Chadwick (“Chad”) Crews is a partner in the Orlando office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group.

Chad has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers in the areas of commercial litigation and real estate law. He also has extensive experience as a litigator and in transactional matters related to land use, zoning and environmental law. He is a sixth-generation Floridian with deep roots in Central Florida. He uses his endemic knowledge of the local market and experience in real estate to advise owners, developers and businesses on the procurement, disposition, sale and development of land throughout the area, with a focus on single and multi-family home developers.

Chad’s practices focus on representing clients in transactions related to real estate development, including acquisitions, sales, financing, land use matters, water management district and zoning issues, as well as the purchase, sale and financing of hotels, restaurants and golf clubs. On a recent project, he represented the land owners of a 2,000-acre residential and commercial property coordinating development efforts with local governmental authorities. His work involves contract negotiations, capacity enhancement agreements, and drafting complex cooperation agreements between land owners, among other matters. Chad also represents hotel, restaurant and bar owners in filing for and transferring alcoholic beverage and tobacco licenses.

Chad has extensive experience with environmental compliance, permitting, and environmental risk management, including wetland, hazardous waste, endangered species, conservation areas, asbestos and CERCLA issues.

Chad’s additional experience related to transactions involving real property includes:

  • Construction Lending for Hotels, Residential and Mixed-Use Developments
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Complex Land Use, Concurrency and Other Development Approvals
  • Complex Real Estate/Corporate Entity Transactions, including recently in connection with a 4000+ Unit Mixed-Use Project

Prior to joining Shutts, Chad was an attorney with the Department of Children & Families in Brevard County and Orlando.



  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2004
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., Philosophy, with honors, 1999

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

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

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  • Florida Super Lawyers, Real Estate, Rising Star, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

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