Special Legal Section 2018

Special Legal Section

Published December 2018

     FLCAJ congratulates the commitment that these Florida Bar Board Certified Condominium and Planned Development Attorneys have made. Of the 127 attorneys who have obtained this certification, we are glad to recognize 50 of them.


Joseph E. Adams, Esq.
Becker

12140 Carissa Commerce Court, Suite 200
Ft. Myers, FL  33966
239-433-7707
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www.beckerlawyers.com

Practicing Condominium/HOA Law

Related areas: Corporate Representation, Disaster Recovery. Offices in Ft. Myers and Naples

  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium and Planned Development Law
  • Vice Chair, The Florida Bar Condominium and Planned Development Law Certification Committee
  • Member, Becker’s Management Committee

Viviana Aspuru, Esq.
Rennert Vogel Mandler & Rodriguez P.A.

100 SE Second Street, Suite 2900
Miami, FL  33131
305-423-3432
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www.rvmrlaw.com

     Specializing in representation of developers in the structuring, creation, and operation of residential and commercial condominiums, hotel and resort condominiums, and planned community developments since 2004. 

B.A., Florida International University J.D., University of Miami School of Law


Keith F. Backer, Esq.
Backer Aboud Poliakoff & Foelster

400 South Dixie Hwy, Suite 420
Boca Raton, FL  33432
561-361-8535;
800-251-3562
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www.bapflaw.com

     Mr. Backer is the managing partner of Backer Aboud Poliakoff & Foelster LLP. He has provided legal counsel to hundreds of community association clients in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties for more than three decades. He left a previous firm in 1995 to create a firm that he felt could better provide personalized service to community associations.


Amanda K. Barritt, Esq.
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A.

1715 Monroe Street
Ft. Myers, FL  33901
239-344-1108
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www.henlaw.com

     Amanda Barritt is a specialist in Condominium & Planned Development Law and serves as Chair of Henderson Franklin’s condominium and homeowners associations practice group. She represents residential and commercial condominiums, as well as homeowners and property owners associations, in all aspects of condominium and property association law.


Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.
Becker

1 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 1800
Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33301
954-987-7550
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www.beckerlawyers.com

Represents all types and sizes of community associations throughout Florida

Related areas: Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL), Disaster Recovery

  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium and Planned Development Law
  • Member, College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL)
  • Founder—CommunityAssociationLawBlog.com

Andrew B. Black, Esq.
Kaye Bender Rembaum

1200 Park Central Blvd South
Pompano Beach, FL  33064
954-928-0680
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KBRLegal.com

     Andrew Black received his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2006. He joined KBR in 2007, was elevated to a Member in 2016, and assists the firm’s clients on all aspects of community association operations. He conducts board member certification seminars and enjoys speaking on pertinent community association topics.


Lee H. Burg, Esq.
Becker

1 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 1800
Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33301
954-987-7550
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www.beckerlawyers.com

Concentrating on Condominium/HOA Law

Related areas: Corporate Representation, Real Estate Law

  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium and Planned Development Law
  • Member, American Bar Association and Florida Bar Association

Harry W. Carls, Esq.
Becker

Regions Bank Building, 111 N. Orange Avenue, Ste. 1400
Orlando, FL  32801
407-875-0955
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www.beckerlawyers.com

Practicing Condominium/HOA Law

Related areas: Community Association Litigation & Covenant Enforcement.

Orlando office Co-Managing Shareholder

  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium and Planned Development Law
  • Certified Court Mediator

James Robert Caves, III, Esq.
Becker

12140 Carissa Commerce Court, Suite 200
Ft. Myers, FL  33966
239-433-7707
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www.beckerlawyers.com

Practice dedicated to Community Associations, primarily as General Counsel

Related areas: Corporate Representation, Technology/Telecommunications

  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium & Planned Development Law
  • Served as a staff attorney for the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee

Howard Allen Cohen, Esq.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

401 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 2250
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301
954-335-1589
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www.bipc.com/Howard-Allen-Cohen/

     Florida Board Certified in both Condominium and Planned  Development Law & Real Estate Law.

Preparation & revision of residential & commercial project documents for both developers & associations; Commercial real estate acquisitions, sales, leases, construction contracting & financing; Real estate litigation including access, easement & quiet title disputes.

