Ben Gibson, a former lawyer to Gov. Rick Scott, has joined Shutts & Bowen as a partner in its Business Litigation Practice Group in the Tallahassee office, the firm announced Friday.
His statewide practice is focused on government, political, and corporate clients, involving government affairs, appellate, litigation and administrative matters.
Micky Grindstaff, Shutts’ managing partner, said Gibson “brings a wealth of Florida executive, legislative and political experience to Shutts.
“I am proud of our firm’s ability to recruit some of the best and most connected legal talents to our Tallahassee office in recent years. We look forward to Ben’s contributions as a key member of our government and business litigation teams with his focus on election law.”
Gibson served as Deputy General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel to Scott for nearly five years, helping advise the governor on the appointment of more than 120 judges to Florida’s courts.
He oversaw legal issues relating to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the Department of Management Services, the Department of State, the Agency for State Technology, the Department of Lottery, and the Department of Education, among others.
Following his time in the Governor’s Office, Gibson founded his own law firm focusing on government, corporate, and political clients, which quickly achieved success serving as outside counsel to clients such as the Republican Party of Florida, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, and Enterprise Florida.
“This is an incredible opportunity to be part of such a talented statewide team of lawyers,” Gibson said. “Shutts has a strong commitment of service to our state and its clients, and I could not be more excited to help continue to build the firm’s growing Tallahassee presence.”
Gibson is a member of the State Board of Education, which oversees K-12 public education, and the State College System. He has served as an elected member on The Board of Governors for The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division since 2012. Gibson is a graduate of the University of Florida and Florida State University Law School and is a member of The Florida Bar.