Ruskin, Florida Real Estate Lawyers

Alicia Regina Seward
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Florida Real Estate Law Attorney

Alicia’s life story begins in Westchester County, New York and she moved to Florida when she was relatively young. After high school, she attended Florida State University and obtained her undergraduate degree in... Read More »
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Apollo Beach, FL Real Estate Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(813) 677-7827 7702 Nottinghill Sky Dr
Apollo Beach, FL 33572
Real Estate, Business, Divorce and Entertainment & Sports
Stetson University College of Law
Ruskin, FL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(530) 305-3808 833 Seminole Sky Dr
Ruskin, FL 33570
Real Estate
Lincoln Law School
Apollo Beach, FL Real Estate Law Attorney with 45 years experience
(813) 645-6796 5908 Fortune Pl
Apollo Beach, FL 33572
Real Estate, Divorce, Elder and Estate Planning
Stephen K. Hachey
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(813) 549-0096 15619 Premiere Dr. Ste 104A
Tampa, FL 33624
Free ConsultationTampa, FL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
Real Estate, Business, Foreclosure Defense and Landlord Tenant
Florida State University College of Law
Mr. Hachey opened his law practice in Tampa, Florida in 2007. Mr. Hachey is admitted to the Florida Bar and is licensed to practice law in the state of Florida. Prior to launching his legal career, Mr. Hachey earned an undergraduate degree from Indiana University in accounting and performed tax consulting services as a Certified Public Accountant for Arthur Andersen in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Hachey is also a graduate of Florida State University, earning his law degree in 2005.

Mr. Hachey is also a current member of the National and Florida Board of Realtors, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants,...
Jeffrey Lieser
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Tampa, FL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(813) 280-1256 403 N. Howard Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
Real Estate, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Employment
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Jeff is the Managing Partner of Lieser Skaff Alexander (LSA), a 9-attorney firm with 3 Florida offices. Jeff has concentrated his practice on business law and business litigation.

In 2017 and 2018, Jeff was named to the Florida Legal Elite roster. The select lawyers on this prestigious list represent fewer than 1.5% of active Florida Bar members. Jeff has also been selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers® magazine each year from 2013-2017, an honor based upon peer review reserved for the top 2.5% of attorneys under age 40.

Jeff represents clients in complex business and civil litigation cases...
David Befeler
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Tampa, FL Real Estate Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(813) 419-2004 3030 N. Rocky Point Dr. W.
Suite 150
Tampa, FL 33607
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Foreclosure Defense, Immigration and Landlord Tenant
Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University and University of Miami School of Law
Brice Zoecklein
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Brandon, FL Real Estate Law Attorney
(813) 540-0276 915 Oakfield Dr. Suite C
Brandon, FL 33511
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Foreclosure Defense, Insurance Claims and Probate
Stetson University College of Law
Mr. Zoecklein currently focuses his practice on Plaintiff's Civil Litigation. His team is currently litigating cases throughout the State of Florida in the practice areas of probate administration, estate litigation, insurance claims, family law and business law. Brice Zoecklein grew up in Blacksburg Virginia and attended Virginia Tech where he graduated cum laude and obtained a degree in business management. While at Virginia Tech Mr. Zoecklein ran several successful franchises throughout Virginia and North Carolina. Mr. Zoecklein then obtained his juris doctorate degree cum luade and a Masters in Business Administration from Stetson University College of Law....
Mr. Paul D. Bain
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Tampa, FL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(813) 223-7474 101 E. Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 2700
Tampa, FL 33602
Real Estate
University of Florida Levin College of Law
For over 20 years, our team has been representing property and business owners in eminent domain and property rights litigation throughout the State of Florida. My practice concentrates on problem-solving from strategy and negotiation thorough trial. I serve as lead counsel in jury and non-jury trials, mediations, and other dispute resolution procedures. Our firm guides an owner through the condemnation process, protects an owner's property rights, and fights for an owner to receive full compensation. Practice areas: Eminent domain and property rights legal representation in trial and appellate court proceedings and administrative hearings. Founded in 1970, Trenam...
John K. Carter
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St. Petersburg, FL Real Estate Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(727) 456-8970 9455 Koger Blvd, Ste 102
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Free ConsultationReal Estate, DUI, Estate Planning and Probate
University of Virginia School of Law
John Carter has more that 25 years in the financial services industry. He runs a law office in St. Petersburg. Until recently, John served as Chairman, President, and CEO of a $50 billion asset management company consisting of approximately 120 funds and 35 investment sub-advisers. He has a vast amount of experience, which includes working for a law firm (Skadden Arps), a federal regulator (SEC), and leading companies (Franklin Templeton, Citigroup, and Transamerica). He is licensed as an attorney in Florida, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. John currently is obtaining a Master of Theology from Saint Leo University, Dade...
Samantha L. Dammer
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Tampa, FL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(813) 288-0303 620 E. Twiggs Street
Suite 110
Tampa, FL 33602
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Bankruptcy, Business and Foreclosure Defense
Valparaiso University School of Law
Samantha Dammer is an attorney licensed in Florida and Illinois, concentrating her practice in general business law, bankruptcy law, real estate litigation, foreclosure solutions, family law, as well as comprehensive asset protection and debt restructuring. A tenacious, compassionate and experienced attorney in Tampa Bay, Ms. Dammer provides a holistic approach to clients who are seeking relief from real estate related financial distress, foreclosure or pre-foreclosure issues.
John S. Koda
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Florida Real Estate Law Lawyer with 30 years experience

