John C. “Jack” Shawde and John D. Eaton have nearly fifty years of combined experience in handling a wide variety of legal matters, with a particular emphasis on bankruptcy related litigation, federal and state court creditors’ rights litigation, director and officer litigation, other complex commercial litigation, and bid protests. Together and separately, they have represented creditors, trustees, assignees, and institutional lenders and businesses in some of the largest and highest profile cases in Florida. Both Jack and John have had the honor and privilege of being named as partners and/or shareholders at some of the largest and most respected law firms in Florida and the United States.

Awards & Recognition

Throughout their careers, both Jack and John have received numerous awards, ratings, and recognitions from their peers acknowledging their legal excellence, including Martin-Hubbell’s highest AV Preeminent rating, Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, South Florida Legal Guide, South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers, and the Legal 500. In addition, Shawde & Eaton has been recognized as one of the Best Law Firms in America by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.


Jack and John have been practicing law together in South Florida for nearly 20 years. In May, 2013, Jack and John formed Shawde & Eaton, P.L. so that they could provide their clients with a more personal and collaborative representation, something that they found had become more difficult at larger law firms. With Jack and John’s combined expertise and experience, Shawde & Eaton, P.L. is able to offer their clients the type of exceptional and sophisticated service that the clients would expect to receive at a large firm, but on a more personalized and direct basis that is typically found at small firms.

Our Mission

Shawde & Eaton, P.L.’s mission is to develop and implement creative and cost efficient strategies and solutions that are designed to meet the individual needs and goals of every client. The size of the firm and the long professional history between Jack and John allows them to work collaboratively on matters to meet the particular needs and expectations of each of Shawde & Eaton, P.L.’s clients, but on a much more direct and efficient basis than is found at large firms.

Recognized for Excellence:


Shawde & Eaton, P.A. - Rated AV PREEMINENT bt Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings Shawde & Eaton, P.L. Recognized with Best Lawyers as "Best Law Firm" 2020.Shawde & Eaton, P.L. - Awarded Florida’s “Super Lawyers” Shawde & Eaton, P.L. - Awarded by Florida Trend Magazine, "Legal Elite”