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Overview

John Patterson is a partner in the Sarasota office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Corporate Practice Group.

John is a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent rated attorney with over 50 years of experience. A former litigator and appellate lawyer, John regularly represents clients in commercial real estate, business, and financing matters in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, hotels and resorts, retail, marinas, personal storage, mobile home parks, construction, and real estate development.

John has held numerous leadership positions in the community, across the state and at The Florida Bar, having served as past director and president of The Florida Bar Foundation, former President of the Sarasota County Bar Association and three years on the Second District Court of Appeal Nominating Commission. He has been consistently recognized for his pro bono efforts, most recently earning The Florida Bar Foundation President’s Award of Excellence and Community Youth Development Leadership Award. He currently serves on the board of director’s of Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics, Inc. in Gainesville.

Education

  • University of Florida, J.D., 1969
  • Duke University, B.A., 1966

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • All Florida courts

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Past President, The Florida Bar Foundation
  • Past President, Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Past President, Legal Aid of Manasota
  • The Twelfth Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission
  • Florida Second District Court of Appeal Nominating Commission
  • Board Member, Sarasota Tiger Bay Club
  • Fellow, American Bar Association
  • Former Board of Governors, The Florida Bar
  • Board Member, Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics, Inc.
  • Member, Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Access to and Delivery of Legal Services of Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice

Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rated, 5.0 out of 5.0
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law, 2018, 2019
  • Florida’s Legal Elite, Florida Trend, 2009
  • Community Youth Development Leadership Award, 2009
  • The Florida Bar Foundation President’s Award of Excellence, 2007
  • Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County Visionary Award, 2005
  • C. L. McKaig Award for Distinguished Service to the Sarasota County Bar Association, 2001
  • The Florida Bar President’s Award for Pro Bono Legal Service, 1986

Presentations

  • Speaker and panelist for a number of seminars produced by Real Property Section of Sarasota County Bar Association, most recently in June of 2011.
  • Speaker and panelist, Environmental Aspects of Real Property Law, Florida Legal Assistants, Inc. (1995)
  • Speaker and panelist, Environmental Aspects of Real Property Law, Real Property Section of the Sarasota County Bar Association (1993-1994)
  • Adjunct Professor, Manatee Community College (corporations and business law) (1991-1992, 1972-1978)
  • Speaker and panelist for course for real estate specialty certification, Florida Legal Assistants, Inc. (1987)
  • Speaker and panelist, appellate law topics, Hampton Seminars (1984-85)

Practice Areas

Publications

  • “Legal Aid Benefits the Community as a Whole”, The Docket (April 2017)
  • “Appeal of Non-Final Orders” in Florida Appellate Practice (The Florida Bar, 1986)
  • “Interlocutory Appeals” in Florida Appellate Practice (The Florida Bar, 1978)
  • “Orders and Judgments” in Florida Civil Practice (The Florida Bar, 1977)
  • Prosecutorial Disclosure: In Camera and Beyond, University of Florida Law Review (1970)
  • Aircraft Hijacking:  Civil and Criminal Aspects, University of Florida Law Review (1969)
  • Case Note, University of Florida Law Review (1967)