Prior to attending law school, Mr. Stutsman was on active duty for 9 years with the U.S. Navy where he distinguished himself as an A-7E attack pilot on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68). Mr. Stutsman left active duty in 1985; however, he maintained his affiliation with the U.S. Navy as a drilling reservist until his retirement from the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1998. Being an avid aviator, Mr. Stutsman continues to enjoy flying as a civilian pilot.
Bruce Edward Stutsman
[President and Principal Shareholder]
On a personal note, Mr. Stutsman has been happily married for over 37 years, and he and his wife enjoy their time with their children and grandchildren. Mr. Stutsman enjoys various outdoor activities, including kayaking, scuba diving, backpacking, and mountaineering. In recent years, Mr. Stutsman has backpacked over 3,000 miles on various national, state and regional trails, including the Appalachian Trail, the Teton Crest Trail, the Foothills Trail, and the Florida National Scenic Trail; and has summited Mount Rainier (14,410'; Washington, USA; 2014), climbed Aconcagua (Refugio Independencia) (20,932'; Andes Mountain range, Argentina; 2016), Mt. Sahale (North Cascades, Washington, USA; 2016), and Mt. Hood (Oregon, USA; 2016). Mr. Stutsman volunteers as a "maintainer" of sections of the Florida National Scenic Trail.
"In every walk with Nature one receives more than he seeks." - John Muir
Mr. Stutsman is a commercial lawyer, practicing since 1988. He received his Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy, and his Masters in Business Administration from the University of West Florida. Mr. Stutsman received his Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School, and shortly thereafter began practicing with the Jacksonville law firm of Smith Hulsey & Busey as a member of its business law section. In 1993, Mr. Stutsman became a shareholder of the Jacksonville law firm of Dale, Bald & Altes, P.A., where he practiced until co-founding Stutsman Thames & Markey, P.A. in 1997, where he was a shareholder, director and the Chief Executive Officer for 17 years. In 2014, Mr. Stutsman transitioned his practice to the Stutsman Law Firm. Mr. Stutsman is committed to providing his clients focused and cost-conscious representation.
Mr. Stutsman is admitted to practice in all Florida courts and in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Mr. Stutsman is a member of The Florida Bar, including its Business, Real Property, Intellectual Property, and Franchise Sections, and the Jacksonville Bar Association. Although Mr. Stutsman is well versed in almost all areas of commercial transactions, Mr. Stutsman has been certified by The Florida Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in Real Estate Law. Mr. Stutsman also has been awarded the "AV" rating, preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0, from the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, which is the highest legal ability rating and general ethical standards rating achievable by a member of The Florida Bar.
Mr. Stutsman is a former Chairman of the City of Jacksonville’s Planning Commission, and is a former Chairman of the City of Jacksonville’s Land Development Committee. Mr. Stutsman is serving, or has served, on the boards of directors of a number of Jacksonville not-for-profit organizations; among which are the Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary, and the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair. Mr. Stutsman also is a former Chairman of the Northeast Florida Equestrian Society, and is a former Chairman of the Florida Equestrian Celebration.