William J. Cea


Professional Experience

Bill Cea is a Board Certified Construction Attorney and Certified Circuit Civil Court Mediator, and is the current Chair of the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Construction Law Committee. Following law school, Mr. Cea practiced law at a firm in Central Florida where he later became a named partner. He joined Becker & Poliakoff in 2001, and is a shareholder in the firm's West Palm Beach office. With over twenty-five years of experience, Mr. Cea has handled a wide array of legal matters. He also puts that experience to use as a mediator where cases often involve multiple parties, claims and insurance coverage issues


Mr. Cea concentrates his practice in the areas of construction defects litigation and public procurement. He has served as lead counsel in high-profile bid protest cases and routinely represents private companies doing business with government agencies during the RFP, bidding, and negotiation and selection process. He has handled federal, state and local procurement matters in construction, design build and construction management, transportation, professional services, food and vendor concessions, towing, information technology, landscaping and property management, airport services, public-private partnerships and developments, veterans services, public housing, traffic cameras, and office services and equipment projects throughout Florida.


As a former assistant city attorney and general counsel, Mr. Cea has represented governmental bodies including the City of Winter Haven, The Winter Haven Housing Authority, The Community Redevelopment Agency of Winter Haven, The Town of Southwest Ranches, Collier County, The Village of Wellington and other public bodies on a case by case basis. He has assisted local government agencies with the drafting, amendment and implementation of purchasing ordinances, policies and procedures and solicitation and contract documents including invitations to bid, requests for proposals, requests for qualifications and implementation of the Consultants' Competitive Negotiation Act (CCNA), Public-Private Partnership Statute, among other laws.


As a Board Certified Construction Attorney, Mr. Cea has handled multi-million dollar construction disputes, including defect cases on behalf of community associations, individual property owners, contractors, design professionals and developers. These matters include both the prosecution and defense of “turnover claims,” involving the transition of control of community association buildings and improvements from a developer to a condominium or homeowners association. Mr. Cea Has also handled turnover claims in the context of condominium conversions. His experience with construction matters includes drafting agreements, handling payment and performance disputes, navigating the Chapter 558 – Notice of Claims process, and defective construction and building code violation claims.

Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • State University of New York at Albany, cum laude
  • University of Miami, J.D., cum laude
Common Bidding Mistakes February 25, 2011
December 16, 2016