The Orlando Business Journal has named ShuffieldLowman to its Central Florida Law Firms List for 2021. Every year, the publication recognizes the leading law firms ranked by Central Florida attorneys in the Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties of Central Florida. This year, ShuffieldLowman placed in the top ten law firms in Orlando.

The results for the Central Florida Law Firm List is published in the January 15 weekly edition and can be found online on their website here:

Orlando, Florida – James C. Washburn, a partner at the law firm of ShuffieldLowman, recently received the “AV Preeminent” rating, the highest rating available to attorneys by the nationally recognized Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.  The AV Preeminent rating is a result of extensive and confidential reviews conducted among legal professionals in Central Florida.  According to Martindale-Hubbell, the rating signifies the highest standard of legal ability and is a confirmation of an individual’s status as a highly respected, ethical member of the Bar.

Washburn is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in Construction Law.  His practice includes assisting those in the construction industry with contract drafting and negotiation, bid protests, scheduling and construction defect claims, default terminations, licensing issues and lien and bond disputes.

He is a graduate of the University of Florida for both his undergraduate and law school degrees.  Washburn is a frequent lecturer and author on topics concerning the construction industry and he has received numerous legal awards, including being named as both a Legal Elite and Super Lawyer.  He is also an active member and past president of the Rotary Club of Altamonte Springs where he has received the “Service Above Self” award multiple times.

ShuffieldLowman’s five offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand and Port Orange. The firm is a 45 attorney, full service, business law firm, practicing in the areas of corporate law, estate planning, real estate and litigation. Specific areas include tax law, securities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, estate planning and probate, planning for families with closely held businesses, guardianship and elder law, tax controversy – Federal and State, non-profit organization law, banking and finance, land use and government law, commercial and civil litigation, fiduciary litigation, construction law, association law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, labor and employment, and mediation.

ShuffieldLowman served as legal counsel for Forensic Engineering Technologies, one of the largest independent forensic engineering firms in the Southeastern United States, during its sale to J.S. Held, a global consulting firm providing specialized technical, scientific, financial, and advisory services. Forensic Engineering Technologies (FET) is a multi-disciplinary forensic engineering, expert witness, and consulting firm headquartered in Central Florida. FET’s team is composed of industry leading experts in the disciplines of mechanical, biomechanical, electrical, structural, and civil engineering. You can view the full press release HERE.

The ShuffieldLowman team that advised Forensic Engineering Technologies included mergers & acquisitions partners Jason Davis and firm president, William Lowman.



ShuffieldLowman served as legal counsel for MSE Group, an environmental engineering firm, during its sale to Montrose Environmental Group, a leading environmental services company. MSE Group provides environmental assessment, compliance, engineering, and design services primarily to the U.S. federal government. Based in Orlando, Fla., with 3 additional offices, and satellite locations nationwide, MSE’s portfolio encompasses more than 160 federal and non-federal customers nationwide. You can view the full press release HERE.

The ShuffieldLowman team that advised MSE Group included mergers & acquisitions partners Julia Dennis and the firm president, William Lowman, along with paralegals, Darlene Crisler, and Kylea Perrott.