I have been an attorney for over 50 years.  My avocation is the study of American History, particularly our early history.  I graduated from college with a dual major in History and Economics.  I have broad legal experience, and my specialty is Corporation Law.

A knowledge of American History is basic to an understanding of our laws and legal system.  This is particularly true of our early history starting with the Declaration of Independence and the later creation and adoption of the Constitution, which was soon followed by the first ten amendments.  Those amendments, known as our Bill of Rights, underscore our fundamental liberties, which are reflected in our laws and legal system.

Why were those amendments required? If they are fundamental, why were they not initially included in the Constitution? The answers are found in history.

Over time more amendments were added.  Why? Look to history.  The Fifth Amendment included the right of due process of law.  Yet, it is repeated in the Fourteenth Amendment.  Again, revisit history.

We practice law.  A law degree is required, by law.  An ongoing awareness of history is fundamental to understanding the limits of the law and of governments, courts, individuals, associations and corporations.

To learn more about David Budd’s passion for American history and the law, contact him at dbudd@gfpac.com or call 239-514-1000.

+ posts

David Budd is a shareholder of Grant Fridkin Pearson, P.A. He has practiced law in Southwest Florida since 1981 and has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Prior to moving to Naples, David served as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, as Chief of the Antitrust Section in the Office of the Ohio Attorney General, as a partner and head corporate attorney in an Ohio law firm, and as in-house or general counsel to Florida corporations engaged in manufacturing and mining. In addition to business and real estate, David has experience in estate planning & administration, and litigation.