2021 Vault Rankings
About Shutts & Bowen LLP
Shutts & Bowen is a full-service law firm, nearly 300 attorneys strong, with eight offices spanning the Sunshine State from Tallahassee to Miami.
Yin & Yang
Shutts & Bowen was founded in 1910 by Frank B. Shutts, a Midwest transplant. Shutts was known for more than his law practice—he also founded the Miami Herald and was a prominent figure in Miami development projects such as the acquisition of Bayfront Park from the Florida East Coast Railway and the construction of the Tamiami Trail and Dixie Highway. Meanwhile, Crate Bowen, the other name on the firm letterhead, kept his focus solely on the firm. Bowen was extremely dedicated to the practice of law—so much so that he declined an appointment from President Coolidge to the federal bench. Since its inception, the firm has been home to some big names in Florida and beyond, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sherman Minton, who worked at the firm before his judicial tenure.
A Leader in Finance
As a full-service firm, Shutts & Bowen has 40 unique practice groups running the gamut from financial services and corporate work to litigation and class actions to government law and white collar criminal defense—to name a few. The firm’s main industry focuses are aerospace and defense, agriculture, automotive, cargo/port services, construction, energy, financial services, government, health care, hospitality, insurance, manufacturing, maritime, and real estate. While the firm’s Floridian focus naturally brings local business through the door, the Shutts & Bowen client roster includes plenty of nationwide and international names too.
One area where Shutts & Bowen really shines is in banking and finance, with deep expertise navigating lending and financing transactions and statutory and regulatory issues. The group represents domestic and international issuers and investors; underwriters, insurers, and placement agents; buyers, sellers, brokers, and dealers; investment and commercial banks; credit unions; venture capital and private equity funds; public and private companies; general and limited partnerships; trust companies; non-profits; and industry trade groups. The firm has long had a hand in shaping the banking and finance regulatory environment—for example, Schutts & Bowen attorneys were key to establishing the 1978 Florida law allowing foreign banks to set up shop in the state.
Helping Across the State
Shutts & Bowen attorneys use their talents to serve the Florida community. In 2020, the firm dedicated 3,740 hours—worth $1.6 million of billable time—to a variety of pro bono matters. The firm supports organizations and initiatives such as Broward Lawyers Care, the Dade County Bar Associate Small Claims Clinic, Project H.E.L.P. (Homeless Experience Legal Protection), Lawyers Assisting Warriors, and the Small Claims Clinic run by Put Something Back in Miami. The firm also serves as counsel for the United Way of Palm Beach County and to the Seniors First organization in Orlando. Shutts & Bowen attorneys have also taken on multiple Hague Convention Child Abduction cases, which are referred by the U.S. State Department.
201 South Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 3131
Managing Partner: Michael J. (‘Micky”) Grindstaff
Total No. Attorneys 2021:
150 - 250
Director of Legal Recruitment and Professional Development
No. of U.S. Offices: 8
No. of International Offices: 0
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Miami, FL (HQ)
West Palm Beach, FL
Commercial Leasing & Lending
Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy
Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
Health Law & Life Sciences
International Dispute Resolution
Labor and Employment
Trusts and Estates
White Collar Criminal Defense & Governmental Investigations
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.