David S. Willig holds Bachelor of Arts degree French Language & Literature from the University of South Florida, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law. As a law student, he clerked in a Japanese law firm, and after becoming a member of the Florida Bar, he took the bar exam in Lyon, France and became a member of the Bar of Paris, France.
Throughout his legal career, he has practiced international private law, including business and property law, litigation, estates and successions, immigration law and numerous assignments as an international law expert in courts in Florida, France and New York. Mr. Willig was Chair of the International Law Section of the Florida Bar, and remains a member of the Section.
He was among the first to qualify to be a Civil-Law Notary after passage of the Florida legislation creating this new type of notary, different from a Notary Public and more similar to those notaries practicing in “civil-law” jurisdictions such as France, most of continental Europe, and several countries in South and Central America. He is a director of the National Association of Civil Law Notaries (NACLN), and the “informal” ambassador for NACLN to the International Union of Notaries.
David Willig has always maintained a strong interest in languages, both personally and professionally. At the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations in France, he audited advanced courses in Japanese, while matriculated in first-year courses in Korean and Indonesian, at the same time completing two “brevets” in legal translation from the Institute of Comparative Law of the University of Paris II for English and Spanish. He is fluent, even at a professional level, in a number of languages, and has studied many more.