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J. Ronald Denman

J. Ronald Denman



J. Ronald Denman is a Litigation Partner with extensive courtroom experience in state and federal courts throughout the country and has achieved numerous multi-million-dollar jury verdicts and settlements. Licensed to practice in Florida and North Carolina, Denman has a national litigation practice and represents individuals, and public and private companies in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including intellectual property disputes, deceptive and unfair trade practices, directors and officers liability, professional and fiduciary liability, products liability, and construction litigation. Denman also focuses a significant portion of his practice on estate, trust, and guardianship litigation and high-wealth individuals in marital dissolution matters.

Beginning his career as Assistant State Attorney in 1990 in Sarasota and Orange County, Denman quickly began prosecuting major felony crimes. In 1993, he entered the civil arena representing insurance companies and corporations in a variety of litigation matters, focusing on products liability, medical malpractice, director and officer liability, and professional and fiduciary liability defense.

In 1998, Denman joined the prestigious Miami law firm Bilzin Sumberg, and expanded his practice to include aviation defense, complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, and high-profile family law matters. There, Denman achieved the status of a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer-Review Rated lawyer, which he continues to maintain today.

In 2003, Denman was asked by one of his clients to join his company as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Operations. The company quickly grew to become a national and international distribution operation. Shortly thereafter, Denman oversaw the creation of the company’s own multi-million-dollar state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in North Carolina as the company’s annual revenue grew from $30 million to over $300 million. During his tenure there, Denman oversaw the company’s overall operations, national and international litigation, as well as matters relating to intellectual property and governmental regulation. Denman regularly met with senators, governors, and attorneys generals, and was honored by the president of Colombia in connection with the construction of a new manufacturing plant in Colombia.

In 2011, Denman returned to private practice and joined the Miami commercial litigation law firm of Perlman Bajandas Yevoli and Albright heading up the Miami litigation department. Besides continuing to provide business consultation services for several companies in connection with all aspects of operations, finance, human resources, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, and international business development, Denman rebuilt his broad litigation practice, focusing on complex commercial litigation, director and officer liability, professional and fiduciary liability, real estate litigation, and estate, trust, and guardianship litigation.

Denman moved from Miami to Tampa in 2014 to join the Bleakley Bavol law firm. Shortly thereafter, the firm added Denman as a shareholder and became known as the Bleakley Bavol Denman & Grace law firm. Denman continues to maintain a statewide trial practice in a variety of litigation matters, including estate, trust, and guardianship litigation, family law, contract and commercial disputes, professional and fiduciary liability, construction-related litigation, and first-party insurance litigation.

Denman is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts in Florida, and has served on various standing committees with the Florida Bar. Denman is a member of the Federal Bar Association, American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Hillsborough County Bar Association, North Tampa Bar Association, and the Clearwater Bar Association. Denman currently serves on the Executive Counsel for the Marital and Family Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and has served as a director of the Orange Bowl Foundation and as a director of the Miami Beach JCC. Denman has also participated as a Volunteer Attorney for the Lawyers for Children and Guardian Ad Litem Program, the Miami-Dade County Put Something Back Pro Bono Project, and Bay Areas Legal Services.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Probate and Guardianship Litigation
  • Family Law Matters

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Florida
  • North Carolina


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Professional & Community Involvement

  • In 2012 Denman became a Member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He is also a member of the U.S. District Court for the Southern and has served on the Florida Bar Aviation Standing Committee and as a Director of the Orange Bowl Foundation. Denman has also served as a Volunteer Attorney, Lawyers for Children and Guardian Ad Litem Program, and participated with the Miami-Dade County Put Something Back Program, and served as a director for the Miami Beach JCC. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association, American Bar Association and Defense Research Institute. For a list of clients, or significant cases, please inquire.
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