January 20, 2022

Contact: Eric W. Boyer, Esq.
Managing Partner
305.670.1101 Ext. 1023


Premises Liability

William Grubbs

John S. Derr

John S. Derr and William “Sonny” Grubbs of the Tallahassee office recently won a summary judgment in a slip and fall case. Plaintiff slipped and fell at work resulting in injury. She sued the contractor responsible for cleaning the office floors, alleging the contractor had allowed a “waxy buildup” which made the floor unreasonably dangerous. However, on deposition, Plaintiff could not say what she slipped on. She testified she did not see any foreign substance on the floor. Plaintiff’s supervisor also examined the area and was unable to discern any foreign substance on the floor, though she testified the floor “felt slick.” An affidavit from the Defendant averred the floor was a type of engineered floor which was never waxed. After hearing argument, the Court granted summary judgment.

John S. Derr is co-managing partner of QPWB’s Tallahassee office.  Mr. Derr has devoted his practice of over 40 years to the areas of medical malpractice, private and public sector labor and employment law and insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. He has extensive experience advocating for clients and working with governmental agencies to resolve problems related to professional licensure issues. Over the years, he has tried cases to verdict in the fields of medical malpractice, legal malpractice, product liability, commercial litigation, personal injury, insurance coverage, employment law, civil rights, workers’ compensation, and negligence. He has attained the highest rating for ethics and legal ability, AV® Preeminent™, from Martindale Hubbell Law Directory. He received his law degree from Florida State University College of Law in 1981.

William “Sonny” Grubbs is co-managing partner of QPWB’s Tallahassee office and also practices from the firm’s Jackson, Mississippi office. Mr. Grubbs has represented insurance defense matters since commencing private practice in 2000. He has extensive experience in the areas of medical malpractice, nursing home defense litigation and mass tort litigation. His practice also includes matters involving catastrophic and/or traumatic premises liability claims related to hotels, apartment complexes, and construction defects. Mr. Grubbs also has experience in the representation of condominium associations and their board members for claims related to board management. He received his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law in 2000 and is licensed to practice law in Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.

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