Eric Christu is a partner in the West Palm Beach office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group. Eric and the Shutts IP Practice Group handle all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, and other intellectual property matters.

A Martindale-Hubbell AV® rated attorney, Eric has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America® and was one of the first to be designated by The Florida Bar as Board Certified in Business Litigation. Eric specializes in complex commercial and business disputes, with a focus on intellectual property, construction and real estate issues. He also regularly handles matters involving banking, corporate, and employment issues in state and federal courts.  His active trial practice includes recent cases involving complex intellectual property issues, partnership disputes, and construction defects.

Eric has served as a member of the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Court-Annexed Mediation for the Southern District of Florida, past-President of the Palm Beach County Federal Bar Association, and past-Chair of the Florida Bar Business Litigation Certification Committee.

Credentials

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1984
  • University of Minnesota, B.A. with honors, 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Colorado

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida

Professional and Civic

  • Palm Beach Civic Association, Director
  • Palm Beach County Federal Bar Association, Past President
  • Florida Bar Business Litigation Certification Committee, Past Chair
  • American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry, Past Member, Division Steering Committee
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, ad hoc Advisory Committee on Court-Annexed
  • Mediation (2009-2014)
  • Member – American Intellectual Property Law Association  (AIPLA)

News & Insights

News & Speaking Engagements

Accolades

  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Business Litigation (since 1996)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006, 2007  2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers in South Florida, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Business Litigation

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