Bar Admissions
  • Florida


  • Italian
  • Spanish

Umberto C. Bonavita

International Business and Yacht Lawyer, Umberto is a Partner at Robert Allen Law.  He is a transactional attorney representing U.S. and multinational companies in the areas of corporate, securities and finance law as well as general business matters.  He also specializes in the yachting industry, regularly advising clients on all aspects of yacht transactions.

His practice areas include:

  • Superyacht Transactions
  • Corporate Law
  • International Business Law
  • Alcoholic Beverage Law


  • Superyacht Transactions:  Umberto has extensive experience in yacht law representing a broad spectrum of clients in the yachting industry, including yacht manufacturers, yacht brokerages, franchisors, franchisees, marine lenders, and purchasers and sellers of pleasure yachts. He regularly represents clients, speaks and publishes in the following areas:
    • Yacht Purchase and Sales Agreements and Negotiations
    • New Build Construction Agreements and Negotiations
    • Dealer Agreements
    • Warranty Agreements and Claims
    • Crew Agreements
    • Chartering Agreements
  • Corporate Law: Umberto represents clients in a wide range of transactional and commercial matters. He handles mergers, acquisitions and other business combinations, change in control matters, stock accumulations and various financings. He advises boards of directors and special committees of boards on significant transactions and corporate governance, and other matters raising fiduciary duty and business judgment issues.
  • International Business Law: Umberto represents numerous multinational corporations  providing legal advice relating to their Florida or international operations.  He has extensive experience assisting Italian based companies and entrepreneurs establish U.S. based businesses and subsidiaries.  He often serves as outside general counsel for these companies and advises on his clients’ operations and strategic decisions.


  • Fordham University School of Law (J.D. 2001)
    • Notes and Articles Editor, Fordham Intellectual Property Media & Entertainment Law Journal
  • University of Virginia (B.A. 1995)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Professional Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • The New York State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Italy America Chamber of Commerce, Southeast, Member of the Board of Directors and Executive Vice President
  • International Yacht Brokers Association
  • US Superyacht Association
  • Marine Industries Association of South Florida


  • AV Rated Attorney Martindale
  • Date County Bar Association Legal Luminaries:  2016 Top Corporate Lawyer, Finalist

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Contact Us

Robert Allen Law has offices in The Four Seasons Office Tower in the heart of the Miami financial district and in Palm Beach, Florida.

(p) 305.372.3300 (f) 305.379.7018
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