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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 and the Appellate Practice Group.

Jerel practices primarily in the areas of disability and life insurance defense, with particular focus on federal ERISA litigation and appeals.  He has obtained more than 50 summary judgments in favor of insurers in federal ERISA actions, and successfully defended numerous appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  Jerel has also published several articles on significant issues in ERISA litigation.


  • 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. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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