ShuffieldLowman Ranked as a Top Central Florida Law Firm in the Orlando Business Journal

ShuffieldLowman Ranked as a Top Central Florida Law Firm in the Orlando Business Journal

ShuffieldLowman has once again been ranked as a top law firm in Central Florida by the Orlando Business Journal. 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.

Last year, ShuffieldLowman was also named a 2019 Readers’ Choice Winner by the OBJ for Best Local Law Firm. OBJ readers were invited to submit votes in several categories in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Brevard and Volusia counties for the 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards. Thousands of readers participated and then the top finalists in each category went head-to-head in an OBJ Business Pulse poll.

The results for the Central Florida Law Firm List is published in the January 17 weekly edition and can be found online on their website here: https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/subscriber-only/2020/01/16/central-florida-law-firms.html.

ShuffeldLowman Names Daniel B. Harris and James C. Washburn as Firm Partners

ShuffeldLowman Names Daniel B. Harris and James C. Washburn as Firm Partners

Orlando, Florida – The law firm of ShuffieldLowman recently named attorneys Daniel B. Harris and James C. Washburn as firm partners.  Harris, with the firm since 2013, holds an advanced law degree LL. M. in Taxation.  His practice areas include Estate Planning & Probate, Planning for High Net Worth Families with Closely Held Business, Tax Advice & Controversy, Corporate Law, and Non-Profit Law.  Washburn, with the firm since 2014, 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.

Harris is a graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, holding both an Estates & Trusts Practice Certificate, and an Environmental & Land Use Law Certificate. Harris has authored articles on taxation published by The Florida Bar, and he has served as a judge at the National Tax Moot Court competition sponsored by The Florida Bar Tax Section.  He is currently the Vice-Chair of Central Florida Hillel, Inc.

Washburn is a graduate of the University of Florida for both his undergraduate and law school degrees.  He 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 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 four 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.

Attorney Robert M. Baldwin Joins ShuffieldLowman

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – ShuffieldLowman recently announced that attorney Robert M. Baldwin has joined the firm, working in the DeLand office as Senior Counsel in the area of estate planning.  Baldwin brings more than 15 years of large, national law firm experience to the community of Deland and the surrounding Volusia County area.  His prior legal experience spans everything from estate planning, family law, bankruptcy, and tax, to contract and civil law.

Baldwin received his B.A. from Kent State University and his J.D. from Ohio Northern University, where he completed a legal sabbatical at Oxford University.  He is a member of the Bar in Florida, Michigan, and Washington, D.C. and admitted to practice before the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida and the Western District of Michigan.

Active in his community, Baldwin is a member of two local bands and he and his wife regularly perform at the Athens Theatre in DeLand.

ShuffieldLowman’s four offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand and Port Orange. The firm is a 40 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.

Attorney Ryan J. Vescio Joins ShuffieldLowman

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – ShuffieldLowman recently announced that Ryan J. Vescio has joined the firm, working in the Orlando office’s litigation section.

Vescio formerly served as an assistant state attorney for 15 years, conducting more than 150 jury trials while prosecuting cases involving everything from high profile homicides to child abuse and sex trafficking cases.  Vescio’s experience handling a wide variety of complex cases, working with a large network of attorneys, judges and experts and navigating the complexities of the court system, he now puts to work as a commercial, civil and fiduciary litigator.

Vescio holds his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad Law Center and his B.A., in Political Science, from the University of Central Florida.  While attending UCF, he joined the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and has been an avid and lifelong supporter of the organization, serving currently on the International Board of Directors.  He also serves as a Director of the UCF Alumni Board.  Vescio is a member of The Florida Bar and The Ohio bar.

ShuffieldLowman’s four offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand and Port Orange. The firm is a 40 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.

Client Spotlight: Florida Surety Bonds, Inc.

Client Spotlight: Florida Surety Bonds, Inc.

Promises are really the bottom line when it comes to bonded work – promises to fulfill obligations in the event of disruptions to project completion and/or payment.  Florida Surety Bonds, Inc. has helped their clients to keep their promises for 20 years, and grown into the largest independently owned bond agency in Florida.  They enjoy a much-deserved sterling reputation, affording them the credibility and clout to provide a wide variety of customized bonds in a timely and efficient manner, delivered with outstanding service.  According to Kim Niv, Vice President/Principal, “We’re known for investing in relationships, providing continuing guidance, support and information.  Some clients have consulted with us for many years before they actually need our services, and we are happy to help them navigate the complexities of the bond system.  They know we are here for them when they need us.”

Working with businesses of all sizes, from some of the largest contractors in the state to start-up companies, Florida Surety Bonds focuses on designing the best bond program for each client, using one of their 50+ surety companies.  They have negotiated pre-approved lines of credit for clients, which means faster service.  Thanks to their bonds-only expertise, and outstanding reputation with surety companies as an ethical partner, Florida Surety Bonds has qualified for exclusive surety appointments within the State of Florida.  This gives their clients unmatched access to maximum programs and minimum rates with the most competitive conditions.  This combination of experience and market access allows the agency to help clients grow their businesses, working with them as an integral part of their team, and problem-solving as they pursue new job opportunities together.

Bonds available through Florida Surety Bonds, Inc., include contract bonds (bid, performance, and payment), commercial, civil court, and license and permit bonds.  Applying for smaller bonds is made simple with an online application tool for contractors and a helpful FAQ section of the company website.  But they invite business owners to sit down with one of their expert agents to custom craft larger programs.

Florida Surety Bonds, Inc. is proud to recommend ShuffieldLowman to clients and prospective clients when they need legal assistance, including contract review, estate planning, and dispute resolution.