Eric N. Appleton
Eric Appleton serves on the Firm’s Board of Directors, and he also chairs the Firm’s Community Association Practice Group. Mr. Appleton has over fifteen years of experience representing real estate owners, developers, office parks, commercial associations and residential community associations throughout Florida.
Mr. Appleton's law practice focuses on assisting association officers, directors and community managers with corporate operations, including litigation, arbitration, mediation and transactions. Mr. Appleton has represented real property owners, commercial associations and residential community associations in complex disputes with residents, tenants, lenders, insurance carriers, neighboring property owners, vendors and developers at mediation, arbitration and trial.
Mr. Appleton also has considerable experience with condominium terminations, collection and foreclosure litigation, as well as property damage and construction defect claims in Florida.
Mr. Appleton is certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Circuit Court and Appellate Court Mediator.
In addition to offering common interest community certification courses to board members and their management teams, Mr. Appleton has frequently appeared as a lecturer at various events sponsored by The Florida Bar, the Community Associations Institute, the Hillsborough County Bar Association and Lorman Education Services.
Professional & Community Affiliations
- Construction Law Committee
- Condominium and Planned Development Law Committee
American Bar Association
Hillsborough County Bar Association
- Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, Co-Chair, 2006-2009
- Hillsborough County Bar Association Leadership Institute, Member
Community Associations Institute, Suncoast Chapter
Certified Circuit Court and Appellate Mediator by the Florida Supreme Court
Honors & Recognitions
Best Lawyers in America, 2016
Named to the "Florida Super Lawyers" list by Super Lawyers magazine, 2010-2016
Named to Florida's "Legal Elite" by Florida Trend magazine, 2014, 2015, and 2016
Recognized as a member of Florida's "Up & Coming Legal Elite" by Florida Trend magazine, 2008 and 2012
Recognized as a "Rising Star" by Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2009
- June 18, 2018
- Sixteen Bush Ross Attorneys Named to 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Including Two as "Lawyer of the Year"August 15, 2017
- June 9, 2017
- January 18, 2017
- February 26, 2016
- September 15, 2015
- August 10, 2015
- August 6, 2015
University of Florida, J.D., 1998
- University of Florida Alumni Merit Scholarship Recipient
University of Florida, B.S., 1995
- Anderson Scholar with Distinction
Bar and Court Admissions
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit