|Clyde H. "Buzz" Wilson, Jr. heads his firm's national practice in complex business litigation, with emphasis in the subject areas of computer, Internet and high technology litigation. He has personally handled cases and controversies in more than 40 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign countries.
Mr. Wilson has also recently announced his availability to act as arbitrator of complex business cases. With forty years of litigation/arbitration experience, Mr. Wilson is positioned to use this experience to better serve as arbitrator in more cases. While he has served many times in the past as an arbitrator, he has never before made this a focus of his practice, until recently.
Mr. Wilson has been featured in articles on technology litigation in such national newspapers as The Wall Street Journal, and The Christian Science Monitor, as well as regional and local newspapers. His cases have been featured on 60 Minutes, 20/20 and Inside Edition. The Lawyer's Weekly, a national newspaper for lawyers, has featured Mr. Wilson in several articles including one full page article devoted to Mr. Wilson and his book. The American Banker carried a cover story naming Mr. Wilson as one of two "hired guns" available to bankers when dealing with the computer and software industry. The Software Law Bulletin, a leading national publication in its field, described him as "one of America's most successful trial attorneys in computer cases."
In 1988, he won an eight figure verdict that set a national record in computer related litigation and is believed to have been, at that time, Florida's highest verdict. He tried the landmark case of Aukerman v. Chaides in northern California, which received national pretrial coverage in many newspapers and periodicals. The trial resulted in a seven figure award of treble damages to Mr. Wilson's client. Mr. Wilson served as lead counsel for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) in the preparation of an amicus brief, filed in November 1995 in the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark case of Markman v. Westview, which determined the scope of jury trials in patent cases. Mr. Wilson and his partner, John Jaffer, served as counsel for the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers in an amicus brief filed in the Eleventh Circuit in the landmark software case of Bateman v. Mnemonics, Inc., involving the law of trade secrets.
Mr. Wilson is the author of the book, Winning Techniques for Computer and High Tech Litigation, published by Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, P.O. Box 30040, Tucson, AZ 85751. His other publications include numerous articles in The Florida Bar Journal, The Computer Lawyer, The Advocate and Trial Magazine, and a chapter on software litigation for The Law of Software, a three volume treatise. He served as Associate Editor of the Computer Litigation Journal, a publication of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association, and authored several articles for that publication.
Mr. Wilson is a frequent lecturer at trial and computer law seminars for lawyers. He has chaired two national trial seminars and has lectured at more than fifty seminars and conventions for such organizations as the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar Association, CLE International, the FBI, Data Processing Management Association, The Florida Judges Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, American Land Title Association, National Association of Accountants, National Association of Internal Auditors, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Florida Association of Licensed Investigators, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and several law schools.
Mr. Wilson is the sponsor of the National Law Net, the first legal topic webpage in the southeast, which was once independently ranked as being in the top 5% of the entire web in webpage popularity.
Mr. Wilson served as a litigation planning and avoidance consultant to several prominent entities, including the Washington D.C. Council of Governments, consisting of seventeen city, county, state and federal governments in that region.
In 2005, Mr. Wilson served seven years as an adjunct professor at the University Of Florida College Of Law, where he taught a senior level course titled "Intellectual Property Litigation.”
He has served three terms as Chairperson of The Florida Bar Computer Law Committee. He is a past Chairperson of the Commercial Litigation Section of the AFTL, and was an officer and director of the Commercial Litigation Section of ATLA. He served as a Chairperson of the Intellectual Property Litigation Committee of ATLA, and served on the Commercial Litigation Advisory Committee of that organization. Mr. Wilson was appointed by Governor Graham to serve as a charter member of the Florida High Technology Innovation Research and Development Board, and later served as special counsel to that board. He was a charter member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company (FLMIC), the Florida Bar sponsored professional liability carrier, and served on the Board of Overseers of Stetson University College of Law and the Board of Trustees of the University of Florida College of Law.
Mr. Wilson is certified as a Computer/Technology Law Mediator by The Florida Bar.
He is a member of The Florida Bar and District of Columbia Bar, and admitted to practice in numerous courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, several U.S. Courts of Appeal, several U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and all Florida federal and state courts. He practices law with the firm of Wilson Jaffer, P.A., in Sarasota, Florida.