Robert E. Bonner
Robert E. Bonner was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science by the Ohio State University in 1976. He then attended law school at the University of Florida, receiving a JD with honors in 1981. While attending the University of Florida, Mr. Bonner was a member of the Appellate Advocacy Board of Editors. Mr. Bonner was also a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, serving as Magister in 1981. Mr. Bonner also served as a Legal Writing Instructor at the University of Florida in 1981.
Since becoming a member of the Florida Bar in 1981, Mr. Bonner has successfully represented local governments, law enforcement agencies, individual law enforcement officers and elected officials in a variety of civil matters in both state and federal courts. Mr. Bonner is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida and the Florida Bar.
Mr. Bonner has been Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education since 1989. Mr. Bonner is also Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA).
In addition to his membership in the Florida Bar, Mr. Bonner is an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Mr. Bonner is also a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), the Florida Defense Lawyers Association (Immediate Past President 2017-2018; President 2016-2017; President-Elect 2015-2016; Secretary-Treasurer 2014-2015; Board of Directors 2008-2012), the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Florida Association of Police Attorneys and the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association.
As a member of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Mr. Bonner has received the President’s Award (2011); the Continuing Legal Education Award (2014) and the Joseph P. Metzger Outstanding Achievement Award (2016).
Mr. Bonner is rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating.
Mr. Bonner is a frequent lecturer on a variety of legal topics, including evidence, ethics and federal practice.