We take a strategic approach to business litigation, working to obtain positive outcomes both inside and outside the courtroom.

At Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, we define “winning” as reaching the best results for our clients as efficiently as possible. With more than 80 experienced litigators across seven offices, our Litigation practice represents clients in a broad range of matters throughout the United States. We take the time to understand our clients’ businesses and the issues at hand, balance the strength of the allegations against potential damages, and advise clients on how to successfully resolve the dispute and meet their goals.

Recognizing that not all matters need to go to trial, we represent clients in all forms of dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. When litigation is the best option, our seasoned trial teams quickly identify the issues and devise strategies that offer our clients the best chance of victory in state and federal court.

Several of our litigators have been selected as fellows in the Litigation Counsel of America (an invitation-only honor accorded to less than one half of one percent of U.S. lawyers), and team members are board certified in such areas as appellate, bankruptcy, business litigation, civil trial, and construction law.

Our Clients

  • Fortune 1000 companies
  • Mid-market and family businesses
  • Corporate officers
  • Manufacturers and distributors of business and consumer products
  • Members of the construction industry
  • Medical, legal, and financial professionals
  • REITs

Our Services

  • Litigation of business disputes
  • Counsel on corporate compliance and investigation
  • Federal court litigation
  • Construction litigation
  • Defending product liability claims
  • Defending professional liability claims
  • Fidelity, surety, and specialty bonds disputes
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Appeals

