Bud Bennington is an accomplished trial attorney with more than 35 years of experience representing a variety of clients in complex business litigation matters.  His extensive trial experience ranges from complex “white collar” cases to intricate business litigation matters.  As a partner with Shutts & Bowen, Bud continues to be a leader in the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group, having served as the groups’ Co-Chair for more than seven years.

Bud has appeared in federal and state courts, as well as before governmental organizations and administrative agencies.  He is a legal strategist who has trained, managed and mentored numerous attorneys throughout his career while also serving as lead counsel in multifaceted litigation actions for a number of Fortune 500 companies. Bud represents clients in a number of industries including:

  • Hospitality
  • Development
  • Large-Scale Homebuilders
  • Lenders
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Internet-Based Companies
  • Real Estate
  • Construction

Bud’s exceptional advocacy skills are the cornerstone of his practice in the negotiation and resolution of complicated business disputes including:

  • Contracts
  • Securities
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Computer Abuse
  • Cyber Security
  • Deceptive Trade Practice Claims

Bud’s legal abilities have earned him the distinction of being recognized by his peers as an “AV” top-rated attorney in the Martindale-Hubbell legal index, as well as being selected as a Florida Super Lawyer. His legal insight and opinion has also brought about the opportunity for him to appear as a guest legal commentator on different occasions for television news programs on ABC News, CNBC, and CNN.



  • Ohio Northern University, J.D., with honors, 1977
  • Marietta College, B.A., with honors, 1974

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Colorado

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional and Civic

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Junior Achievement of Central Florida, Board of Directors, 2015-2016
  • The University of Tennessee Parents Council Member/Student Recruitment Committee

News & Insights


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Rated
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

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