The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm family expresses its sadness with the news of the passing of attorney William “Bill” McBride.
Bill, a Tampa-area lawyer, ran for governor of Florida in 2002, but lost to then-Governor Jeb Bush. Bill’s wife, Alex Sink, was the 2010 Democratic candidate for governor. According to the Miami Herald, Bill suffered a heart attack while on a family holiday trip to Mount Airy, North Carolina. Prior to Bill’s entry into politics, he was managing partner of Holland & Knight LLP.
It was at Holland & Knight where I first met Bill. I was a second-year associate with an idea of starting a sports practice. At a firm meeting, I was bold enough to pitch the idea to him. Bill, true to his nature, was intrigued and requested me to submit a business plan. The business plan led to the establishment of Holland & Knight’s college sports practice. During the launch and growth of the practice at Holland & Knight, Bill became a mentor to me. His vision and trust allowed me, as a young professional, to develop the skills that I use at MLBLF. Without Bill, I would not be doing what I love.
On behalf of MLBLF professionals, I wanted to extend my condolences to Alex, Bill’s children and other members of the McBride family. Bill was a great man, and I will miss him.
–Michael L. Buckner, Shareholder