Robert A. Emmanuel


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Robert Emmanuel graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame in 1976, earning a degree in economics and government. He then attended Duke University School of Law, earning his Juris Doctorate degree in 1979.

He joined Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon upon graduation and for more than 38 years, has practiced in the areas of construction, business, and land use law.

He regularly advises businesses on development matters, and contract litigation. He is especially involved in construction law, regularly representing contractors, sub-contractors, owners, architects, and engineers in contracting and litigation matters in state and federal courts, and arbitrations.

He facilitates several construction law seminars each year for various industry and professional groups.

Robert is board-certified by the Florida Bar in Construction Law, having served on the inaugural Florida Bar Construction Law Certification committee. He has been named a Super Lawyer in the field of Construction Law for the last 10 years. He is also a Florida Supreme Court certified Circuit Court Mediator.


  • Director, Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon, 1979


  • Duke University School of Law, 1979
  • University of Notre Dame, honors, 1976

Bar Admissions 

  • Florida Bar 


  • Admitted to all Florida State Courts
  • Admitted to United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • Admitted to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Admitted to United States Tax Court

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar, Construction Law Committee
  • Executive Council of the Trial Lawyers’ Section, past Member
  • The American Bar Association
  • Construction Litigation Committee
  • Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association
  • National Diocesan Attorneys Association
  • Pensacola Chamber of Commerce 
    • Past Board Member, Legal Counsel 1997-1998
  • Pensacola Arts Council
    • Past Board Member and Board Chair
  • Catholic Social Services
    • Past Board Member and Past Chair
  • Ascension Florida Health System
    • Current Chair of Board of Trustees
  • Sacred Heart Health System
    • Past Board Member and Chair
  • Pensacola Sacred Heart Hospital
    • Past Board Member and Chair
  • Sacred Heart Foundation
    • Past Board Member
  • Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese
    • Finance Council/Chair
  • Rebuild Northwest Florida
    • Volunteer Legal Counsel
  • Pensacola Symphony Orchestra
    • Past Board Member and Chair
  • American Heart Association – Northwest Florida Affiliate
    • Past Board Member and Chair

Recognition & Awards

  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Board-Certified in Construction Law, Florida Bar
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
  • Super Lawyer, 2011 – 2020