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John Mansfield Ervin

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John M. Ervin is an attorney in the Sarasota office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Corporate Practice Group.


John’s practice focuses on handling corporate, regulatory and transactional matters for businesses, real estate developers, charitable organizations and financial institutions. He regularly advises clients regardingmergers and acquisitions, entity formation and business structures, commercial transactions, secured transactions, commercial real estate, commercial leasing, corporate finance, securities, corporate taxation, state and local tax issues and audits and charitable organizations.  


A licensed Merchant Marine Officer, John holds a 100 Gross Ton Master Captain’s license with the United States Coast Guard.  He regularly advises clients regarding the acquisition and registration of domestic and foreign flagged vessels.  


John currently serves as Board Counsel to the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc., the largest direct funder of early care and education services in the state of Florida.


John also dedicates his time and skill to giving back to the greater Sarasota-Bradenton community. .John is an active member of the community and devotes his time to serving various local charitable and civic organizations.  He also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Sarasota Downtown Farmer's Market -- which hosts approximately 70 local small businesses each weekend. 


John is an active member of Sarasota County County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division as well as the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar.



Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Business: 40%
    8 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Contracts: 20%
    8 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  3. Corporate: 20%
    8 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. LLC: 20%
    8 years, 1 thousand cases



Hourly ($275-295/hour), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

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    John Ervin has assisted several of my clients in the process of negotiating the purchase of a business, drafting the purchase contract, negotiating the lease or lease assumption with the landlord, and carrying out the closing. He has done a fantastic job in all these areas, and has really gone the extra mile for the clients, particularly in solving complications that come up between the buyer, seller, and landlord. Moreover, he has been very prompt in dealing with matters and is very accessible and accountable to the client. I highly recommend John Ervin as an attorney for business, corporate, and contract law matters.


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Contact info

Shutts & Bowen LLP

46 N. Washington Blvd.
Suite 1
Sarasota, FL, 34236


FLMember in Good Standing200806/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top ContributorAvvo2016
Avvo Rated - SuperbAvvo2016
Outstanding Service AwardGirls Incorporated of Sarasota, Inc.2012
Pro Bono Service AwardUniversity of Maine School of Law2007
Pro Bono Service AwardUniversity of Maine School of Law2006
Pro Bono Service AwardUniversity of Maine School of Law2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyShutts & Bowen, LLP2013 - Present
AttorneyLivingston, Patterson, Strickland & Siegel, P.A.2010 - 2013
AttorneyClark, Partington, Hart, Larry, Bond & Stackhouse2008 - 2010
Legal InternUnited States Dept. Of Justice2005 - 2007
Law ClerkHodsden & Clifford, LLC2005 - 2007
Legal InternNorman, Hanson & Detroy2004 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Legal Aid FoundationAttorney2016 - Present
Sarasota County Bar Association, Business SectionBoard Member2016 - Present
Sarasota Downtown Farmer's MarketAdvisory Board2015 - Present
Florida Bar, Law Related Education CommitteeAttorney Member2015 - Present
Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc.Board Member2014 - Present
American Kennel ClubMember2013 - Present
American Bar AssociationAttorney Member2013 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaAdmitted to Practice2011 - Present
United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of FloridaAdmitted to Practice2011 - Present
Sarasota County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2010 - Present
Sarasota County Bar Association, County SectionAttorney Member2010 - Present
Sarasota County Bar Association, Young Lawyer's DivisionAttorney Member2010 - Present
Florida Bar, Tax SectionAttorney Member2010 - Present
Sarasota Chamber of CommerceMember2010 - Present
Sarasota Young Professionals GroupMember2010 - Present
Florida BarAdmitted to Practice2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Deborah J. Butler v. Patricia C. McGriffFinal Judgment in favor of McGriff (Client)
George E. Bushong v. Sarah M. PeelPetition for Certiorari Granted, Remanded
Qu Art, S.A. v. Robert Preiss, R&R Bond GalleriesRecovery of Salvador Dali sculptures
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Publication nameTitleDate
Charitable ContributionsCS/HB 952013
Herald TributeShutts & Bowen LLP aquires prominent Sarasota law firm2013
Florida Bar NewsOn the Move2013
Herald TribuneBig Firm Joins with Sarasota Lawyers2013
Portfolio Media (Law360)Fla.'s Shutts & Bowen Expands To Sarasota With Merger2013
Florida Bar JournalOn the Move2013
White PaperCS/HB 451 - Florida Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act2012
Sarasota Herald TribuneBill Would Let Charities Keep Ponzi Donations2012
Sarasota Herald TribuneNadel's gift to Girls Inc. could cripple the organization2012
Florida Statutes - Ch. 726CS/HB 451 - Fraudulent Transfers2012
Sarasota Herald TribuneJudge awards $1.18 Million to Team of Lawyers led by John Patterson2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawTaxLL.M - Master of Laws2008
University of Maine School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Bates CollegeHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Senate Committe TestimonyFlorida Uniform Fraudultent Transfer Act2012
House Committe TestimonyFlorida Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act2012
Sarasota County Bar AssociationUndue Influence Hits the Road- Application of the Doctrine in Tria2011