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Our Practice

Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Business Transactions & Development
  • Business Plans
  • New Technology and Startups
  • Commercial Litigation & Arbitration
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Available For Business Analysis/Consultation in the Atlanta Area

Our Approach

At the Crenshaw Law Firm we specialize in bringing the law to your corner. We are dedicated to understanding what results you want and to helping you understand what actions we can take on your behalf. We will work with you every step of the way to make sure that you understand the choices you are making and feel empowered to make them.

A Team in Your Corner

Culture of Accomplishment.  For legal work in Florida or analysis/consultation in the Atlanta Metro area, the Firm maintains an open approach to respond to a broad array of clients to provide innovative solutions to legal challenges and business developments with an attitude of collaboration by consulting appropriate specialists, engineers, scientists and economists.

Legacy of Success

Phillip T. Crenshaw has been working in his field for more than 40 years and has a proven track record of success.  He will use that experience to help you down a path to the results you need.

Phillip T. Crenshaw



  • The Florida Bar (1971)
  • U.S. District Court for Southern and Middle Districts of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Court of Appeals of U.S. Fifth Circuit (New Orleans) and Eleventh Circuit (Atlanta)
  • U.S. Supreme Court



  • B.S. (Finance and Accounting) (cum laude), 1967
  •  Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
  • MBA (Finance and Economics), 1968
  •  Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Juris Doctorate, 1970
  •  Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida



  • The Crenshaw Law Firm, P.A./Phillip T. Crenshaw, P.A. • Managing Partner in  business and property transactions, litigation and international business
  • Arnstein & Lehr • Partner in West Palm Beach, Florida office of Chicago, Illinois based law firm; business and  construction litigation; property transactions
  • Palm Recycling & Manufacturing, Inc. • Founder and operator; material conversion and municipal solid waste recycling.
  • Crenshaw & Crenshaw, P.A. •  Partner: State trial and appellate litigation, federal trial and bankruptcy; and administrative  procedures, real estate, construction,  commercial and international business
  • Hamilton, James, Merkle and Young • General practice associate; West Palm Beach law firm. General trials, real estate, corporate, probate
  • O’Connell & Cooper, P.A. • Associate;  prepare corporate records; deposition and exhibit trial  preparation, including municipal litigation
  • Rinker Materials Corporation • Associate house counsel; manufacturer and distributor in Florida of redi-mix concrete, block,  steel and building materials

White Papers and Writings

  • Analysis paper “Introductory Feasibility Information for Development and Operation of Municipal Solid Waste Recycling and 500,000 Ton Per Year Incineration Electric Power Plant in Quito, Ecuador Area” May 2007 (Spanish and English) to executive committee of Termopichincha, S.A., government corporation for power development and distribution and ethanol manufacture (powerpoint)
  • Paper titled “Now That We Know the Problems, This is an Actual Solution in the Area of Waste Disposal” (material recovery facility) circulated during July 12 and 13, 2007 at Climate Change Summit in Miami, Florida.  Based on operation experience within municipal solid waste material recovery facilities.   (see photo up and to the left)
  • Paper titled “Aggressive Responses to Bankruptcy Filings to Increase Collection and Related Credit Procedures” presented to South Florida Credit Union Association in Boca Raton, Florida on March 18, 1991
  • Paper titled “Uniform Purchase Order and Business Protection Techniques” presented to National Management Workshop of Industrial Fabrics Association International (awning manufacturers division) at Phoenix, Arizona On January 26 through 28, 1990. Included standard purchase order and proposal contract for industry-wide use in the United States and Canada
  • White paper to clients and interested parties: “Changes in Florida Mechanics Lien Law,” effective October 1, 1990
  • Paper titled “A Court Limits the Coverage of Realtor Errors & Omissions Insurance Making the Policy Worthless,” November, 1989 to National Association of Realtors (Florida Realtor), reviewed in Benchmark Review, August – September, 1990 issue
  • Article/Presentation: “Developing Legal Construction Problems” presented February 9, 1989 to Southern Canvas and UK Canvas Products Associations regional convention in Orlando, Florida
  • Part of three man team to assemble and publish tri-lingual (English, Vietnamese and Korean) booklet for troop use in Viet Nam in 1965

More About Phillip T. Crenshaw


Community Contributions

  • Member of Palm Beach Friends of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine; to build clinic in Palm Beach Gardens in 2001
  • Palm Beach Opera, board of directors, 1982 – 1984 during reorganization and development of Raymond F. Kravis Performing Arts Center
  • Member, Education Committee, Palm Beach Board of Realtors
  • Member, Chinese Association of Science, Economics and Culture of South Florida, Inc.
  • Palm Beach County Commission appointment (1990 – 1993) to Palm Beach County Environmental Appeals Board as voting member from legal community; potable water and sewer/ground water/septic regulations
  • Chamber of Commerce advisory committee member: proposed revised city sign code “User Friendly and Easily Regulated Without Distracting from Business Attraction,” presented to West Palm Beach City Council; two year national use, regulation and safety impact study 
  • Formulated standard liability protection strategy for United States branches of International Wine & Food Society, Ltd., London based, obtained IRS 501(c)(7) tax exempt for central United States corporation in New York and all branches


Professional Activities

  • Lobbyist for commercial fisherman to amend Florida agricultural cooperative statute allowing fin fish as an agricultural commodity
  • Negotiated waste plastic preparation concession for South Carolina grinding mill with north Florida county prison labor
  • Dekalb County, Georgia negotiated amendment to RFP for 100% recycling of municipal solid waste
  • Advise Brazilian soybean export brokers regarding banking, credits and collections, Chamber of Commerce customs/rules, shipping demand (Baltic Dry Index) negotiating with Chinese customers
  • Advise flower growers association, Bogotá, Colombia, as to development plan to create waste composting facility to decrease fertilizer costs, dump site reclamation applying coal mining technology
  • Consult with economic development commissioner, Merida, Venezuela, to develop waste recycling network of facilities; outline process with capital budget and community benefit potential
  • Consult with vice president of Central Bank, Ecuador, South America regarding nationwide use of household waste to manufacture ethanol, avoiding foreign fossil fuel sources


memberships (Former & Current)


  • The Florida Bar 
  • Section Member; business law, litigation,
  • American Bar Association
  • Section member: environmental, natural resources and energy law
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Section member: general; bankruptcy
  • Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Attorney’s Title Insurance Fund (Former Agent)


  • Atlanta Venture Forum
  • American Management Association
  • Associated General Contractors of America
  • Home Builders and Contractors of America
  • Industrial Fabrics Association International
  • National Recycling Coalition
  • Solid Waste Association of North America
  • The Society of Plastics Industry
  • World Trade Center, Palm Beach


  • Who's Who in Practicing Attorneys
  • National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals

Military Service

  • U.S. Army; Infantry - STRAC Military Police
  • Three commanding officers' letters of commendation