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Kevin H. Sutton - Shareholder

Kevin H. Sutton


University of Minnesota, B.S., 1991
University of Richmond, M.B.A., 1994
University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 1994, cum laude

Bar Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
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Kevin H. Sutton - Shareholder

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Kevin is a Shareholder in the firm’s Corporate & Tax Group.  His primary practice focus is in the area of mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, assisting clients with their respective development, growth and exit strategies.  In addition, his practice includes representation of organizations on a variety of business matters, including organizational issues, corporate governance, equity financing, shareholder and partnership agreements, employment and non-competition, distributor relationships, strategic alliances and general corporate law.  

As part of his mergers and acquisitions practice, Kevin has represented clients in the sale or acquisition of manufacturing companies and divisions, automobile dealerships and groups, real estate advisory and brokerage firms, physician practices, agricultural and citrus operations, restaurants, engineering firms, clinical laboratories and other professional service providers.  He serves the lead role for a team engaged by a large public company to be its national acquisition and divestiture counsel.

Representative engagements in his practice area include:

Automotive Industry Experience.  Represented sellers or buyers in the purchase and sale of virtually every type of automobile franchise dealership existing in the United States and related real property, and has personally led teams in the closing of more than 100 such transactions in the automotive industry;-

Public Company Acquisition of Privately Held Business.  Represented the principals of Health Advocates, Inc. in their sale of all of the outstanding stock of the company to AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE:ABC), which included an auction process;-

Manufacturer’s Acquisition of a Distributor.  Represented the distributor in the sale of a controlling equity stake in its forklift and material handling company to Toyota Industries North America, Inc. and the subsequent final staged exit from its holdings;-

Public Company Sale of an Operating Division.  Represented Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: ABG) in the sale of its International, Hino, Isuzu, UD, IC Bus and Workhorse franchises to a subsidiary of Rush Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: RUSHA & RUSHB), and a simultaneous sale of its Peterbilt franchise to a subsidiary of PACCAR, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCAR); and-

Sale of Citrus Operations.  Represented the seller in the sale of its citrus business and related real property to a large, private investment company backed acquirer, with the sale involving over 15,000 acres of real estate and agricultural specific assets.

Active with civic and charitable organizations in the community, Kevin is an involved member of his church, Grace Community United Methodist Church, and also offers his time as legal counsel to, and as a member of the Board of Directors of, the Hillsborough Education Foundation.  

Honors & Recognitions

  • AVPreeminent-Logo

Professional Recognition

  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite - Up and Comers (2007-2009)
  • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star (2009)
  • Recipient of the Hillsborough Education Foundation's Person You Can Count On Award (2006)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2021)

Community & Civic Affiliations

  • Hillsborough Education Foundation, Inc.
    • Director