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Overview

Ben Gibson is an attorney in the Tallahassee office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is Vice-Chair of the Appellate practice group.  His statewide practice focuses on government, political, and corporate clients representing them in government affairs, appellate, litigation, and administrative matters.

Most recently, Ben was named general counsel to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Transition Team, advising the new administration on legal issues and the appointment of three Florida Supreme Court justices.  Before joining Shutts, Ben served as the Deputy General Counsel and an Assistant General Counsel to Florida Governor Rick Scott for nearly five years, where he helped advise the Governor on the appointment of more than 120 judges to Florida’s county, circuit, DCA, and Supreme Courts. His extensive responsibilities included providing legal counsel to the Executive Office of the Governor and overseeing high profile legal issues at executive branch agencies.

Gibson’s government law practice includes serving as counsel to state entities, advising on public records, the Sunshine Law, and ethics issues as well as representing clients before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.

His state and federal election law practice focuses on advising candidates, party organizations, and political committees and representing clients in compliance and enforcement matters.  As general counsel to the Republican Party of Florida he led all of the party’s legal efforts during the 2018 election cycle including through three statewide recounts.

With a deep understanding of Florida government and politics, Ben has also worked as an attorney with the Florida House of Representatives helping to author the largest rewrite of Florida’s growth management laws in 25 years.  Prior to joining Shutts, Ben founded his own law firm focusing on government and election law.

Education

  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2008
    • Member, Journal of Transnational Law & Policy, 2006-2008
  • University of Florida, B.A., in Political Science, cum laude, 2005

Court Admissions

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

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Professional and Civic Activities

  • First District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission, appointed by Governor, 2018-present
  • State Board of Education, appointed by Governor and confirmed by State Senate, 2017-present
  • Florida Virtual School, Board of Trustees, 2019-present
  • Board of Governors, The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division elected from Second Circuit, June 2012- present
    • Executive Committee, 2019-2020; Co-Chair, Legislative Affairs Committee, 2019-2020; Chair, Co-Chair, Health & Wellness Committee, 2015-2019; Chair, Communications Committee, 2014-2015
  • Florida Bar Standing Committee on Mental Health & Wellness of Florida Lawyers, 2018-present
  • Florida Bar Special Committee on Mental Health & Wellness of Florida Lawyers, 2017-2018
  • Florida Bar Annual Convention Committee, 2017-present
  • Leadership Florida, Connect Florida Class VII, 2016-2017
  • Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice, appointed by Chief Justice Labarga, 2015-2016
  • Tallahassee Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 2010-2014
  • James Madison Institute, Tallahassee Board of Advisors, 2016-17; Leaders Fellowship Class I, 2014-2015
  • American Enterprise Institute, Leadership Network, Spring 2016
  • Republican National Lawyers Association, Member
  • Federalist Society, Member
  • University of Florida Alumni Association, Member

Recognition

  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, Top Government Attorneys, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017
  • Florida State University Alumni Association, “Thirty Under 30” Award, 2013

Presentations

  • Speaker, What Happened in Florida in 2018: Lessons Learned, Litigation, and the Importance of Good Procedures and Officials Who Follow Them, Republican National Lawyers Association Election Law Seminar, Charlotte, NC, August 2, 2019
  • Speaker, Winning Elections in the Courtroom, Republican National Committee Summer Meeting, Charlotte, NC, July 31, 2019
  • Speaker, Fighting for the Rule of Law: from Recounts to the New Florida Supreme Court, The Federalist Society- Tampa Bay Lawyers Chapter, Tampa, FL, April 4, 2019
  • Speaker, Building a Diverse Legal Practice, Florida State Law, Student Bar Association, Tallahassee, FL, February 26, 2019
  • Speaker, Evening with the Bench and Bar, Justice Alan Lawson and Ben Gibson, Florida State Law, Tallahassee, FL, January 22, 2019
  • Speaker, Election Day Operations Lawyer Training, National Republican Senatorial Committee, Orlando, FL and Tallahassee, FL, October 2018
  • Speaker, Election Law Compliance for Republican Executive Committees, Republican Party of Florida Quarterly Meeting, Tampa, FL, April 6, 2018
  • Speaker, Public Records and the Judicial Nominating Commissions, Judicial Nominating Commissioner Training, Orlando, FL, February 2, 2018
  • Speaker, Public Records and Ethics Compliance under Florida Law, Enterprise Florida, Inc., Employee Training, Orlando, FL, January 19, 2018
  • Speaker, Sunshine Law and Public Records, Florida Sports Foundation, Inc., Board Member Training, Orlando, FL, November 10, 2017
  • Speaker, Article I, Section 3, Blaine Amendment, Florida Constitution Revision Commission, Declaration of Rights Committee, Tallahassee, FL, November 29, 2017
  • Speaker, School Choice and the Florida Constitution, Florida Constitution Revision Commission, Education Committee, Tallahassee, FL, November 27, 2017
  • Speaker, Article IX of the Florida Constitution, Education, Florida Constitution Revision Commission Training, via web, September 19, 2017
  • Speaker, Campaign Legal Pitfalls, Republican Party of Florida Quarterly Meeting, Orlando, FL, August 11, 2017
  • Speaker, Public Records and Ethics, Florida Constitution Revision Commission Organization Meeting, Senate Chambers, March 20, 2017

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