Shutts & Bowen Launches Major Palm Beach Expansion

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Shutts & Bowen has hired four prominent lawyers in its West Palm Beach office, significantly strengthening its health care, litigation and real estate practices and its Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast presence.

New partners include business litigator Eric Christu, real estate lawyer Steven Parson and health care lawyer Timothy Monaghan. Joel Strawn, founder of the Delray Beach health care law firm Strawn and Monaghan, is joining Shutts and will serve as of counsel. Each of the lawyers has at least 25 years of experience.

Christu is among the first attorneys designated by The Florida Bar as board certified in business litigation and specializes in complex commercial and business litigation with a particular emphasis on real estate-related matters. He is past president of the Palm Beach County Federal Bar Association and past chair of The Florida Bar's Business Litigation Certification Committee. He is an honors graduate of the University of Minnesota and received his J.D. at the Georgetown University Law Center. He will be a member of Shutts' statewide Litigation Group. He lives in Palm Beach.

Parson concentrates his practice on real estate acquisition, development and sale, commercial lending, troubled loan workouts, title-related matters and leasing. He represents national and local developers and national lending institutions in a full range of complex, sophisticated real estate matters, including regional shopping malls, office buildings, retail centers, large residential communities and multi-state real estate loans. He received his B.S. with high distinction from Pennsylvania State University, and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was an editor at the law review and received several scholastic honors. He lives in Jupiter.

Strawn's practice includes health care, real estate, probate and corporate law. A lawyer with 45 years' experience, he founded Strawn & Monaghan in Delray Beach in 1993 and built it with Tim Monaghan into a prominent health care boutique law firm. He is a former president of the Florida Academy of Hospital Attorneys, a past vice chairman for the Board of Trustees for WPBT-Channel 2 and a board member for the YMCA Foundation of South Palm Beach County. He received his B.S. from the University of the South (Sewanee), where he is a member of the Board of Trustees, and his J.D. from the University of Florida. He lives in Gulf Stream.

Monaghan practices in the areas of health care law, business transactions, including real estate and commercial lending, corporate law and governmental representation. His health care clients include hospitals, physicians and physician group practices. He has significant experience in the buying and selling of medical practices and other health care businesses, as well as practice formation, shareholder agreements and employment agreements. Monaghan, who before law school represented the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services and other government agencies before the Legislature, represents clients in matters involving major Florida governmental entities. He received his B.A. from Florida Atlantic University and his M.B.A. and J.D. from Florida State University. He lives in Delray Beach.

Effective Jan. 1, Shutts had 22 lawyers in its West Palm Beach office at 1100 CityPlace Tower near downtown West Palm Beach. The attorneys practice in the areas of health care, real estate, complex landlord/tenant issues, corporate immigration, trusts and estates, litigation, taxation, corporate, land use and environmental matters. The lawyers are active contributors to the Palm Beach County community, with leadership positions in professional and community organizations.

Founded in 1910, Florida-based Shutts & Bowen LLP counsels businesses both nationally and internationally. The firm has more than 230 attorneys, and offices in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa, West Palm Beach and Amsterdam, Fla. Its Web site is