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Julio C. Esquivel

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


Judy Jaggie

Julio serves as a trusted advisor to companies seeking a pragmatic, solutions-oriented approach to business law matters. Clients value his depth of knowledge and unfaltering commitment to their business goals.

Having been in private practice now for more than 20 years, Julio has vast experience representing buyers and sellers in M&A transactions. He has represented buyers and sellers in a wide range of industries, from pharmaceutical distributors to international manufacturing companies, as well as  trucking companies, software firms and service providers (such as engineers). While he prides himself in handling complex transactions and has represented strategic and financial buyers, he especially finds it gratifying to work on sell-side engagements for entrepreneurs that have poured their heart and energy into building their companies from the ground up, many of whom have never experienced an M&A transaction. While Julio has been involved with small company sales, he has also handled sophisticated and international transactions in excess of $500 million.

Having started his career in Washington, DC, working for the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Julio also is an experienced securities lawyer. He represents various public companies and assists with their public company filings and securities law issues. He also represents both private companies and investors in private securities transactions and he has experience assisting with investment advisor and investment company issues.

Julio likes to say that the third leg of his legal stool is “general corporate work”. Many of his clients rely on Julio as their outside general counsel, calling on him for all of their needs. If Julio can directly handle the issue, such as the review of financing/loan agreements, franchise documents and general contract reviews, he will tend to them himself. Otherwise, he ensures that the right attorney at Shumaker is brought into the assignment (while he continues to oversee the project to ensure that client expectations and needs are met).

In January, 2018, Julio finished a six-year term on Shumaker’s firmwide Management Committee (MC), which is the committee that oversees the entire firm. The experience of serving on the MC and running an Am Law 200 firm, with more than 260 lawyers, has made Julio a better business lawyer, allowing him to provide greater practical advice to clients. He continues to serve on other firm governance committees.

Julio and his wife, Betsy, are passionate about their community. He serves on the boards of the Tampa Museum of Art, the Tampa Theatre, the Gasparilla Musical Festival Foundation, and the Public Art Alliance.

Representative Matters

  • Recently completed, on behalf of the issuer, an underwritten, public offering of approximately $240 million.
  • Part of a team that represented a U.S. public company in its acquisition of a significant European manufacturer of hydraulic components from its private equity owner.
  • Primary M&A counsel to a large, private company that is continually looking to acquire office equipment dealers throughout the Southeast. He has handled over 20 acquisitions for this client.
  • In 2016, represented a family-owned pharmaceutical business in its sale of that business, for approximately $100 million, to a private equity group.
  • In 2017, represented a newly-formed fund that raised over $20 million to provide financing to a Florida newspaper, which allowed the newspaper to refinance its debt.



  • Best Lawyers in America, 2017 - 2019
  • TBBCA Impact Award Recipient, 2015

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar
  • Tampa Public Art Alliance, Chair
  • Tampa Theatre, Board of Directors
  • Tampa Museum of Art, Board of Trustees
  • Gasparilla Music Foundation, President
  • Gasparilla Music Festival, Board of Directors
  • Jameis Winston's Dream Forever Foundation, Board of Directors

News Releases

10.01.2018Julio C. Esquivel Named Vice Chair of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation Investor Relations Committee
09.20.2018Julio C. Esquivel to Speak at the ITServe Florida Chapter Monthly Meeting
08.15.2018Shumaker Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019
07.12.2018Julio C. Esquivel Served as Panelist at West Coast District Global Commercial Real Estate Symposium
05.14.2018Julio Esquivel Named President of Gasparilla Music Foundation
01.24.2018Shumaker Announces New Tampa Office Managing Partner and Management Committee Member
08.17.2017Shumaker Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018
08.10.2017Julio C. Esquivel Elected to Board of Directors of Jameis Winston's Dream Forever Foundation
08.16.2016Shumaker Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers In America® 2017
08.26.2015Shumaker Managing Partner Named Impact Award Honoree
01.27.2015Julio C. Esquivel Named First Hispanic Managing Partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
05.15.2014Lights on Tampa 2015 Kickoff Held at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
05.30.2013Julio C. Esquivel Elected to Board of Directors of the Gasparilla Music Festival
01.22.2013Julio C. Esquivel Elected to Board of Trustees of Tampa Museum of Art
03.30.2012Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Announces New Tampa Office Managing Partner and Management Committee Addition
03.14.2012Shumaker Attorneys Co-Presented Mergers & Acquisitions Transactions Seminar
12.02.2011Julio C. Esquivel Spoke to ACC-WCFL
10.07.2011Julio C. Esquivel Selected to Leadership Tampa
08.23.2011Shumaker Attorneys Presented at Second Annual ACC-WCFL Symposium
03.09.2011Julio C. Esquivel Named to Board of Tampa Theatre


05.13.2012"Capitalization, Shares and Distributions," Florida Corporate Practice, Fourth Edition
05.13.2012"Paying a Lawyer with Stock," Business Law Today
05.01.2012"How to Effectively Use a Letter of Intent," Smart Business Tampa Bay


Events and Presentations

Alternate biographies




  • J.D., University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), 1991
  • B.S., Finance, University of Florida, 1988

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Florida, 1992


  • Spanish