Clifford Walters, III - Bradenton AttorneyClifford L. Walters, III
802 11th Street West
Bradenton, Florida 34205
“I enjoy kayaking and practicing law. In each circumstance one must: a) be acutely aware of the current environment and its attendant dangers and challenges, b) develop a strategy for navigating safely to your destination, and c) paddle like the dickens to get there!”


Cliff concentrates on business counseling and planning, complex real estate transactions, commercial law, and strategic 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, dispute resolution and risk management issues.


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Real Estate Law (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • 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, 2014


Bar Associations

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


    • Manatee Chamber Foundation
      • Trustee
    • RM Beall Foundation
      • Trustee
    • Boys and Girls Club Foundation
      • Board of Directors
    • 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 is former President or Chair of the following:

      • 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
      • The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation