Ronald A. Shapo, P.A.
22 S. Links Ave., Ste 300, Sarasota, FL. 34236

Ronald A. Shapo began his professional career as an accountant. His legal career has spanned more than forty years. Mr. Shapo’s experience is a blend of achievements in litigation, real estate, corporate/finance, construction, and governmental contracts and approvals. One hallmark of his success is his ability as a negotiator.
Mr. Shapo’s extensive experience as a trial counsel combines with his successful involvement in billions of dollars in transactions and projects. This combination serves as the foundation for his ability to facilitate the process of reaching an agreement acceptable to all parties.

His diverse professional and business background includes the following areas, and enables him to creatively use mediation techniques to resolve disputes, and to achieve settlements.

  • Construction
  • Corporations/Partnerships
  • Contracts
  • Securities & Insurance
  • Real Estate
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Condominiums
  • Personal Injury
  • Financing and Banking
  • Commercial Torts
The breadth of his trial and transactional experience enables him to understand and evaluate positions presented in the context of the AAA or private arbitrations, including:
  • Claims for tens of millions of dollars of construction/service contract adjustments between a private operator and 23 Massachusetts communities
  • Brokerage claims
  • Contract damage claim against a Caribbean telephone utility
  • Construction contracts and change orders
  • Real Estate disputes
  • Partnership issues
  • Accountant
  • Real Estate Rental and Development
  • Financial and Telecommunications Industries Investor
  • Business Consultant
  • Bank Director and Corporate Counsel
  • Small Business Owner
  • Registered Investment Advisor
  • Firm Managing Partner or Director
  • Litigation
  • As a trial lawyer, he has successfully pursued and defended a wide range of substantial cases, involving a variety of businesses, contracts, property disputes, estates, securities, commercial torts, and financing issues. He has handled cases of first impression and made “new law.”
  • Transactional
  • He has represented clients concerning billions of dollars of commercial, real estate and governmental contracts and projects.
  • Corporate/Finance/Insurance
  • He has represented clients’ interests in a wide range of corporate issues and contracts, including financings, insurance, joint ventures, loan workouts, mergers and acquisitions.
  • Real Estate/Land Use
  • He has served as a real estate/land use counsel to owners, developers and lenders. He has effected real estate acquisitions and land use approvals, sales and loans, ranging from single family, condominium and apartment projects to office parks, hotels, golf communities and raw land.
  • Construction
  • As a construction attorney, he has provided counsel for local and international projects ranging from One Hundred Thousand ($100,000) Dollars to over Seven Hundred Fifty Million ($750,000,000) Dollars, including residential and commercial, schools, water and sewer, power plants, and airport infrastructure. He has pursued and defended numerous construction claims.
  • Governmental
  • His governmental experience includes a wide range of services, such as construction, telecommunications, hauling, and professional, and he has extensive experience with bid protests.
  • Martindale-Hubbell A-V Rating - 40+years
  • Panelist at professional and business seminars including the Construction SuperConference and the Forbes/Council of the Americas Conference on Latin America
  • Selected as one of Florida’s “Super Lawyers”
  • Florida Certified Circuit Court Mediator
  • Service as a Member of the Panel of Neutrals for the American Arbitration Association
  • Member of Florida and District of Columbia Bars
  • Admitted before the U.S. District Court, South and Middle Districts of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. Tax Court; and U.S. Supreme Court
  • Author of Law Review and Florida Bar articles
Education and Civic:
  • Education
  • Undergraduate degree in Accounting and Government, Cum Laude, University of Miami; J.D., Cum Laude, Assistant Editor and Executive Editor of the Law Review and Instructor in Legal Research and Writing, University of Miami Law School.
  • Civic
  • Numerous activities, including service as: Chairman of the Board, Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center (Nathan Benderson Park); Community Member, Sarasota Memorial Hospital Board Finance Committee; Chairman of the Insurance Commissioner’s Statewide Task Force on Security for Public Deposits; member of the Expert Panel for the State of Florida’s Information Technology Task Force; Executive Committee and Secretary of the Community Housing Trust of Sarasota County; member of the Blue Ribbon Committee for South Miami Beach Re-development; and Member, Sarasota Tomorrow Action Council.