Attorney / Director

Alan B. Bookman

Practice Areas

Corporate

Personal

Alan B. Bookman joined Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon in 1975 and is now one of the firm’s senior attorneys practicing in the areas of real estate law, probate, guardianship and trust litigation, and commercial litigation. Alan is board-certified by the Florida Bar in Real Estate Law, is also certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Mediator, and is rated an AV Preeminent Attorney by Martindale-Hubble. 

Experience

Alan Bookman began his law career with the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General Corp., where he served in a variety of legal capacities, including Senior Defense Counsel and Chief of Military Justice.

  • Senior Defense Council and Chief of Military Justice
  • U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General Corp: 1971 – 1975
  • Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon
  • Associate: 1975 – 1978
  • Director: 1978 – present
  • President: 2008 – 2015

Education: 

  • Tulane University, B.S., 1969
  • Tulane University School of Law, J.D., 1971

Bar Admissions

Courts

  • All Florida State Courts, 1973 
  • All Louisiana State Courts, 1971 
  • Federal District Courts:
  • Florida, Middle District, 2016
  • Florida Northern district, 1975 
  • Louisiana, Eastern District, 1971 
  • United States Supreme Court, 1977

Professional & Community Affiliations:

  • The Florida Bar
    • President: 2005 – 2006 
    • President Elect: 2004 – 2005 
    • Board of Governors: 1996 – 2004 
    • Executive Committee:1999 – 2000; 2001 – 2006
    • Legislation Committee Chair: 2003 – 2004 
    • Communications Committee Chair: 1999 – 2000 
    • Appeals Committee, Vice Chair: 2000 – 2001 
    • Strategic Planning Committee Chair: 2004 – 2005
    • Membership Outreach Committee Chair: 2004 – 2005
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Committee Chair: 2010 – 2011 
    • Speakers Bureau Chair: 1999 – 2001 
    • Young Lawyers Board of Governors: 1977 – 1983
    • Merit Selection/Merit Retention Committee Chair: 1999-2001 
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section-Chair: 2010
    • Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee: 2006 – 2013
    • Judicial Nominating Commission 1st Judicial Circuit: 1985 – 1990
    • Judicial Nominating Commission 1st District Court of Appeal: 2010 -2013 
    • Vision 2016 Commission: 2013 – 2015  
  • Florida Supreme Court 
    • Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity, Member: 2005 – 2007
    • Select Committee on Justice Teaching, Member: 2006 – present
    • Historical Society, Member and Board of Trustees: 2006 – present
    • Florida Supreme Court Mortgage Foreclosure Task Force: 2009 – 2010 
    • Florida Supreme Court Judicial Branch Governance Study Group: 2010 – 2011
  • American Bar Association 
    • House of Delegates, Member: 2004 – 2009
  • The Florida Bar Foundation
    • Board of Directors: 1984 – 1990, 2004 – 2006 
    • Assistant Treasurer: 1983 – 1984
  • Escambia Santa Rosa Bar Association 
    • Member of the Board of Directors 
    • Executive Council: 1982 – 1983 and 1990 – 1993 
    • President:1991 – 1993
  • Northwest Florida Legal Services Inc. 
    • Past President and Member of the Board
  • Escambia County Legal Aid Society
    • President: 1979 – 1980
  • Florida Lawyers Mutual Ins., Co. 
    • Board of Director: 2006 – present
    • Claims Committee
    • Executive Committee
    • Audit committee
    • Finance Committee
    • Underwriting Committee
    • IT Committee – Chair
    • Audit – Vice Chair
  • Judicial Qualifications Commission: 2013 – 2018
  • Ronald McDonald House
    • President: 1999 – 2001 
    • Board Member 
  • Panhandle Tiger Bay Club 
    • President, 1977-1978
    • Former Board Member 
  • Fiesta of Five Flags
    • Vice President
    • Former Member Executive Council 
  • Rotary Club of Pensacola
    • President: 2011-2012  
    • Former Board Member
  • Pensacola Junior College 
    • Adjunct Professor 
  • Gulf Coast Kid’s House, Inc.
    • Former Board Member
  • Bnai Israel Synagogue
    • Former Board Member 
  • Temple Beth El
    • Former Board Member 
  • City of Pensacola Districting Commission 2011

Recognition & Awards

  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell 
  • Super Lawyer, 2006-2021
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend: 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2019, 2020
  • Florida Super Lawyers: 2006-2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell “2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Real Estate Law”
  • Martindale-Hubbell “2016 Top Rated Lawyer in Litigation”