Morgan R. Bentley

Morgan R. Bentley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Sarasota, FL

Bentley & Bruning, P.A.
 | 783 South Orange Avenue, Suite 300
Sarasota, FL 34236-4702
Phone: 941-556-9037
Fax: 941-312-5316
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (90%),
  • Land Use/Zoning (10%)
Attorney Profile

Morgan R. Bentley concentrates his practice in the area of litigation involving business and real estate disputes.  He handles both trial and civil proceedings as well as complex arbitrations and administrative hearings.  He is Board certified in Business Litigation.

Certificates and Credentials

Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization

About Morgan Bentley

Admitted: 1992, Florida

Professional Webpage:


  • Awarded to one person in Twelfth Circuit for outstanding pro bono services, Fla Bar President's Pro Bono Award; Sarasota County Distinguished Service Award

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certification Business Litigation

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President, Sarasota County Bar Association; Member, Florida  Bar Young Lawyer Board of Governors; President; Sarasota County Young Lawyers Division; Chair, Grievance Committee; Life Fellow, ABA Foundation.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • President Legal Aid of Manasota Fellow, Florida Bar Foundation Gold and Silver Service Award Florida Bar Distinguished Service Award  Board Member Nate's Honor Animial Rescue Vice Chair Tiger Bay of Sarasota

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “Effects of Equitable Estoppel and Substantial Deviations to Vested Rights in DRI Projects:  A New Approach” 43 Florida Law Review 4 (September 1991)  “Quasi-Judicial Review of Rezoning Decisions and Local Government Home Rule Power: Can They be Reconciled?”  57 Florida Bar Journal 53 (January 1993)  (Winner of Dean Frank E. Maloney Memorial Writing Competition – 1992)   Co-author, Forms of Park Ownership: Rental v. Coop v. Condo v. Subdivision, with James L. Turner, Esq.), Florida Bar CLE Seminar Mobile Home Law (April 25, 1997).   Editor, To The Point bi-monthly (May 1994 - May 1998) firm newsletter on land use and environmental issues distributed to over 120 clients. Published quarterly May 1998 - May 2000.             Editor and writer, The Docket, Sarasota County Bar Association. Monthly 8-12 page newspaper distributed to Sarasota County Bar. (Editor May-August 1995, Writer, August 1994 - September 2001)   Editor, General Practice Journal, General Practice Section, Florida Bar, Quarterly  publication (1999- 2002).   Numerous articles for local publications and Firm newsletters.  

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Florida Commission on Ethics; Chair 2013, Vice Chair 2012, 2010

Educational Background:

  • University of Florida B.A. Economics Phi Beta Kappa, 1988
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Office Location for Morgan R. Bentley

783 South Orange Avenue
Suite 300
Sarasota, FL 34236-4702

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Last Updated: 10/20/2019

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