University of Florida College of LawU.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida and Florida
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Bryant Dunivan
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Valrico, FL Real Estate Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(813) 502-6768 1815 FL-60
#202
Valrico, FL 33594
Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense and Landlord Tenant
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
I am an Attorney with the Owen & Dunivan, PLLC. I currently focus my practice on foreclosure defense (including loss mitigation - short sales and loan modifications), bankruptcy representation (chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy), real estate/property law, consumer credit collection violations, and criminal law. A consultation with me or my firm may result in seeking relief under Title 11 of the US Code (Bankruptcy). We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.
Matthew D. Weidner
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250 Mirror Lake Dr. N
St Petersburg, FL 33701
Free ConsultationSt Petersburg, FL Real Estate Law Attorney with 20 years experience
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Foreclosure Defense
The Florida State University College of Law
A nationally-recognized leader in defending the rights of consumers in all area of legal disputes, with a very intense and dedicated focus to defending and prosecuting foreclosure related issues. The lawyers and staff at WeidnerLaw maintain a very hands on and personal approach to each client relationship and have a state of the art client communication system that ensures clients are kept abreast of all their case developments
John Matthew Hemenway
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Valrico, FL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(813) 643-4900 1060 Bloomingdale Ave
Valrico, FL 33596
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Probate
University of Florida
John M. Hemenway is a founding partner of Bivins & Hemenway, P.A. John practices in the areas of real estate, business law, and estate planning and probate, combining experience in each of these areas to provide a comprehensive approach to transactions and planning. He regularly counsels individuals in connection with their personal real estate and estate planning matters, and represents business owners in a variety of commercial real estate and business transactions.
John S. Koda
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(813) 816-1816 100 Ashley Dr S
#620
Tampa, FL 33602
Tampa, FL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
Real Estate, Business and Consumer
University of Florida College of Law
James William Martin
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St. Petersburg, FL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 45 years experience
(727) 821-0904 540 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Real Estate and Probate
Stetson University College of Law
Jim Martin practices probate estates, trusts and real estate law in Florida, has the highest ratings in Avvo, Martindale, & Superlawyers, and has written legal books and articles, presented at seminars, served on the probate rules committee of The Florida Bar, and chaired the probate and real estate sections of the St. Petersburg Bar. He is also an adjunct professor of law at Stetson College of Law. He has 45years of law practice experience.
Mr Marc H. Feldman
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Bradenton, FL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
(941) 758-8888 3908 26th St W
Bradenton, FL 34205
Real Estate, Business and Estate Planning
University of Florida
The law firm of Feldman & Roback focuses on real estate matters (such as the purchase, sale, and mortgage financing of real estate, title insurance, and closings), including the formation of limited liability companies and Florida land trusts as entities of choice for property transactions. We provide real estate closing services, including title insurance at competitive rates. We have been title agents for Old Republic Title Insurance Company and its predecessor, Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, for more than thirty-five years, and are also agents for Alliant National Title Insurance Company. As real estate lawyers, we can expertly advise and help...
Charles Reiger Gallagher III
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St Petersburg, FL Real Estate Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(727) 344-5297 5720 Central Ave
St Petersburg, FL 33707
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Consumer and Foreclosure Defense
Stetson University College of Law
Mr. Gallagher graduated from Stetson University College of Law. After graduation he began practice with a large Tampa firm focusing on insurance litigation. Additionally, Mr. Gallagher served as a Federal Judicial Intern for Chief Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich of the U.S. Middle District of Florida. Mr. Gallagher has experience in both litigation and transactional matters. His current practice focuses on insurance litigation, foreclosure defense, real estate litigation, business law and consumer law.

While at Stetson, Mr. Gallagher was the Director of the Legal Writing Clinic, President of the Christian Legal Society, a Teaching Fellow for Legal Research and Writing classes, a...
Donald Patrick DeCort
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Tampa, FL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(813) 254-0156 215 West Verne Street
Suite A
Tampa, FL 33606
Real Estate, Business, Divorce and Family
St. Mary's University School of Law
Don DeCort entered private practice in 1994 after an illustrious career in the U.S. Army, which culminated with his retirement as a colonel. He practiced with the firm of Anderson & Artigliere, PA from 1994 to 1995 and spent eight years as a partner in Holcomb & DeCort, P.A., from 1995 to 2003. He opened the Law Office of Donald P. DeCort, P.A. in 2003 and, along with Kristin R. H. Kirkner, Esquire, opened DeCort & Kirkner, P.L. July 1, 2010, and continues to concentrate his practice in the areas of family law, including military aspects of divorce and small...
Mr. Richard I. Kantner Jr.
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St. Petersburg, FL Real Estate Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(727) 781-8201 31 Beach Drive, SE
Bayfront Tower
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Elder and Estate Planning
Regent University School of Law
* Admitted to: Florida Bar, 1993; Tennessee Bar, 2007; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2000; U.S. Supreme Court, 2006. * Primary practice areas: Estate Planning (wills, trusts, Probate), Elder Law, Medicaid Planning, Real Estate (commercial and residential title closings), transactions, and Business Entities. * A featured speaker for the 2007 Financial Professionals Expo, Tampa, Florida, and the 2000 Money Sense Live personal-finance seminar sponsored by the Tampa Tribune and the Financial Planning Association of Tampa Bay. Frequent seminar speaker on the topic of estate planning. Several appearances on local television shows, including FLA Law (cable), Eight on...
Timothy C Martin Esq.
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Tampa, FL Real Estate Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(813) 260-1413 3813 W. El Prado Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33629
Real Estate, Animal and Business
Barry University
Timothy C. Martin is licensed to practice law in the state of Florida. As the owner/attorney of Martin Law Office, P.A., he serves the Tampa Bay and Central Florida areas and beyond in matters relating to animal law, environmental law and land use, real estate/real property, corporate law, business organizations and transactions, administrative law, and LGBT issues.
Sarah E Peart
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Tampa, FL Real Estate Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(813) 314-2475 10150 Highland Manor Dr,
Ste.# 200
Tampa, FL 33610
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Construction, Foreclosure Defense and Landlord Tenant
Florida State University College of Law
Sarah hails from Upstate New York and is a Yankee at heart, though she relocated to Florida over a decade ago. After high school, she moved to New York City to attend Fordham University. While living in the Big Apple, she gained experience through several jobs, including interning for The Fresh Air Fund, tutoring disadvantaged children in the Bronx through the America Reads Challenge program, and working on a congressional campaign, to name a few. During her junior year, she traveled to Ireland for a six month study abroad program and studied Celtic History and International Economics at University...
Lisa R Wilcox LL.M.
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Saint Petersburg, FL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(888) 945-2695 3637 4th Street North
Suite 320
Saint Petersburg, FL 33704
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Entertainment & Sports and Foreclosure Defense
Stetson University College of Law and Stetson University College of Law
Lisa is committed to stopping bullies. Her first fight as the underdog came when the City of Tampa tried an eminent domain action against her business. She then conquered "Economy Class Syndrome," a near-fatal blood clot caused by a long flight. After graduating from Stetson Law, she became a legal entrepreneur by helping herself and other students curb their student loans. Finally, she took on the biggest fight of her life by taking down a subsidiary of Enron. Lisa has now expanded her practice by training new lawyers and case managers in her same winning techniques. Our...
Joseph Noah Alexander
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Tampa, FL Real Estate Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(813) 280-1256 403 N. Howard Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606
Real Estate, Construction, Foreclosure Defense and Landlord Tenant
University of Houston Law Center
Joe focuses on business and commercial litigation, real property disputes, landlord representation, title insurance claims, trust and probate litigation, and corporate and business disputes, including shareholder derivative and dissolution actions. In addition, Joe represents community associations, such as homeowners’ associations and condominium associations. Joe’s diverse experience also includes general probate administration, drafting of wills and trusts and transactional matters. Licensed in 2003, Joe has been awarded the prestigious AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest such recognition possible for a lawyer, and one which reflects the opinions of members of the bar and judiciary. Joe has also been...
