Bill’s legal career began when he was selected out of law school to clerk for renowned federal district judge Anthony A. Alaimo. Under Judge Alaimo’s mentorship, Bill gained his unique understanding of how judges think and decide cases. Bill will use that knowledge and insight early in your case to file available pretrial motions to help weaken, and possibly outright defeat, the prosecution’s case against you. Bill will also use his insight into the judicial process to advise you as to whether going to trial or accepting any plea offers is in your best interest.

Before opening his current firm, Bill was a partner at Fallgatter Farmand & Roelke where he represented his clients in criminal cases in both state and federal courts. In addition to being an experienced criminal defense lawyer, Bill has substantial experience in complex, high stakes business litigation at prestigious international and regional law firms. If your case involves business transactions or activities, Bill will use his business law experience to help demonstrate your innocence or otherwise explain why you shouldn’t be criminally prosecuted.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Bill was a research scientist at the National Cancer Institute, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and global drug company Bristol-Myers Squibb. Bill’s working knowledge of both chemistry and biology enables him effectively to challenge the scientific and medical evidence relied on by the prosecution in DUI, drug/narcotics, sex crimes and many other types of criminal cases.

Bill immediately will begin learning about you and your family so he can fully portray your unique circumstances and positive attributes to the prosecution to help effect the best possible outcome for your case. As a result of Bill’s approach of making sure you are individually known to the prosecution instead of being considered as just another case or “Defendant”, you and Bill will develop a personal connection as he works to protect your rights and interests during this very stressful and challenging time in your life.

Bill will also thoroughly analyze law enforcement’s version of your case to identify any inaccuracies or omissions of facts or witnesses necessary to understanding the complete circumstances surrounding your investigation or arrest. He will ensure the prosecution and court are apprised of your side of the story instead of only the limited and inaccurate “facts” which may have led to your arrest.

Finally, immediately upon being retained by you, Bill will contact the assigned prosecutor in your case to request that they defer any decision formally to charge you with a crime until Bill can present them with your background and all the facts of, and law governing, your case. In many instances Bill is able to persuade the prosecutor quickly to drop, or substantially reduce, pending charges.

Bill stays apprised of the current developments in criminal law as a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the American Bar Association Section on Criminal Litigation. Additionally, Bill enjoys a mutually respectful relationship with the judiciary both from having previously served as a judicial law clerk and via his membership on The Florida Bar Committee on Judicial Independence and the Jacksonville Bar Association Committee on Judicial Relations.

As your lawyer, William Roelke personally will represent you and will not delegate any important aspects of your case to others. Bill therefore accepts a limited number of cases to best enable him to pursue his goals of keeping you out of jail or prison, getting your record cleared and helping you resume your normal life as quickly as possible.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Editor-in-Chief, Cleveland State Law Review
  • Law Clerk, United States District Judge Anthony A. Alaimo

Professional and Community Service

  • Jacksonville Bar Association Committee on Judicial Relations
  • The Florida Bar Committee on Judicial Independence
  • Member, Board of Directors of the Murray Hill Theatre and Ministries


  • Cleveland State University - J.D.
  • Hood College - M.S., Biomedical Sciences
  • Western Maryland College - B.A., Psychobiology

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • Squire Sanders & Dempsey


  • Smith Hulsey & Busey


  • Fallgatter Farmand & Roelke


Client Reviews

I originally hired a trial attorney for my case who was very expensive. My friend recommended William Roelke and I hired him instead for my case. He reviewed my case carefully and all the presented evidence I provided. What I like about this attorney is prompt responses to my inquires, detailed...

Simir S.

Mr. William Roelke is outstanding. Beyond comparison, marvelous is the display of his craft. His professional demeanor and wonderful insight is amazing. Mr. Roelke has superior character and insight. Should you be in need of services, please don’t hesitate to engage, Mr. William Roelke. Simply The...

Frederick K.

What a pleasure to have Mr. Roelke in your corner! I have been very impressed from my first contact with Bill. He was very prompt to return my initial phone call, and he has always been forthright about our case options, and the advice given. Very calm and highly competent. He accomplished every...

Kevin B.

William Roelke is an experienced, ethical, well prepared, well educated, top notch attorney. I give William Roelke my highest recommendation. He guided our family through a complex set of charges, communicated with us on a regular basis, represented us well and the result....all charges dismissed...

Carol F.

I am very glad to have contacted William Roelke about my case. William was very professional, calm and well-spoken; I felt very comfortable doing business with him and I am more than pleased to say that my charges have been dropped. I highly recommend Roelke Law, William will surely take good care...

Jhon D.

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