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Stephen T. Maher is a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he’s a member of the International Arbitration and Litigation Practice Group.

A Martindale-Hubbell AV® rated attorney, Steve has 40 years of practice in administrative law, litigation and appellate review. He has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in appellate law since 2006. He counsels clients and represents them at trial, on appeal, in arbitration and before government agencies. He also serves as counsel in judicial reviews of court decisions and administrative actions taken by the local, state and federal government.

Steve has handled cases that set significant precedents in Florida, especially in administrative law. His work includes agency proceedings, including those before the Division of Administrative Hearings, as well as appearances before state and local boards and commissions on licensing, professional discipline, permitting, petitions to initiate rulemaking, rulemaking hearings, rule challenges, rule waivers and variances, general regulatory matters, and judicial review of agency actions. View a list of some of the reported decisions in cases where he has been involved here.

Steve has decades of appellate experience and has handled cases in every Florida District Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Eighth, and Eleventh Circuit, and has filed for certiorari in the United States Supreme Court. He has participated in a number of cases that have established significant legal precedents.

Professional and Community Involvement

Steve has written a variety of law review articles centered in clinical legal education, lawyers and lawyering, Florida administrative law and other Florida law topics. He has also lectured on administrative law and other legal issues, appearing before various bar associations, the International Legislative Drafting Institute at Tulane Law School, the National Association of Secretaries of State, and Price Waterhouse Legal Tech. He was part of a delegation from the International Legislative Drafting Institute during a trip to South Africa after the end of apartheid, where he lectured on administrative law and the Internet and consulted on proposed changes to South African law as the country worked to create its first administrative procedure act.

Before joining Shutts, Steve was a member of the full-time faculty at the University of Miami School of Law, where he taught a variety of subjects, directed the clinical program and coached the school’s moot court teams.

Steve has also trained lawyers on discovery and trial practice. As a consultant with the Practicing Law Institute, he trained lawyers at large law firms using courses and materials he designed. He trained others on trial evidence, tactics and skills at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Conference, the New York Legal Aid Society, the University of Pennsylvania Law School Center on Professionalism, and George Washington University.

Steve served as Chair of the Administrative Law Section of The Florida Bar and as Chair of the Council of Sections of The Florida Bar. He also served as a director and member of the Executive Committee of The Florida Bar Foundation, where he is a Life Member.


  • University of Miami, J.D., 1975
  • New York University, B.A., Psychology, 1971

Bar Admissions

  • The Florida Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eight Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


Professional and Civic Activities

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • The Florida Bar
    • Former Chair, Administrative Law Section
    • Former Chair, Council of Sections
  • The Florida Bar Foundation
    • Former Member, Executive Committee
    • Former Director
    • Life Member
  • Southern District Trial Bar