Clifford L. Walters, III


Clifford L. Walters, III
Lawyer of year logoCliff concentrates on business counseling and planning, complex real estate transactions, commercial law, and wealth transfer estate planning. He represents business executives and owners, large and small entrepreneurial businesses, and commercial real estate developers.

Cliff handles business succession and wealth transfer planning; real estate deals from entity formulation, due diligence, project financing to permitting, construction and development services; and commercial law matters, such as contract negotiations, buying and selling of businesses.


  • AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2020 Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Sarasota.
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Real Estate Law (2014 – 2023)
  • Robert P. Bartz Outstanding Leadership Award Winner, 2018
  • Edgar H. Price, Jr. Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Distinguished Citizen, 2016, Boy Scouts of America Southwest Florida Council
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Manatee County Bar Association
  • Distinguished Leadership Award, Leadership Manatee
  • Kiwanis – George Hixon Award & Legion of Honor
  • Who’s Who in Tampa Bay Law – Tampa Bay Business Journal
  • Goodwill Ambassador of the Year

Bar Associations

  • Florida Bar Foundation
    • Fellow
  • Twelfth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee
    • Former Chair
  • Manatee County Bar Association
    • Former President
  • American Bar Foundation
    • Fellow


    • BSA Southwest Florida Council
      • Board Member
    • RM Beall Foundation
      • Trustee
    • Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School Endowment Trust
      • Trustee
    • Member, Church of Saints Peter and Paul
    • Leadership Florida, Class of XII
      • Former member of Board of Regents

Cliff Walters has served as former President or Chair of the following:

      • John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation
      • Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation
      • Goodwill Industries Manasota Foundation
      • Kiwanis Club of Bradenton
      • Manatee County Chamber of Commerce
      • Manatee United Way
      • University of South Florida, Sarasota/Manatee
      • USF Property Corporation
      • Goodwill Industries Manasota
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law (J.D., cum laude,1976); (Note and Comment Editor of Washington and Lee Law Review); Order of the Coif; Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Washington and Lee University (B.S. 1971)
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802 11th Street West
Bradenton, Florida 34205

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