William J. Dunaway


Professional Experience:

Will practices primarily in the area of environmental and land use law.  He has experience in local, state, and federal land use planning and the associated environmental permitting.  Will has negotiated environmental matters at the federal, state, and local governmental level.  He represents clients before local government commissions, councils, and boards on land use and environmental issues.  Will’s litigation training began in the military justice system where he served as a trial and defense counsel and ultimately a Military Judge.

Following his retirement from the Navy, Will and his family moved back to Pensacola and the City they grew to love during several tours of duty.  His wife, Beth, is a special education teacher in the Escambia County School District.

At the University of Mississippi Law School, Will served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Mississippi Law Journal.  While at The George Washington University Law School, Will interned at the Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President.

Will served as the 2018-19 President of Pensacola-Cordova Rotary.  Will joined Rotary in April 2012 and became involved with leadership after attending RLI training.  He is a graduate of RLI I, II, and III plus graduate Foundation and Discussion Leader training.  He attended the RI Convention in Atlanta and served as a volunteer with the host committee.  Will was designated a Paul Harris Fellow by the club in 2015.  He became a Paul Harris Society member in 2017 and a Bequeath Society member in 2018 as part of the District Million Dollar Dinner.  In 2018, Will was selected by the Combined Rotary Clubs of Greater Pensacola and the University of West Florida College of Business as their “Ethics in Business Award” recipient.

Will continues to show dedication to his profession and community by being an advocate for persons experiencing homelessness at Satoshi Forest.  Through his volunteer work with groups like NAIOP, where he serves as past president of the local and state chapters, Will is working to ensure economic growth continues not only in Escambia County, but throughout the Florida Panhandle.  In 2018, Will was awarded NAIOP NW Florida’s Member of the Year.

When he has a free moment, Will enjoys many outdoor activities including fresh and saltwater kayaking, hiking, and camping.

Will is a Martindale AV rated attorney licensed to practice law in the states of Mississippi and Florida.


  • AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • American Bar Association, Law Practice Division Member
  • The Florida Bar – Florida Environmental & Land Use Law Section (ELULS)
  • Escambia Santa Rosa Bar Association
  • NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, President, 2016-2017
  • Florida Association of Environmental Professionals (FAEP)
  • Florida Local Environmental Resource Agencies, Inc. (FLERA)
  • Sacred Heart Foundation Development Board (300 Hearts), 2009-2013
  • Rotary Club of Pensacola, Inc. (Cordova Chapter), President, 2018-2019

William J. Dunaway


Pensacola, FL
Destin, FL
Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Direct: 850.208.7020
Cell: 850.512.2831

Email Address:

Legal Secretary

Nicole Laliberte


Barbara Sponburgh

Areas of Practice
  • Construction & Development
    • Environmental & Land Use
    • Real Estate Transactions & Real Property Development
  • Environmental & Land Use
    • Real Estate Transactions & Real Property Development
  • Litigation
    • Administrative
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Eminent Domain & Condemnation
  • Real Estate
    • Eminent Domain & Condemnation
    • Real Estate Litigation
    • Real Estate Transactions & Real Property Development


  • LL.M. Enviornmental Law, The George Washington University Law School, 2002
  • J.D., University of Mississippi, 1992
  • B.S., University of Mississippi, 1986


Admittance to Practice
  • All Florida State Courts
  • All Mississippi State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

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