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I have been living and practicing in Sarasota and Southwest Florida my entire professional career.  As a native Floridian, I feel a deep connection to this area and the community which I think is reflected by my involvement with a whole range of groups trying to make our community a better place to live and work.  This also shapes my goal of leading every case to resolve itself with as little dislocation to all parties as possible.  If that can't happen, our firm is capable of fully litigating all business related cases in either state or Federal courts in a timely and efficient manner.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 95%
    23 years
  2. Land Use & Zoning: 5%
    23 years



Hourly ($395/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Laurie S. Zimmerman

    I endorse this lawyer. Morgan has an excellent reputation in our legal community for his legal knowledge, professionalism and ethics. He is totally committed to his clients and meticulous about his work product.


    Laurie Zimmerman Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Sheryl Ann Edwards

    In the nearly 20 years that I have known Morgan Bentley, I have found him to be an excellent attorney who is well respected by our entire legal community. I would highly recommend him as an attorney.


    Sheryl Edwards Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Bentley & Bruning P.A.

783 S Orange Ave Ste 220
Sarasota, FL, 34236-4702


FLMember in Good Standing199206/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Legal EliteFlorida Trend2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2010
Pro Bono Service AwardFlorida Bar2008
Up and ComerSuper Lawyers2007
Silver Service Pro Bono RecognitionFlorida Supreme Court2006
Gold Service Pro Bono RecognitionFlorida Supreme Court2005
Twelfth Circuit Distinguished Service AwardLegal Aid of Manasota1999
Five Year Pro Bono Award WinnerLegal Aid of Manasota1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWilliams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen1992 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association FoundationLife Fellow2012 - Present
Florida Commission on EthicsVice Chair2010 - Present
American Bar Association FoundationFellow2006 - Present
Sarasota County Bar AssociationPast President1992 - Present
Legal Aid of ManasotaPast President1992 - Present
Leadership SarasotaN/A2006 - 2007
Manatee County Chamber of CommerceCommittee Chair2001 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sarasota County v. Bow Point DevelopersTrial Court decision upheld in client's favor
FCCI v. Cayce's ExcavationTrial court decision reversed in favor of client.
Thrasher v. AridaTrial court reversed in favor of client
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Publication nameTitleDate
Florida Bar CLEForms of Park Ownership: Rental v. Coop v. Subdivision1997
Florida Law JournalQuasi-Judicial Review of Rezoning Decisions and Local Government Home Rule Power: Can they be Reconciled?1992
University of Florida Law ReviewEffects of Equitable Estoppel and Substantial Deviatons to Vested Rights in DRI Projects: A New Approach1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawN/AJuris Doctor1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Florida Bar CLEPractising with Professionalism2006
Florida Bar CLEBasic Personal Injury Litigation - Moderator2002
Florida Bar CLEBasic Personal Injury Litigation - Moderator2000