Ben Gibson is an attorney in the Tallahassee office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is Vice-Chair of the Appellate practice group. Ben represents clients facing high-stakes legal issues at the intersection of business, politics, and government. His statewide practice focuses on representing corporate, political, and government clients in appellate, litigation, and administrative matters as well as government affairs.
Ben regularly counsels political candidates, party committees, corporate, and non-profit entities on navigating and complying with the complex federal, state, and local laws that govern their political activity. He also represents clients in administrative and enforcement matters. As general counsel to the Republican Party of Florida during the 2018 election cycle, he led all of the party’s legal efforts through three historic statewide recounts.
Ben also advises public officials, government agencies, and corporate entities on compliance with Florida’s Ethics Code and gift laws, public records, sunshine law, state government lobbying registration and disclosure, and Florida Attorney General investigations.
Ben has a deep understanding of Florida government and politics. Recently, he served as general counsel to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Transition Team, advising the new administration on legal issues and Governor-elect DeSantis on his appointment of three Florida Supreme Court Justices. Ben has also served as outside counsel to the Florida Constitution Revision Commission and legal counsel to the state’s economic development organization, Enterprise Florida, Inc.
Before joining Shutts, Ben served as the Deputy General Counsel and an Assistant General Counsel to Florida Governor Rick Scott for nearly five years, providing legal counsel to the Executive Office of the Governor and overseeing all high profile litigation and legal issues at numerous executive branch agencies including the Department of State, Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Department of Management Services, Department of Lottery, and Department of Education. He counseled the Executive Office of the Governor on issues relating to ethics, financial disclosure, public records, and the sunshine law. In addition, Ben personally advised Governor Scott on more than 120 judicial appointments to Florida’s trial courts, District Courts of Appeal, and the Supreme Court.
Ben previously served as an attorney with the Florida House of Representatives in the Office of the General Counsel advising the Speaker of the House and with the House Community & Military Affairs Subcommittee helping to draft the largest rewrite of Florida’s growth management laws in 25 years. Ben is actively involved in public service as a member of Florida’s State Board of Education, which oversees VPK-12 public education and Florida’s State College System; Vice Chair of Florida’s First District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission; and as an elected member of The Florida Bar Young Lawyer’s Division Board of Governors.
Prior to joining Shutts, Ben founded his own law firm focusing on election and government law. He is a frequent speaker on topics of political law and state policy issues.