News Releases

01.18.2019Terence S. Reynolds Joins Shumaker
01.16.2019Brett Henson Presented at the Construction Specifications Institute Suncoast Chapter
01.11.2019Scott J. Kalish Joins Shumaker
11.29.2018David Axelrod to Speak at the 35th Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud and the Eighth Annual National Institute on Tax Controversy
11.08.2018Trina N. Goethals Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
10.17.2018Mandi Ballard Clay to Speak at Fred G. Minnis, Sr. Bar Association General Meeting
10.11.2018Steven M. Berman to Speak at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
10.04.2018Mandi Ballard Clay to Speak at Carrollwood Bar Association Monthly CLE Luncheon
10.03.2018James R. Carnes Inducted as Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers
07.16.2018Jaime Austrich Installed as President of the J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inns of Court
06.28.2018Duane A. Daiker Appointed to the Florida Bar's Appellate Practice Certification Standing Committee
06.25.2018Monica H. Johnson Elected to the Hispanic Services Council Board of Directors
06.11.2018Mandi Ballard Clay Appointed to the Florida Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Mental Health and Wellness
06.11.2018Mandi Ballard Clay Named Vice President of Programs for the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers
06.08.2018Steven Allen Bimbo Named Vice Chair of the Supplier/Service Division of the Carolina AGC
05.25.2018Ronald A. Christaldi and Andrew L. McIntosh Received Commendation from Tampa City Council
05.10.2018Steve Berman Elected to American Bankruptcy Institute Board of Directors
04.30.2018H. Michael Bowers and J. Bennett Crites, III Selected to 2018 South Carolina Super Lawyers®
03.05.2018DeLeo Leads Campaign for Sarasota County School Tax Referendum
02.05.2018Christopher Cavaliere Selected to Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts
01.19.2018Wagoner and Walinski Co-Author Article on Ohio’s Modern Court Amendment
01.18.2018Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Announces Five New Partners
11.30.2017Mandi Ballard Clay Becomes Certified Circuit Court Mediator
11.15.2017Marcus A. Miller Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
11.15.2017Lauren E. Griffin Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
11.14.2017Nicholas A. Huckaby Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
11.10.2017Stress and Swagger: Shumaker Attorney Ryan Nichols Looks Back on 10 Years in the Marine Corps
10.31.2017Shumaker Broker-Dealer Team Wins $3 Million Defamation Award
10.11.2017Meghan O. Serrano Honored by Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County
10.05.2017Hayley H. Salem Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
09.26.2017James E. Fanto Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
09.26.2017Justin P. Senior Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
09.21.2017Brett M. Henson Appointed to Downtown Sarasota Alliance Board of Directors
08.23.2017Julia May Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
08.16.2017April Zinober Joins Board of Directors of PACE Center for Girls, Hillsborough
08.10.2017Meghan Serrano Receives Board Certification in Business Litigation
07.26.2017Christian Staples Named Honoree for the 2017 North Carolina Leaders in the Law Awards
07.17.2017Steele B. ("Al") Windle, III Joins Construction Society of America
07.11.2017Walmart Ordered to Pay $1.69 Million In Attorneys' Fees In "Exceptional" Trademark Case
07.10.2017Andrew J. Oppenheim Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
07.07.2017Mandi Ballard Clay Appointed to Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood
07.06.2017Mandi Ballard Clay Appointed to Florida Bar's Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee
07.06.2017Karen Stiles and Beth Stanfield Named to Positions With North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
07.05.2017Mandi Ballard Clay Elected Treasurer of HAWL
06.15.2017Kevin Braig Named Speaker at NCLGS Summer Meeting
06.09.2017Rebecca E. Shope Named Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2017 Toledo “Woman of the Year"
06.07.2017Mark Wagoner Appointed to Bipartisan Judicial Advisory Commission to Recommend Federal Judge Nominees
06.06.2017Adria Maria Jensen and Douglas A. Cherry Presented to Sarasota County Bar Association
05.25.2017Michele Leo Hintson Program Chair of 28th Annual Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference
04.18.2017Scott Stevenson Inducted Into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
04.04.2017Beth A. Stanfield Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
03.29.2017Michele Leo Hintson and Timothy C. Garding Spoke at Tampa Chapter of Professional Association of Health Care Office Management Monthly Meeting
03.09.2017Raydal Hospitality Announces Newest Sabor Latin Street Grill Location
03.08.2017Steven Bimbo Appointed to Charlotte Business Inclusion Advisory Council
02.13.2017Brian C. Willis Spoke at American Bar Association Mid-Year Conference
01.26.2017Peter R. Silverman Inducted into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
01.09.2017Shumaker Attorneys Named Business North Carolina's 2017 "Legal Elite"
01.02.2017Christopher Cavaliere Elected to Board of Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts
12.13.2016Axelrod Presents at 33rd Annual American Bar Association Tax Conference
11.16.2016Shumaker Earns National and Regional Rankings from U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2017
11.10.2016Lisa M Hoffman Honored at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's 2016 STANDOUT Awards Banquet
11.09.2016Ernie Marquart Appointed to Board of Trustees of The Academy of the Holy Names
11.08.2016Michele Leo Hintson Panelist for The Winning Edge Professionalism Event
09.19.2016April L. Zinober Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
09.07.2016Robert H. Eddy Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
08.10.2016Tivoli Homes of Sarasota Prevails in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit against Medallion Homes Gulf Coast
08.03.2016Hunter G. Norton Earns Florida Bar Board Certification
07.15.2016Peter Silverman Featured in Restaurant Finance Monitor
06.27.2016Peter R. Silverman Appointed to CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals
05.26.2016Christian H. Staples Elected to Mecklenburg County Bar Board of Directors
04.01.2016Sarasota Associate Featured in "Millennial Speak" in the Business Observer
03.03.2016Robert R. Warchola Elected to Board of Governors of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce
01.28.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Recognized as 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyers® and North Carolina Rising Stars
12.30.2015Christopher Cavaliere Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
11.12.2015Shumaker Earns “Best Law Firm” Rankings from U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2016
11.12.2015Christina Davidson Trimmer Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
10.30.2015Brooke Loucks Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
10.15.2015Yuliya V. Swaim Joins Sarasota Office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
10.14.2015Thomas M. Wood Elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for MacDonald Training Center
10.13.2015Brian C. Willis Discusses Small Town Urbanism at Pecha Kucha Night Tampa Bay
10.09.2015Megan M. Stacy Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
10.09.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Prevails in Ohio Supreme Court
10.08.2015Brian C. Willis Guest Speaker at Tampa's Urban Core Board Member Roundtable
10.05.2015Daniel J. DeLeo Elected to Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County Board of Directors
10.05.2015Matthew C. Spaulding Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
08.25.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Prevails in 6th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals
10.31.2014Brian Coulter Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
10.15.2014Thomas F. McDonnell, Jr. Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick,LLP
10.07.2014G. Thomas Curran, Jr. Accepted to HCBA Leadership Institute Class of 2014-2015
09.22.2014Rebecca E. Shope Appointed to Advisory Group for U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
09.16.2014Jamie Colner Appointed Treasurer of the American Board of Trial Advocates Ohio Chapter
09.02.2014Shumaker Launches Law Blog to Highlight Social Media Developments
08.27.2014Jamie Colner to Present at Ohio Masters in Trial
08.22.2014Matthew T. Kemp Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
08.21.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Named Best Lawyers® 2015 “Lawyer of the Year”
07.30.2014Michele Leo Hintson Named Chair of Community Advisory Board of the Leadership Council of Junior League of Tampa
07.24.2014Shumaker Attorney Sits on Florida Bar Panel
06.26.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Announces Significant Addition to the Firm
06.20.2014Kathleen G. Reres and Brian C. Willis Spoke to Leto High School Students
06.19.2014Michele Leo Hintson Named Vice-Chair of The Florida Bar Grievance Committee
05.13.2014Kevin Braig Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
05.13.2014Brian C. Willis Panelist at 83 Degrees Media Not Your Average Speaker Series
04.18.2014G. Thomas Curran, Jr. Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
01.28.2014Brian C. Willis Selected as NLC Fellow
11.14.2013John C. Barron Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers
06.27.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite and Up & Comers
11.05.2012Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Ranked Among “Best Law Firms” in U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® Guide
08.23.2012Shumaker Attorney Mark Wagoner Wins Landmark Victory in Beer Distributorship Case
11.02.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2011 Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers
10.13.2010Rachel B. Goodman Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
09.27.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Receives First Tier Rankings in U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers 2010 “Best Law Firms” Inaugural List
08.02.2010Daniel J. DeLeo Receives Board Certification in Business Litigation
03.01.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition


