Robert G. Shaffer, II

Robert G. Shaffer, II

Business Law

Robert Shaffer’s practice focuses on all aspects of business law, including general contract matters, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, private offerings, securities regulation, franchise, licensing and taxation. His experience in health care law includes a comprehensive range of business, corporate, transactional, regulatory and administrative matters.

He has represented clients in a number of notable transactions, including a financial institution in connection with a merger transaction valued at $83.2 million, a manufacturer and distributor of radiography equipment, software and diagnostic imaging equipment in connection with the $75 million sale of its business; an apparel manufacturer and distributor in connection with the $67 million sale of its business; a buyer in a $52 million purchase of an international health care public relations firm; a large physician practice in the sale of its $35.8 million practice; a surgery center in connection with the sale of its interests for $24.5 million, a large financial institution in a $20 million capital raise; and many more.

Robert is a member of the Florida and New York Bar Associations.  Robert also holds the highest rating assigned by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and has received its Client Distinction Award (awarded to less than 1% of the 900,000+ attorneys listed).  In addition, Robert has been selected as one of the top-rated lawyers in Mergers & Acquisitions by ALM as published in The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal and Corporate Counsel and has been recognized as one of Florida’s Legal Elite by Florida Trend.

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Education

  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., 1995
  • University of Akron School of Law, cum laude, J.D., 1994
  • Member, The University of Akron Law Review
  • Member, Jessup International Moot Court Team
  • Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award for Top Grades in Class – Corporate Law
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 1990

Professional Recognition

  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Recognized as one of Florida’s Legal Elite by Florida Trend
  • Top Rated Lawyers – Florida by The Daily Business Review
  • ALM Legal Leaders: Mergers & Acquisitions – The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal and Corporate Counsel
  • Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyers in Mergers & Acquisitions
  • ALM Top Rated Lawyers in Mergers & Acquisitions – The National Law Journal and Corporate Counsel
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award – Awarded to less than 1% of the 900,000+ attorneys listed
  • Acquisition International – Best for General Contract Matters – Florida
  • Who’s Who of Top Executives and Professionals – Global Directory
  • Recognized as one of Northeast Florida’s Top Lawyers by Jacksonville Magazine
  • Recognized as one of The States Legal Leaders by Florida Trend
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • America’s Most Honored Professionals – Top 1%
  • Strathmore’s Who’s Who

Professional Background

  • Member/Vice President
    Rezlegal
    April 2014-Present
  • Shareholder/Vice President
    Reznicsek, Fraser, White & Shaffer, P.A.
    December 2007-March 2014
  • Shareholder (2001-2007)
    Chair of Jacksonville Corporate Practice Group (2004-2007)
    Akerman LLP
    February 1998-November 2007
  • Attorney
    Brant, Moore, Macdonald & Wells, P.A.
    January 1996-February 1998

Notable Client Work

Representative Transactions – Mergers and Acquisitions

Manufacturing and Distributions

  • Represented manufacturer and distributor of radiography equipment, software and diagnostic imaging equipment in connection with its $75 million sale of business.  This was a long-term client
  • Represented manufacturer and distributer of clothing and apparel in connection with its $67 million sale of business.  This was a long-term client
  • Represented international public company in connection with a $24.5 million spin-off of its fork-lift truck division
  • Represented manufacturer in connection with its $9.5 million acquisition of a manufacturer of hydraulic and fork-lift trucks
  • Represented radiography equipment, software and diagnostic imaging company in connection with its $8.85 million sale and restructure of its business
  • Represented strategic buyer in connection with the acquisition of a trunk manufacturer (amount confidential)
  • Represented publicly traded health care device manufacturer in connection with its corporate simplification plan

Service Industry

  • Represented buyer in connection with a $52 million purchase of an international health care public relations firm
  • Represented service company in sports industry in connection with its $37 million sale of business to strategic buyer.  This was a long-term client
  • Represented service company client in connection with its $10.5 million dividend recapitalization transaction.  This is a long-term client
  • Represented seller engaged in the review of research protocols and consent documents to evaluate compliance with regulatory and ethical guidelines with its $7 million sale of business.  This was a long-term client
  • Represented buyer in connection with the $5 million purchase of a payroll processing company
  • Represented buyer in connection with its acquisition of multiple location auto dealership (amount confidential)
  • Represented buyer in connection with its buy-out of a majority stake of an aviation repair and service company (amount confidential)
  • Represented buyer in connection with its purchase of a bus transportation company (amount confidential)
  • Represented buyer in connection with its purchase of a fitness facility (amount confidential)
  • Represented buyer in connection with its purchase of a funeral home (amount confidential)
  • Represented publishing company (acquirer) in connection with merger transaction

