigration Update," 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007 
  • Schiller International University - Largo: "Employment Visas for Graduating Students," 2007 
  • St. Joseph's Hospital: "Immigration Considerations for Healthcare Workers," 2002
  • St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce Florida Economic and Job Summit: "Immigration's Effect on the Economy: What Businesses Need to Know," 2007 
  • Sterling Education Services
        "Immigration and Employment Law Update," 2001
         "Fundamentals of Immigration Law for Employers," 2002 
  • Tampa - Hillsborough Human Rights Commission: "Immigration Law Challenges," 2006
  • University of South Florida
        International Business Summit: "Immigration Law," 2007
        Work Force Conference, 2006 
        Asian Alliance: "Immigration Issues of Interest for Faculty Members,"
        2007, 2008
        Asian Alliance: "What is New in Immigration Law?" 2006   
        Stavros Center Immigration Center for Professional Educators, 2003
        International Business Board: "Unfolding Developments
        in China," 2002
        International Business Board: "International and Immigration Law"
  • University of Tampa: "Employment Visas for Graduating Students," 2007 
  • Webber College: "Immigration Implications for Students," 2001, 2003
  • West Central Florida Healthcare Recruiters: "Immigration Considerations for Foreign Healthcare Workers," 2004
  • "Foreign Investors: Immigration and Nonimmigration Considerations," Co-Authored with Richard A. Jacobson, The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. LXVI, No.5, May 1992
  • "Basic Immigration Considerations, Doing Business in the United States," Author, Privately Published, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993
  • "The United States-Canada Free Trade Agreement," Author, The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. LXIII, No.3, March 1989
  • "Immigration Considerations for Pre-Residency Tax Planning: Estate Planning for the International Client," Co-Authored with Richard A. Jacobson, The Florida Bar Journal, 1993
  • "Dual Representation: Employers, Employees and Ethics," Co-Authored with Dilip Patel, Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook, 1994-95, Vol. II, Advanced Practice, American Immigration Lawyers Association 
  • "Labor and Employment in Florida," Co-Authored with Jacqueline Corcoran, Stetson University College of Law, 1990

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Section on International Law and Practice, 1981-2008
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association: Board of Directors, Central Florida Chapter, 1984-1992; Chairman, 1993-1994
  • The Florida Bar: International Law Section; Chairman, Immigration and Nationality Law; Certification Committee, 1995-1998
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association: Chairman, International Section, 1999-2000
  • Leadership Florida: Member, 2004-present
  • Leadership St. Petersburg: Member, 1982-1983

Community Involvement

  • American Stage Company: President, Board of Trustees, 1982-1984
  • British American Chamber of Commerce: Member, 1986-present; Board of Directors, 1992-1996
  • Buffalo Law Review: Articles Editor, 1973-1974
  • Florida Council of International Development: Member, Board of Directors, 2000-2005
  • Georgetown University Alumni Association of Central Florida: Member, 1970-present; President, 1983
  • Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce: Member 1985-present; Member, Board of Governors, 1999-2002; Member, Executive Committee, 1999-2001; Member, Committee of One Hundred, 1992-2008; Member, International Committee, 1996-2008; Chairman, International Committee, 1999-2001
  • Japan-America Society of Florida: Member, 1985-present; Business Council Chairman, 1989-1991; Board of Directors, 1989-1996; Vice-President, 1993-1994; President, 1994-1996
  • Legal Network International: Member, 1989-present; Chairman, 2003-2005
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Scandinavian & Baltic Trade Association: Board of Directors, 1994-present
  • Society of International Business Fellows: 2002-present; Florida State Chair, 2006-2009
  • Southeast U.S./Japan Association: Chairman, Florida Delegation, 1999-2001
  • Stetson University College of Law: Adjunct Professor of Law, 1994-present
  • Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce: Board of Directors, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, 1989-1994; 2008-present
  • Tampa Bay Area Committee on Foreign Relations: 1982-present; Nominating Committee, 1987-present
  • Tampa Bay International Business Council: Board of Directors, 1996-2000
  • Tampa Bay International Super Task Force: 1984-1994; Chairman, Missions Committee, 1989-1991
  • Tampa Bay International Trade Council; Recipient, Best Task Force Award, 1985; Chairman, 1986-1987; Member, Advisory Board, 1989-1992; Recipient, International Business Person of Year Award, 1993
  • University of South Florida: Board of Directors, International Language Institute, 1988-1992
  • University of Tampa: Board of Counselors, 1983-1986
Practice Areas
  • J.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1974
  • M.B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1976
  • B.A., Georgetown University, 1970
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
  • New York

AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

The Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2011

Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law, The Florida Bar

Chambers USA, 2006-2011; listed as a leading Immigration lawyer in Florida

Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine, 2005, 2009; ranked in the top 2% of practicing Florida Bar Members

Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2011

Who's Who Legal, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, 2006 and 2007 Editions; one of 11 Florida lawyers named in the Corporate Immigration Category