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Jerel C. Dawson is a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Insurance Practice Group.

Jerel practices primarily in the areas of life, health, and disability insurance defense, with particular focus on federal ERISA litigation and appeals. Since 2003, he has prepared 47 successful summary judgment motions on behalf of insurers in federal ERISA actions. He has also published articles on ERISA disability cases.


  • Florida State University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1998
  • University of Florida, B.A., 1990
  • University of Alabama, M.A.,  1993

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

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

Practice Areas