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Bruce Middleton Bounds - received his B.A. degree from Lake Forest College in 1967 and his J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 1970.  He also received a Dean's Certificate in commercial Law from Temple University Graduate Legal Studies Division in 1980.  He is admitted to practice in Florida, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C, New York, and the United States Supreme Court.


After working with a mid-sized law firm and a bank's legal department in Philadelphia he moved to Miami and worked with midsized and large firms in Miami and has returned to individual practice. He represents businesses and individuals including community and “super-regional” financial institutions and other lenders and borrowers in basic and sophisticated commercial, industrial and real estate loan transactions, including structuring, negotiations, loan documentation, closings, work-outs, commercial and residential foreclosures, title examinations and issuance of title insurance policies. He also represents purchasers, sellers and lenders in residential and commercial real estate transactions; counsels businesses regarding the appropriate form of organization and the preparation of partnership agreements, articles of incorporation, by-laws, organizational minutes, and issuance of share certificates. Clients in the retailing, manufacturing and distribution businesses. Preparation of asset purchase/stock purchase agreements, joint venture agreements, licensing and distribution agreements; and individuals in the preparation of wills, durable family powers of attorney, authorizations for medical treatment, affidavits of domicile and similar family planning matters; as well as the litigation which flows from all those areas of practice.


Mr. Bounds is rated "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available. The "AV" Peer Review Rating identifies a lawyer with very high to preeminent legal ability. It is a reflection of expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence.

Practice focus: Banking, lending, business, real estate, estate planning and  probate.


Active in business and community affairs, Bruce has also served in varying capacities in a number of civic and professional organizations.  In Miami he has served as a Deacon and as vice chairman and chairman of the Board of Deacons and as a trustee and chairman of the board of trustees of Plymouth Congregational Church, Chairman of the Legislation Sub-Committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Banking Committee, a member of the Florida Bar's Financial Institutions Committee, editor of the newsletter and a director and president of the Coral Gables Bar Association, as well as a diversified group of civic activities.  While in Philadelphia he was affiliated with the World Affairs Council, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and served a term as a Judge of Elections in that city prior to his move to Miami.


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 30%
    38 years
  2. Banking: 30%
    43 years
  3. Business: 10%
  4. Probate: 10%
    35 years
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Hourly ($375/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Brian J. Barakat

    Bruce is a diligent attorney and I rely upon his advice. He is well respected in the community and I highly recommend his work.


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Contact info

Bounds Law Offices

2655 South LeJeune Road
Suite 805
Coral Gables, FL, 33134-5832


NYCurrently registered 198207/10/2016
DCActive 198107/10/2016
FLMember in Good Standing198006/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyBounds Law Offices2012 - Present
PartnerRafferty, Kobert, Tenenholtz, Bounds & Hess, P.A.2008 - 2012
PartnerMiller, Hamilton, Snider & Odom, L.L.C.2006 - 2008
Of CounselLyons & Farrar, P.A.1987 - 1990
OwnerLaw Offices of Bruce M. Bounds1986 - 2006
AssociateHolland & Knight1983 - 1986
AssociateMyers, Kenin, Levinson, Ruffner, Frank & Richards1980 - 1983
Deputy Corp Counsel, Secty of Exec Committee of BoardIndustrial Valley Bank & Trust, Co.1973 - 1980
AssociateStassen, Kostos and Mason1971 - 1973
Association namePosition nameDuration
Coral Gables Chamber of CommerceVice-Chairman, Government & Legislative Affairs2015 - Present
Coral Gables Bar AssociationDirector2004 - Present
The Florida BarGeneral Practice Section1980 - Present
The Florida BarReal Property, Probate & Trust Law Section1980 - Present
The Florida BarBusiness Law Section1980 - Present
Plymouth Congregational ChurchChairman of Board of Trustees2012 - 2013
Plymouth Congregational ChurchTrustee2011 - 2013
Coral Gables Bar AssociationPresident2011 - 2012
Business Networking International - Gables Executives ChapterFounding Vice President2007 - 2011
Plymouth Congregational ChurchBoard of Deacons, Vice Chairman, 2008, Chairman, 20092007 - 2009
Coral Gables Bar AssociationMember1990 - 2016
Greater Miami Chamber of Commercemember, and member of Financial Institutions Committee1983 - 1990
Publication nameTitleDate
Halfmoon Seminars CLE ProgramCommercial Real Estate Transactions in Florida: Negotiation to Closing2006
National Business Institute SeminarStructuring the Commercial Loan in Florida2002
National Business Institute SeminarConsiderations in Buying and Selling a Business in Florida2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawGraduate Legal StudiesDean's Certificate in Commercial Law1980
Emory University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1970
Lake Forest CollegeGovernment and HistoryOther - Bachelors1967
Germantown Friends SchoolN/AN/A1963
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Commercial Real Estate Transactions in Florida: Negotiation to ClosingCommercial Real Estate Transactions2006
Structuring the Commercial Loan in FloridaCommercial Loans2002
Considerations in Buying and Selling a Business in FloridaBuying and Selling a Business1998