Arthur J. Furia is a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Corporate Practice Group.

A Martindale-Hubbell AV® rated attorney, Art has been named to the Best Lawyers in America® since 2008, Florida Super Lawyers since 2006 and recognized by Florida Trend among its “Must Know Contacts in Miami.” Art has over 30 years of experience serving as counsel to a number of prominent Florida-based corporations. He represents clients in corporate and business law; domestic and international business planning; mergers and acquisitions; partnership formation and joint ventures; venture and mezzanine equity raising, and distribution, licensing and corporate governance for not-for-profit organizations.

Art currently serves as the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Malta in the State of Florida. He was appointed to this position in August 2020.

Art is active in the Italian and Italian-American communities. In June 2008, he was designated “Cavaliere Ufficiale” (Order of Merit) by the President of the Republic of Italy, the highest-ranking honor of the Republic, awarded for his long conspicuous service. In 1992, he was invested into the Master Knights of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, American Association, a sovereign entity of international law with historic roots dating back to 1099 and dedicated to providing international humanitarian assistance and relations. He also serves as a member of the Order of Malta’s board of directors in the Florida region. He has served for many years as board member, executive officer, and General Counsel for the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF). He is also the State of Florida representative for the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy (AMCHAM). Art has actively organized a number of economic and business trade missions to Italy over the past 25 years and has lectured at various business/trade seminars in Italy. He also assisted in organizing blue ribbon delegations of Florida business and governmental leaders on business and trade development missions led by three Florida Governors dating back to 1988.

Art has served on the Board of Directors for the Miami Dade College Foundation since 2002, where he currently serves as Co-Chair of the Development Committee. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. He taught as an adjunct professor in the graduate law program at the University of Miami School of Law and at St. Thomas University Law School for International Business Transactions. Art is also a member of the board of The John F. Scarpa Center for Law Entrepreneurship at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. He was a frequent lecturer in Central America for the Instituto Centroamericano de Administracion de Empresas (INCAE) on legal considerations for doing business in the United States and foreign investment.

Art is admitted to practice in Florida and Pennsylvania. Prior to his legal practice, he was a certified public accountant with the international public accounting firm of Ernst & Young in its Philadelphia office.



  • Villanova University, J.D. 1980
  • Villanova University, B.S. 1974

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Professional and Civic

  • Consular Corps of State of Florida (Honorary Consul of Malta in Florida)
  • Miami-Dade College Foundation, Board of Directors
    • Co-Chair, Development Committee
  • National Italian-American Foundation (NIAF), 2000-2019
    • Member of Executive Committee and General Counsel, Bylaws Committee, Audit Committee
  • Italy-America Chamber of Commerce-Southeast, Past President, Honorary President and Board of Directors
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Milan, Italy, State of Florida Representative
  • American Bar Association Sections of Corporation, Banking and Business Law
  • The Florida Bar Sections of Corporation, Banking, Business and International Law
  • American and Florida Institutes of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit
  • Sovereign Order of Malta, Member of Board of Directors, Florida (2015-2020)
  • Villanova University
    • The John F. Scarpa Center for Law Entrepreneurship at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law Board Member
    • Villanova University Marketing & Public Policy Advisory Board
    • Villanova University Executive Education in Italy Program, Advisory Board
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Board of Governors
  • Biblioteca Ambrosiana Foundation (Milan), Founding Board Member for United States
  • Primo Camera Foundation, Founding Chairman of the Board
  • New World Symphony, Member of Board of Directors, 2001-2005
  • Thomas University, Member of Board of Trustees, 1996-2005
  • Florida Center for Theological Studies, Board of Directors, Member, 2000-2008

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  • Appointed Honorary Consul for the Republic of Malta in Florida, August 2020
  • Designated Cavaliere Ufficiale al Merito della Republica Italiana (The Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy) in June 2008
  • Invested into the Master Knights of the Sovereign Order of Malta, American Association
  • American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rated, 5.0 out of 5.0
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate, Banking and Finance Law, International Mergers & Acquisitions, 2008-2023
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006 through 2020
  • Aventura Magazine, Top Lawyers, 2021
  • Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite, 2006-2011
  • Florida Trend's "Must Know" Contacts in Miami, 2010
  • South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers in South Florida, 2014-2022
  • Miami Today, Book of Leaders, 2016

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