Mr. Powers was born and raised in Miami, Florida. After graduating from Archbishop Curley High School in 1964, he went attended the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and majored in French. He spent the summer after his junior year traveling abroad in Europe and studying French at a school in Pau, France while living with a local French family. After graduation from college in 1968, Mr. Powers returned to Miami and attended University of Miami Law School and joined Delta Theta Phi law fraternity. However, law school was interrupted by the War in Vietnam. After the first year of law school Mr. Powers enlisted in the Navy and served as a personnel man aboard a destroyer DD-763 William C. Law based in Jacksonville, Florida and as a French interpreter for the Navy at Mare Island, California. Later he attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island and Damage Control School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He served as a line officer aboard a cable repair ship ARC-2 Neptune for two years. After the decommissioning of his ship, Mr. Powers served in the Naval Reserves and subsequently received an honorable discharge. Mr. Powers returned to the University of Miami School of law and graduated in 1976. While in law school Mr. Powers clerked for a defense law firm on Miami Beach and worked in the law school library. In the last year of law school he was an intern with Legal Services of Greater Miami and specialized in civil litigation. After passing the Florida Bar Mr. Powers worked in a large law firm in Miami for 11 years and specialized in the defense of cases concerning general liability, products liability, and medical malpractice involving doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes. Mr. Powers then worked for two years in a small law firm in Ft. Lauderdale with a varied legal practice and he gained experience in probate estates, liability cases, domestic cases, and landlord-tenant cases. In 1990 Mr. Powers started working for a law firm in Miami specializing in workers' compensation law. For five (5) years Mr. Powers spent his vacations in Costa Rica in a two week total immersion Spanish language program attending language school and living with a local family in San Jose, Costa Rica. Mr. Powers obtained a Masters Degree of Business Administration from Barry University and in 1994 he was admitted into Delta Mu Delta, the National Honorary Society in Business Administration. Mr. Powers also obtained a Master of Science Degree in Health Services Administration from Barry University. In the year 2000, Mr. Powers joined the law firm of William E. Gregory & Associates, P.A. specializing in the defense of employers and carriers in workers' compensation cases throughout the State of Florida. Mr. Powers also handles appeals, social security disability cases, longshore cases, landlord-tenant cases, wills, probate estates, garnishments, debtor-creditor cases, and general liability cases.
He is the member of the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association, the Workers' Compensation Section of the Florida Bar, and the Dade County Bar Association. He is a member of the United States District Court of the Southern and Middle Districts in Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is also a member of the Defense Research Institute. He regularly attends Workers' Compensation continuing legal education seminars and conventions.
He is a former member of the Kwannis Club and the Emerald Society of South Florida. He is currently serving a second term as a Recorder for St. Louis Council 14730 of the Knights of Columbus. He is also a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and the Faithful Navigator of Our Lady of Guadalupe Assembly 3201. He has served in the Color Corps of the Knights of Columbus. He is currently the secretary of the Catholic Lawyers Guild that sponsors the annual Red Mass for the legal profession in Miami. He is also on the parish council at St. Louis Catholic Church in Pinecrest, FL as president.