Eugene P. Castagliuolo
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(866) 200-4646 10853 Boyette Road
Riverview, FL 33569
Free ConsultationRiverview, FL Real Estate Law Attorney with 22 years experience
Real Estate and Bankruptcy
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Chris Fiori
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Tampa, FL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(888) 384-2872 1211 N Westshore Blvd
Ste 102
Tampa, FL 33607
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Domestic Violence, Family and Landlord Tenant
South Texas College of Law
Mr. Leighton J Hyde
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Tampa, FL Real Estate Law Attorney
(813) 870-9555 4100 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Suite 213
Tampa, FL 33609
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Landlord Tenant and Probate
Stetson University College of Law
REAL ESTATE LAW We handle all aspects of residential and commercial real estate transactions including: contract drafting, due diligence, negotiations, contract review, title insurance, lease preparation and review, land trusts, quieting title, mortgage and note preparation and more. Are you are a seller, buyer, tenant, landlord, or lender involved in a real estate transaction? Call The Law Office of Leighton J. Hyde, P.A. for a free consultation. If you decide to hire us, we will work diligently to protect your interests. We are also equipped to handle your real estate litigation matters including: evictions, contract disputes, fraud and misrepresentation, code...
John Edward Brown
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Bradenton, FL Real Estate Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(941) 782-1239 6150 53rd Avenue East
Bradenton, FL 34203
Real Estate, Business and Municipal
Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
Marshall Collins Deason Jr.
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Tampa, FL Real Estate Law Attorney with 46 years experience
(813) 877-9222 3321 Henderson Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33609
Real Estate, Business and Construction
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Marshall C. Deason, Jr., has more than 25 years of experience in handling real estate, development, and construction transactions and in organizing and representing Tampa businesses as corporations, LLCs, and LLPs. He is board certified in real estate law by The Florida Bar and has earned an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Prior to joining the Gibbons Neuman in 2007, Mr. Deason has been a member of both Florida and multi-state law firms, has served as vice president and general counsel of a publicly held real estate development company, and worked as an attorney/advisor to the U.S. Department of...
Thomas A. Brodersen
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St. Pete Beach, FL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(727) 363-6100 350 Corey Avenue
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Real Estate and Business
DePaul University College of Law
Benjamin Andrew Winter
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Saint Petersburg, FL Real Estate Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(727) 822-0100 146 Second Street North
Suite 102
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Landlord Tenant and Workers' Comp
Stetson University College of Law
Spiro J. Verras
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Tampa, FL Real Estate Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(813) 228-6800 1509 W Swann Ave
Suite 240A
Tampa, FL 33060
Real Estate, Elder, Estate Planning and Probate
Tulane University School of Law
A graduate of Yale and Tulane, Spiro’s professional background includes estate planning and probate, corporate and business law, real estate and closings, intellectual property, immigration and civil litigation, with experience in serious personal injury and probate litigation. He has handled class actions, consumer protection and privacy matters, and has pursued claims against major financial institutions on behalf of defrauded customers, and he has tirelessly championed civil rights suits. A native of Tarpon Springs, Florida, Spiro was formerly a partner at Jones, Verras & Freiberg, a New Orleans-based multistate law firm. After returning to the Tampa Bay area, Spiro served...
Alicia Regina Seward
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TAMPA, FL Real Estate Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(813) 252-6789 1814 N. 15th Street
Suite 10
TAMPA, FL 33605
Real Estate, Collections, Foreclosure Defense and Landlord Tenant
Stetson University College of Law
Alicia’s life story begins in Westchester County, New York and she moved to Florida when she was relatively young. After high school, she attended Florida State University and obtained her undergraduate degree in English Literature. Subsequently, Alicia attended Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida where she concentrated her studies in Trial Advocacy. Prior to forming Seward Law, Alicia worked in the real estate field representing associations and landlords in resolving various real estate matters. Alicia’s personal hobbies are spending time with her niece, running 5K’s, traveling and relaxing by the pool. She lives and works in the...
Shannon M Houk
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Tampa, FL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(813) 422-5622 1503 S. US Highway 301
