Erik M. Hanson is a partner in the Sarasota office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Construction Law Practice Group.

Erik focuses his practice on construction law, including the negotiation and drafting of construction contracts and construction dispute resolution. He has argued numerous appeals, including before the Second District Court of Appeal.

His previous experience includes trial practice and dispute resolution in construction, commercial, real estate and intellectual property litigation, as well as trust and estate disputes. Erik earned his Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, in 2012 from Stetson University College of Law, where he was honored with the E. Harris Drew Award for excellence in written and oral advocacy, as well as the William F. Blews Award for his exceptional volunteering efforts with Habitat for Humanity and VITA tax preparation services.



  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D. (2012)
    • Stetson Law’s Moot Court Team
      • Managing Justice (2011-2012)
      • Moot Court Competition - The Florida Bar’s Annual Convention, Boca Raton (2010)
        • Best Oralist Award (Erik Hanson)
        • Best Brief Award (Stetson Moot Court Team)
        • Best Advocate Award (Stetson Moot Court Team)
    • Stetson Law Review
      • Senior Associate (2011-2012)
    • Harris Drew Award
    • William F. Blews Award
  •  Florida Gulf Coast University, B.A., Political Science (2007)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • All Florida State Courts
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Professional and Civic

  • Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance
    • Board of Directors
      • Chair (2023)
    • Young Leaders Alliance
      • Director (2015)
  • The Florida Bar
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
    • Technology Committee
      • Chairman (2012-2013)
    • Young Lawyer’s Division
  • American Bar Association
  • Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce
    • Young Professionals Group
  • Scheb Inn of Court, Member
  • Sarasota Southside Rotary Club, Member
  • Sarasota-Manatee Bicycle Club, Member
  • Southeastern Guide Dogs
    • Walkathon Committee
      • Income Development Chair (2014)


  • Recent Developments, 41 Stetson L. Rev. 525–623 (2012)

News & Insights


  • Presenter, Construction Contract Drafting – Five of the Most Important Provisions to Consider When Advising Your Clients, The Construction Law Committee of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar (May 9, 2022)

    Presenter, "Basics of Construction Contracts," Florida Gulf Coast University Construction Management (September 18, 2020)
  • Presenter, “Changing Your Construction Contracts for COVID-19," Gulf Coast Builders Exchange (August 18, 2020)

Industry Focus


  • SRQ Magazine, “Elite Top Attorneys” Award Guide - Construction (2021)
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Construction Litigation, 2023, 2024

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