Fred Dudley is a Florida Bar Board Certified Construction Lawyer with over 45 years of experience in real estate practice, emphasizing construction liens, licensing
and disciplinary cases. He served 16 years in the Florida Legislature, retiring from the Florida Senate in 1998, where he served as chair of the Senate Judiciary
Committee, chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, and vice-chair of the Appropriations Committee.
As a legislator, Mr. Dudley chaired the study group that re-wrote Florida's Construction Lien laws (Chapter 713), and successfully sponsored every statutory change
thereto from 1990 to 1998. As a legislative advocate for the past 16 years, he has continued to draft most of the state laws governing contracting activities in
Florida, representing such groups as Florida Home Builders Association, Aluminum Association of Florida and Florida Swimming Pool and Spa Association.
His construction law practice concentrates on state licensing, lien litigation, administrative proceedings for rule challenges and license discipline, lobbying
the Florida Legislature on behalf of numerous clients, and serving as a litigation consultant and expert witness. This practice includes regular appearances before
the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (Construction Industry Licensing Board, Electrical Contracting Licensing Board, Board of Architects and Interior
Designers, and Board of Professional Engineers), as well as working with the Department of Health (water quality standards), Office of Insurance Regulation (title
and workers' compensation issues), State Fire Marshall's Office (fire system contractors licensing and regulation), and Department of Transportation (construction
certifications and contract bidding).
Mr. Dudley is currently a consumer member of the Board of Building Code Administrators and Inspectors, and serves as chair of the Bar's Construction Law Certification
Committee; he is a former member of the Board of Overseers for Stetson University, College of Law, the Gadsden County Hospital Board of Directors, and has served as
an adjunct professor at Florida State University College of Law, publishing a textbook on real estate transactions and finance, and lectured extensively on behalf
of The Florida Bar in many areas of construction law, such as licensing, discipline, unlicensed activities and representation in lien litigation.
Honors & Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award 2008, Construction Law Committee, Florida Bar
The Best Lawyers in America guide, Trusts and Estates, 2007-2015
Chambers USA — America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Construction Law, 2008-2014 Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2009-2013
Top Rated Construction Law Lawyer, The Daily Business Review, 2013