03.28.2018Texas completed fourth execution on 2018
03.28.2018Latest update on battles over criminal justice reform inside the Trump Administration
03.28.2018"Recidivism Among Federal Offenders Receiving Retroactive Sentence Reductions: The 2011 Fair Sentencing Act Guideline Amendment"
03.28.2018"What If Prosecutors Wanted to Keep People Out of Prison?"
03.27.2018Ohio Gov. Kasich commutes yet another death sentence
03.27.2018"The War on Drugs Breeds Crafty Traffickers"
03.27.2018SCOTUS day for considering rules for prison sentence modification based on changed guidelines
03.27.2018"The Scale of Misdemeanor Justice"
03.27.2018After botched effort last month, Alabama agrees not to try again to execute Doyle Lee Hamm
03.26.2018High-profile New Jersey case highlights many challenges of sentencing drunk drivers who kill (and appellate review of sentences)
03.26.2018"Deviancy, Disability, and Dependency: The Forgotten History of Eugenics and Mass Incarceration"
03.25.2018"Prison Crime and the Economics of Incarceration"
03.23.2018Interesting (and important?) new polling data on the death penalty
03.23.2018En banc Sixth Circuit rejects, with some dubitante, effort to extend Sixth Amendment right to counsel to preindictment plea negotiations
03.23.2018Brennen Center releases new report: "Criminal Justice: An Election Agenda for Candidates, Activists, and Legislators"
03.23.2018New spending bill includes a lot more money for Justice Department to fight drug war even harder
11.09.2017"The Unsung Role That Ordinary Citizens Played in the Great Crime Decline"
11.09.2017Florida and Texas carry out executions on same night
11.08.2017"An Overdose Death Is Not Murder: Why Drug-Induced Homicide Laws Are Counterproductive and Inhumane"
11.08.2017Another notable set of Election Day results for the criminal justice reform movement
11.08.2017House members reintroduce the Safe, Accountable, Fair, and Effective (SAFE) Justice Act
11.07.2017A number of executions in a number of states generating a number of notable stories and commentary
11.07.2017Prez Trump promises "crime will be gone" if Virginians elect the right governor
11.07.2017"Criminal Justice and the Mattering of Lives"
11.07.2017Interesting account of "Five myths about white collar crime"
11.06.2017Ohio legislator claims condemned inmates "don't like" her bill to abolish death penalty
11.06.2017Spotlighting challenges facing federal prosecutors in capital pursuit of Sayfullo Saipov
11.06.2017Two notable summary reversals from SCOTUS after circuits failed, yet again, to properly follow AEDPA
11.06.2017NAAUSA and six other law enforcement groups write to Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, per the attached letter.
11.05.2017Seeking experiences and thoughts on Marsy's Law, especially from prosecutors, as Ohio prepares to vote
11.05.2017In praise of an extraordinary new resource, "Reforming Criminal Justice"
03.13.2015Ohio State Bar Association Develops New Social Media Site for Attorney Networking
02.19.2015Legal Ethics and Social Media: What Pre-Litigation Advice May an Attorney Provide to His or Her Client?
09.09.2014Reviewing Social Media Use by Potential Jurors