Suite 38
Tampa, FL 33619
Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Business and Consumer
University of Miami School of Law
Gary Baker
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St Petersburg, FL Real Estate Law Attorney with 46 years experience
(727) 561-0066 724-B Second Avenue
St Petersburg, FL 33759
Real Estate, Bankruptcy and Business
The University of Chicago Law School
Gary H. Baker, P.A. is a full-service law firm which represents clients in a number of areas concerning consumer debt. Our consumer debt practice is primarily focused around bankruptcy filings, foreclosure defense, collection accounts or other civil law suits, and mortgage modifications. Mr. Baker has over 35 years of experience assisting clients. He has represented consumer debtors, as well as privately and publicly traded companies. A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, following his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma, Mr. Baker is admitted to practice law in both Florida and Oklahoma.
Michael J. Owen
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Valrico, FL Real Estate Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(813) 502-6768 1815 FL-60
#202
Valrico, FL 33594
Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Family and Personal Injury
Western Michigan University
David Kyle Blazek
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Tampa, FL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(813) 693-5188 400 East Jackson St.
Suite 2340
Tampa, FL 33602-5233
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Bankruptcy, Business and Estate Planning
University of Wisconsin Law School
Stephanie Martin
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Tampa, FL Real Estate Law Lawyer
(813) 280-1256 403 N. Howard Ave, Suite 350
Tampa, FL 33606
Real Estate and Business
Stephanie Martin focuses her practice on assisting real estate and business clients with their legal needs. Stephanie is board certified in real estate law and began practicing law in 2006. After spending the bulk of her career with large “AmLaw 200” national law firms—specifically, Adams and Reese LLP, Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell P.A., and Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP— she joined LSA in May 2018. Her practice consists of both litigation and transactional matters; and she has extensive experience in real estate litigation, commercial and business litigation, and financial services litigation.
Gregory R. Haney
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Tampa, FL Real Estate Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(813) 229-7600 101 E Kennedy Blvd
Suite 2800
Tampa, FL 33602
Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Business and Construction
University of Florida
GREGORY R. HANEY is a partner in the real estate practice group in the Tampa, Florida office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. Mr. Haney is AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and was recognized by Super Lawyers as a 2009 Florida Rising Star. Mr. Haney has substantial experience in handling negotiation, financing, title, and all other aspects of commercial real estate transactions involving shopping centers, office buildings, retail centers, multi-family housing projects, and hotels, as well as related land use issues. Mr. Haney also has substantial experience in representing both landlords and tenants in commercial leasing transactions involving office, retail,...
Melanie Luten
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Bradenton, FL Real Estate Law Attorney with 22 years experience
802 11th St W
Bradenton, FL 34205
Real Estate and Business
University of Connecticut School of Law
Carol A. Johnson
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Pinellas Park, FL Real Estate Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(727) 647-6645 82310 1st Ave N
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Real Estate, Elder, Estate Planning and Probate
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Real estate refers to land, as well as anything permanently attached to the land, such as buildings and other structures, and covers more than just the drafting of contracts for the purchase and sale of property. Both federal and state laws regulate real estate transactions. The Federal Fair Housing Act, for example, prohibits discrimination in real estate transactions on account of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Many states have enacted similar legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of certain characteristics.

Attorneys in this field may handle leasing issues, landlord-tenant disputes, eviction proceedings and homeowner association (HOA) problems. Other matters within this practice area include title disputes, mortgages, covenants, easements, and equitable servitudes. Many real estate issues can affect both commercial and individual renters and landlords. Real estate lawyers who represent commercial interests may also focus on land use, zoning, environmental law, or eminent domain issues.

Some states provide a certification for lawyers who have demonstrated experience and competency in the practice of real estate law. These attorneys must meet certain educational, experience, and examination requirements to receive the certification as a specialist.


Deed: The legal document that transfers the ownership of real property from one party to another.

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