W.M. Chanfrau, Sr. is the founder of our group of Central Florida personal injury attorneys here in Daytona Beach. With decades of experience and a stellar reputation in his community and throughout the Florida state, Mr. Chanfrau's commitment to excellence and the pursuit of justice for all of his clients is the cornerstone of our practice.
W. M. Chanfrau, Sr. – In his Own Words
My friends call me Bill. I'm proud to be a plaintiff's attorney. I strongly believe in the civil justice system and the right to retain an attorney on a contingency fee basis. These fundamental elements of trial law level what would otherwise be an imbalanced playing field, weighted heavily in favor of the liability insurance industry and corporate America. I’ve been board certified by the Florida Bar since 1983. As president of the local bar association, I helped found a legal clinic for the poor and organized local attorneys to provide Pro Bono services. I’ve received a variety of awards for my practice over the years, but I’m perhaps most proud of the Martindale-Hubbell's recognition of my practice in its Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers.
I love tennis, golf, racquetball and avid fan of Florida State University football. My roots run deep in the Volusia County justice system. My maternal grandmother was the Florida's first female court reporter in 1936, and my father was appointed by the Governor to succeed her as the Official Court Reporter in 1960.
Our firm aggressively pursues the interests of our clients within the rules and laws of the state of Florida.
Meet Personal Injury Attorney W. M. Chanfrau, Sr.
W. M. Chanfrau, Sr. has practiced law for more than 40 years, and is now proud to work alongside both his son and daughter. He speaks about how much of a difference it makes when you can ease a client's immense despair and frustration. It is important to all of us here at Chanfrau & Chanfrau that our clients feel supported and confident about their cases.
Honors & Distinctions
About W. M. Chanfrau, Sr.
W. M. Chanfrau, Sr. has had a distinguished and rewarding career in law. In more than three decades as an attorney, he has tried cases in some of the top courtrooms in Florida.
- Florida Bar Board Certified — Civil Trial
- Admittance to Florida State Bar (1973)
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (1975)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court (1976)
Honors and Awards
Pro Bono Award by the Florida Supreme Court (1982), awarded to members of the Florida Bar who have distinguished themselves in professional service. Pro Bono award was presented in recognition to of my efforts as President of the Volusia County Bar Association establishing the Volusia County Lawyer Service Project (providing free legal services to those incapable of paying for an attorney in civil matters.
Currently listed in Martindale Hubbell's Bar Register of Pre-eminent Attorney (1996 to present) and AV Rated (An AV Rating indicates that the attorney has reached the height of professional excellence, demonstrating the highest levels of skill and integrity. An AV Rating is achieved only through independent peer review).
- American Jurisprudence Award for Contracts and Criminal Law
- Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Silver Eagle Award for Outstanding Leadership, (1989 & 1991)
- Ad Hoc Professor – Stetson College of Law
- Member: Editorial Board, Stetson Law Review (1972- 1973)
- Founder, Volusia County Volunteer Lawyer’s Project (1982)
- Member of the Volusia County Bar Association, President (1982), 1982
- Member of the Florida Bar (May 1, 1973 to present)
- Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney by The Florida Bar, Board of Legal Specialization in Education (1983 to present), Chairman Ethics Committee
- Member of the Florida Justice Association (Board member 1983 to 1989)
- Founding President of Volusia Civil Trial Attorney's Association (1986 to present)
- Sustaining Member of the American Justice Association (1978 to present)
- Member of the Young Lawyer's Division by the Florida Bar (1982 to 1986)
- Judicial Nominating commission of the Fifth District Court Appeal Appeals member (1992); Chairman (1994 to 1995)
- Member of the Seventh Judicial Circuit Chairman, Grievance Committee (1984-1986)
- Chairman of the Volusia County Bar Association Grievance Committee (1985 to 1986)
- Admitted to U.S. Middle District of Florida, U.S. Supreme Court
Pro Bono/Community Service
Pro Bono Award by the Florida Supreme Court (1982), awarded to members of the Florida Bar who have distinguished themselves in professional service. Pro Bono award was presented in recognition to of my efforts as President of the Volusia County Bar Association establishing the Volusia County Lawyer Service Project (providing free legal services to indigents). , 1982,
- Rotary Club of Ormond Beach, Florida (1980 to present, President 2001)
- Daytona Beach Quarterback Club (1978-2003)
- President of local Florida State University Boosters (1986)
- Florida State University Seminole Boosters Golden Chief (2001 – present)
- Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce
- Sponsor and volunteer in the Daytona Beach International Festival (1986 – present)
- Daytona Beach YMCA Board of Directors (1984 – 1988)
- Served as a coach for soccer (12 – 15 years), Flag Football, T-Ball, Softball and Hobie Sailing
- Episcopal Church St. James of Ormond Beach, Florida, Vestry (1986 – 1992), Currently Lay Eucharistic Minister at St. James Episcopal Church. Lay Leader/Facilitator Lazarus Men’s Bible Study (1989-2009)
- Stetson University College of Law, (graduated 3rd of 178)
- Member of Stetson University College of Law Review (1973)
- Stetson University College of Law Juris Doctorate conferred (Cum Laude 1973)
- Stetson University College of Law, Adjunct Professor (1973)
- Florida State University, BS Degree (1968)
- Florida State University Hall of Fame (1967)
- Seabreeze High School, Daytona Beach, Florida, (1964)
- Delta Tau Delta social fraternity at Florida State University, President (1963)
- Member of Florida State University Gold Key and Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Foundation (1964 to 1968)
Commissioned Officer in the United States Navy Reserve, Ensign (1968 – 1976), active duty (1968 – 1971) submarine base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii reached rank of Lieutenant United States Navy Reserve before honorable discharge.