Software

  • Represented distributor of SAN connectivity equipment in connection with its $20 million sale of business.  This was a long-term client
  • Represented software development company in connection with its $11.5 million sale to strategic buyer.  This was a long-term client
  • Represented seller in connection with the sale of its technology business (amount confidential)
  • Represented buyer of a radiation technology business (amount confidential)
  • Represented buyer in connection its purchase of a technology and software business (amount confidential)

Healthcare

  • Merged large radiology groups together to form a 60+ physician group
  • Represented hospital in connection with the creation and establishment of an Oncology Center of Excellence
  • Represented large surgery practice in connection with its $40 million sale of its practice.
  • Represented large physician practice in connection with its $35.8 million sale of practice
  • Represented home health care provider of goods and services in connection with its $26.7 million sale of business
  • Represented physicians in connection with its $24.5 million sale of its surgery center
  • Represented physicians in connection with its $20.5 million sale of its pain management practice
  • Represented two separate medical practices in connection with the sale of their medical practices and vein center to private hospital system for a purchase price in excess of $20 million
  • Represented home health company in connection with its $12 million sale of its business
  • Represented physicians in the sale of their medical practice to health system for $8 million
  • Represented anesthesiology practice in the sale of their practice to health system (amount confidential)
  • Represented buyer in connection with its acquisition of optometry practices (amount confidential)
  • Represented a number of large physician practices in connection with their acquisition of primary care and other specialty groups (amounts confidential and acquisitions ongoing)

Sports Franchise

  • Represented buyer in connection with the purchase of minority interest in minor league professional sports franchise (amount confidential).
  • Represented seller in connection with the sale of majority interest in minor league professional sports franchise (amount confidential).

Financial Institutions

  • Represented financial institution (acquirer) in connection with a merger transaction valued at $83.2 million.
  • Represented financial institution in connection with $15 million purchase of a loan sourcing company.
  • Represented financial institution in connection with the purchase and sale of Title 1 Loan Portfolios.
  • Represented financial institution in connection with the purchase of Student Loan Portfolios.
  • Represented financial institution in connection with the purchase and sale of Branch Locations.

Representative Transactions – Private Equity and Venture Capital Transactions

Service Industry

  • Represented financial institution in connection with issuing $20 million of its preferred stock to the United States Secretary of Treasury under the Small Business Lending Fund.
  • Represented publicly traded insurance holding company in connection with its $17 million Series A Preferred Stock private placement of securities.

Manufacturing and Distribution

  • Represented pole manufacturing company in connection with its $4.2 million private placement of securities.
  • Represented publicly traded electrical lighting fixture company in connection with its $4 million private placement of securities.
  • Represented medical device manufacturer in connection with its $3 million private placement of securities.

Real Estate Holdings/Developers

  • Represented real estate acquisition and development group in connection with $30 million and $50 million loan restructure transactions.
  • Represented real estate acquisition group in connection with its $10 million bridge financing transaction.
  • Represented real estate developer in connection with its $1 million private placement of securities.

Software/Technology

  • Represented technology based company in connection with its $7 million Series A Preferred Stock private placement of securities.
  • Represented technology based company in connection with its $6 million Series A Preferred Stock private placement of securities.
  • Represented technology based company in connection with its $5.1 million private placement of securities.
  • Represented sports technology based company in connection with its $2.5 million private placement of securities.
  • Represented technology based company in connection with its $1.2 million Series B Preferred Stock private placement of securities

Professional Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar (Sections: Business and Health Law)
  • The New York State Bar Association
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Member, Jessup International Moot Court Team, 1994
  • Member, Akron Law Review, 1993 – 1994

Recent Presentations / Lectures

  • “Providing Incentives for Key Employees,” Technology Enterprise CEO Council
  • ”Raising Capital – Seed Round and Secondary Rounds,” Enterprise North Florida
  • “Mergers & Acquisitions – An Overview of the Process,” Institute of Management Accountants

Published Articles

  • “Dividend Recapitalization: An Alternative to Selling Your Business,” News and Resources – www.rezlegal.com (June 27, 2016)
  • “Buy Bankruptcy Assets for Pennies on the Dollar,” The Business Journal (November 2002)
  • “Addressing the Capital Needs of Your Business,” The Business Journal (September 2000)
  • “Medical Savings Accounts,” Jacksonville Medical Connections Journal (March/April 1997)