02.18.2019Client Alert: Clever Trial Tactic Meets Resistance at the South Carolina Court of Appeals
01.28.2019Client Alert: Proposed Bill Seeks to More Than Triple the Liability Limits Under the South Carolina Tort Claims Act
12.05.2018Client Alert: FAA: Drone Manufacturers Must Self-Regulate
09.26.2018Client Alert: New Loan Servicing Rules Apply to Persons Who Acquire Interest in Mortgaged Property
09.21.2018"EDR Protocols – public discussion draft"
08.07.2018Client Alert: Supreme Court Allows Employers to Prevent Class Action Lawsuits through Properly Drafted Arbitration Agreements
05.16.2018"Early Dispute Resolution: Resolving Disputes Within 30 Days of Inception"
03.16.2018Client Alert: U.S. EPA Issues Policy Intended to Ease Pre-Construction Permitting Requirements for New and Modified Industrial and Manufacturing Sources
02.06.2018Client Alert: U.S. EPA Withdraws "Once-In, Always-In" Policy for Sources Regulated Under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act
01.19.2018Ohio’s Modern Courts Amendment Must Be Amended:  Why and How, 66 Cleveland State Law Review 69 (2017)
01.15.2018Client Alert: AT & T - Time Warner Merger Challenge Might Signal Policy Change on Vertical Mergers
01.04.2018So Your Firm or Client had a Data Breach? What Next?
11.17.2017Client Alert: Shorter Deadline for Filing Bankruptcy Claims and Other Changes to Bankruptcy Rules Starting December 1st
11.15.2017Client Alert: The New AIA (2017) Documents
11.13.2017Client Alert: Florida Minimum Wage to Increase in 2018
09.20.2017Client Alert: FTC Gives Guidance in Slaying the Data Breach Dragon
08.22.2017Client Alert: North Carolina Court of Appeals Issues Important Opinion on Commercial Lease Guaranties
07.26.2017"Proposition 65 Amendments Require Re-evaluation of Products and Warnings"
07.26.2017"Mitigating Regulatory Risks Affecting the Wood and Furniture Industries: The Lacey Act"
July/August 2017"Resolving Disputes by Expert Determination: What Happens When Parties Select Appraisers, Accountants, or Other Technical Experts to Decide Disputes," The Florida Bar Journal (Vol. 91, No. 7)
July/August 2017"Holdover Tenants: Managing End of Lease Liability," HCBA Lawyer magazine
06.09.2017"Attorney Claims PASPA Has Loophole," GamblingCompliance
06.07.2017Client Alert: Top Ten Urban Legends of Intellectual Property
04.14.2017Client Alert: Federal Court Orders CAFOs to Report Air Emissions
04.13.2017Client Alert: Eleventh Circuit Denies Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim, but Is This the Final Word?
03.17.2017Client Alert: Construction Liens in Florida – The Timing and Manner of Perfection are Critical
02.13.2017Client Alert:  Fourth DCA Reverses Itself in Ober, Restores Certainty with Foreclosures
12.29.2016"Disabled Users' Access to your Website: A New Litigation Threat"
12.22.2016Client Alert: New TTAB Rule Changes Take Effect in 2017
08.30.2016Client Alert: Foreclosing Subsequently Accruing Liens no Longer a Certainty under the Lis Pendens Statute
07.31.2016"Winning Commercial Litigation: Terms and Conditions, Strategy and Execution"
07.15.2016"Early Dispute Resolution Turns Legal Decisions Into Business Decisions" – Peter Silverman Featured in Restaurant Finance Monitor, 24 June 2016
July 2016"High Stakes Privacy Breaches – The First Business Associate Settlement Brings HIPAA Compliance Into Sharper Focus for Law Firms," The Resource, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
06.29.2016"(Really) Early Dispute Resolution"
05.16.2016Co-Author: "Faster, Cheaper, Better: The New Standard For Dispute Resolution," International Franchise Association Legal Symposium
04.19.2016"(Really) early dispute resolution"
04.13.2016"Are the New Emergency Relief Rules in Arbitration the Death Knell for Court-Ordered Injunctions Pending Arbitration?"
2016Contributing Author, Foreclosures in Florida 2016 Supplement (Lexis Nexis)
12.01.2014"A Derivative Suit by any other Name:  Challenging Manager Actions in Alternative Entities"
05.01.2014"Navigating Foreclosure in States with 'One-Action Rules'"
Spring 2014"Party-Appointed Arbitrators:  Ethical Concerns," The Franchise Lawyer,  Vol. 17, No. 2, Spring 2014
05.23.2013"A Rock and a Hard Place:  Don't Become a Client's Surrogate in Communicating with the Government," insights Newsletter
05.23.2013"E-Discovery Amendments to Florida Civil Rules Now in Effect," insights Newsletter
09.06.2012"E-Discovery Amendments to Florida Civil Rules Now in Effect," Sarasota County Bar Association's The Docket
2012Insights on Defending an Environmental Class Action Suit.  In Inside the Minds, Litigating Environmental Class Actions (pp. 71-88).  Thompson Reuters/Aspatore.
Winter 2011"What Employers Need to Know About the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act," HR Florida Review
January 2011"The Case of Burlington Northern and the Future of Retaliation Claims: A Look From the HR Perspective," HR Magazine
September/October 2010"Health Care Reform and the Pay or Play Employer Mandate," Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer magazine
09.01.2009"Judge Nelly Khouzam Elevated to the Second District Court of Appeal"
04.30.2009"Reclamation and §503(B)(9): Issues in the Aftermath of Phar-Mor v. McKesson"
02.11.2008"Amended FTC Franchise Rule Affects Franchisees: Right of Franchise Association Disclosure Takes Effect in '08"
10.09.2007"Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Bee: The Lure of Floating Forum Selection Clauses"
10.01.2005"47 Litigation Writing Rules"
01.01.2005"43 Litigation Writing Rules"


