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C. Todd Willis

C. Todd Willis



Todd prevents and solves problems on behalf of the financial services, life insurance, lending, banking, real estate, and annuity industries. In doing so, his practice focuses, in part, on complex civil litigation, class actions, and commercial disputes in federal and state courts. He has broad experience in a variety of substantive areas, including sales practice actions, RICO, regulatory and state statutory violations, including unfair competition and deceptive trade practices claims, and individual common law claims.

The other portion of Todd’s practice focuses on representing institutional lenders, banks, national and local real estate developers, and individual investors in a wide range of commercial real estate and finance transactions, including loan agreements, purchases and sales of existing properties, and new developments.

In addition, Todd has an active pro bono practice, representing numerous families in adoptions, custody disputes, and immigration matters. Todd has also advocated for children as a guardian ad litem.


  • Hibbard v. Allianz Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., No. 6:18-cv-00063 (M.D. Fla. June 12, 2018) (all three counts dismissed against Allianz with prejudice on motion to dismiss).
  • Cruz v. Am. Sec. Ins. Co., No. 6:16-cv-01317, 2016 WL 5791245 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 4, 2016) (dismissal with prejudice of complaint alleging fraud).
  • Hicks v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No. 8:15–cv–00454, 2015 WL 4474593 (M.D. Fla. July 16, 2015) (securing stay for insurer while order was sought in related class action barring plaintiff from re-litigating claims).
  • Negrete v. Allianz Life Ins. Co., No. 2:05-cv-06838 (C.D. Cal.) (class action).
  • Ostrow v. Allianz Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., No. 2009 CA 007621 (D.C. Super. Ct. 2011) (dismissal of representative action alleging consumer protection claims against insurer).
  • Hardy v. Minn. Life Ins. Co., No. 1:08-cv-02714 (D. Minn. 2010).
  • Mooney v. Allianz Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., No. 0:06-cv-00545 (D. Minn. 2009) (defense jury verdict following three-week trial in 350,000-member sales practices class action).
  • Benefit Consultants, Inc. v. Fortis Cos., No. 28611 (Tenn. Ch. Ct. May 26, 2005) (assisted financial services client in obtaining a $70 million jury verdict).
  • Eisenberg v. Assurant Grp., No. GIC 795771 (Ca. Sup. Ct.)‚Äč.


  • Contributor to annual updates for Handbook on ERISA Litigation (3d ed.)
  • Frequent Contributor, Expect Focus
  • Firm Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Litigation
  • Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Board Member, National Justice for Our Neighbors

Speaking Engagements

  • “Class Actions and the Upside Down,” Association of Corporate Counsel Central Florida (ACC) Presentation, Orlando, FL (February 15, 2018).


  • University of Florida College of Law (J.D., with high honors, 2003)
    • Member, Florida Law Review
  • Florida Southern College (B.A., summa cum laude, 1999)
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida


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