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Andrew J. Fruit

Bank of America Plaza
101 E. Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 2800
Tampa, FL 33602


Carline Banatte

Andrew Fruit is a corporate attorney who has substantial experience in representing businesses and entrepreneurs involved in mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and governance, commercial contracts, securities, corporate finance, and other complex business transactions. His clients include family-owned and other privately held businesses, entrepreneurs and public companies.  Andrew’s experience spans a variety of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, technology and software.  He has experience in general corporate reorganization and corporate structure issues.

Key areas of practice are:

  • Representing buyers and sellers of businesses in connection with mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, divestitures and spin-offs;
  • Drafting and negotiating a wide variety of commercial contracts, including supply agreements, sales agreements, technology and license agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, employment and independent contractor agreements, non-competition agreements and numerous other commercial contracts for clients;
  • Advising clients on matters ranging from strategic planning to the formation of new businesses (structure, governance and related issues), including entrepreneurs, start-up companies and more established companies; and
  • Representing investors and businesses in financing transactions.


  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Berkeley Preparatory School, volunteer
  • The Skills Center, volunteer
  • Leadership Tampa (Class of 2013)
  • Leadership Tampa Bay (Class of 2006)
  • The Spring of Tampa Bay, former Board Member (2000-2004)
  • 2016 ABA Deal Points Study on Carveout Transactions (Member)
  • The First Tee of Tampa Bay, Advisory Board Member

Alternate biographies




  • J.D., with honors, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1999
  • M.B.A., University of Florida, 1999
  • B.A., with honors, Economics, University of Florida, 1995

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Florida, 1999



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