Events and Presentations

06.09.2018"When is Arbitration the Right Solution for Distribution?" International Distribution Institute IDI Conference, Florence, Italy
04.09.2018"Performance Bond Challenges: Onerous Contracts and Onerous Bond Forms," Southern Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference
03.07.2018“Avoiding the Pitfalls of the Digital Era of Law: E-Discovery, Preservation & Other Technological Issues"
02.13.20182018 Cyber Security Symposium:  "Data Breach: Expert Advice on Mitigating the Consequences and Protecting the Brand"
02.13.2018iHeart Radio Podcast - Business Spotlights with Jack and Jeff
01.30.2018Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
10.25.2017Evaluative-Qualitative Mediation as an Alternative to Traditional Mediation
10.17.2017"Protecting Your Intellectual Property and Using Social Media - 10 Fatal Mistakes Made by Small Business Owners in the Digital Era"
09.14.2017Presenter, "Ethical Issues in Suretyship: Staying Out of Jeopardy," Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Atlantic City, New Jersey
04.20-21/2017Co-Presenter: “E-Discovery Nuts and Bolts and Trends for Sureties and Their Counsel,” 28th Annual Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Nashville, TN
12.08.2016"The Next Wave: The Government’s Focus on US Investments to Evade Foreign Taxes," American Bar Association Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud and the Sixth Annual National Institute on Tax Controversy
05.16.2016"Faster, Cheaper, Better: The New Standard For Dispute Resolution," International Franchise Association Legal Symposium
06.05.2015"Litigation Management for In-House Counsel"
05.30.2013"Cost Effective Compliance"
10.15.2012“How to Obtain Good Title in Real Estate Transactions”
09.02.2012"Masters in Trial - Direct Examination of Experts"
February 2012"The Hunters Become the Hunted (Tips on Managing Social Media While Job Hunting)," Future Business Leaders of America, Phi Beta Lamda Division, Polk State College, Lakeland, FL
October 2011"TMI: Everything You (Never) Wanted to Know About Social Media & the Workplace," Tampa, FL
September 2011"TMI-Social Media: Whether You Want to Know or Not!," Polk Works Round Table Presentation, Lakeland, FL
May 2011"TMI-Social Media: Whether You Want to Know or Not!," West Central Florida Healthcare Human Resources Association Meeting, Tampa, FL
November 2010"I Dream of GINA: The EEOC's Newly Issued Final Regulations for Complying with the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act," Tampa, FL
October 2010"Social Networking Sites-Treasure Trove or Liability Trap?," Tampa, FL
October 2010"Portable Devices Freeze Employers in Their Tracks," Tampa, FL
May 2010"Historic Health Care Overhaul: What it Means for Employers," Association of Corporate Counsel, Orlando, FL

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