University of Chicago Law School


Michael E. Chapnick, Esq.
Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel

Offices in Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach
561-296-5444
www.srhl-law.com

     Michael Chapnick has focused on community association law since 1996. He focuses his practice exclusively on community association representation, counseling condominium associations, homeowners associations, cooperatives, time-shares, and deed restricted communities on all aspects of community association law. He is a regular contributor to the firm’s community association law blog, FloridaHOALaw.com.


Douglas G. Christy, Esq.
Becker

1511 N. Westshore Boulevard, Suite 1000
Tampa, FL  33607
813-527-3900
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www.beckerlawyers.com

Practice dedicated to Community Association/HOA Law

Related areas: Community Association Litigation & Covenant Enforcement

  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium & Planned Development Law
  • Recognized as a “Rising Star,” by Florida Super Lawyers, 2015–2018

Lance D. Clouse, Esq.
Becker

Royal Palm Financial Center, 759 SW Federal Highway, Suite 213
Stuart, FL  34994
772-286-2990
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www.beckerlawyers.com

Practice dedicated to Community Association/HOA Law

Related areas: Corporate Representation

  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium & Planned Development Law
  • Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Florida Bar

Jane L. Cornett, Esq.
Becker

Royal Palm Financial Center,
759 SW Federal Highway, Ste. 213
Stuart, FL  34994
772-286-2990
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www.beckerlawyers.com

Practice dedicated to Community Association/HOA Law and Golf Course Communities

Related areas: Corporate Representation

  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium & Planned Development Law
  • Certified Circuit Civil Mediator

Philip J. Croyle, Esq.
Philip J. Croyle PA

370 Camino Gardens Boulevard, Suite 300
Boca Raton, FL  33432
561-368-4408
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www.croylelaw.com

A specialist in Condominium/HOA law since 1992.   

Providing personal, prompt, and professional service to community association boards and small businesses, including litigation, in Palm Beach and Broward counties. 

B.A., Goshen College (IN) 1973

J.D., Case Western Reserve University (OH) 1977


Jonathan James Damonte, B.C.S. , Esq.
Law Offices of Jonathan James Damonte Chartered

12110 Seminole Boulevard
Largo, FL  33778
727-586-2889
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www.damontelaw.com

Jonathan James Damonte is a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney based in Largo, Florida, and principal of Jonathan James Damonte Chartered. He received a B.A. in business administration from University of South Florida, Tampa, in 1976, and a J.D. (Juris Doctor) from Stetson College of Law, St. Petersburg, FL, in 1979.


Christopher N. Davies, Esq.
Cohen & Grigsby P.C.

Mercato–Suite 6200,
9110 Strada Place
Naples, FL  34108
239-390-1900
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www.cohenlaw.com

Mr. Davies has represented more than 500 Florida community associations on matters of board governance. The depth and breadth of legal services at Cohen & Grigsby allows for representation in areas frequently encountered by boards of directors beyond daily governance, such as enforcement of covenants, policies and rules, dispute resolution, insurance, foreclosures, employment, and contractual matters.


Rosa M. de la Camara, Esq.
Becker

Alhambra Towers,
121 Alhambra Plaza, 10th Floor
Coral Gables, FL  33134
305-262-4433
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www.beckerlawyers.com

Practice dedicated to Community Association/HOA Law

Related areas: Hotel Condo issues.

  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium & Planned Development Law
  • Member, Becker’s Management Committee

Richard D. DeBoest, Esq.
Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross PLLC

2030 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL  33901
239-333-2992
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www.gadclaw.com

     Richard D. DeBoest’s practice is concentrated exclusively in community association law. He is a sought-after expert on community association law, with regular speaking engagements and a column featured weekly in multiple news publications, covering topics such as assessment collection, management of board meetings, community association law, and more.


Kenneth S. Direktor, Esq.
Becker

1 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 1800
Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33301
954-987-7550
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Practicing Condominium/HOA Law

Related areas: Corporate Representation, Disaster Recovery

  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium & Planned Development Law
  • Member, College of Community  Association Lawyers (CCAL)
  • Member, Becker’s Management Committee
  • Chair, Community Association Practice Group at Becker

Peter Dunbar, Esq.
Dean, Mead & Dunbar

215 S. Monroe Street, Suite 815
Tallahassee, FL  32301
850-999-4100
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www.deanmead.com

Florida Bar Board Certified in Condominium and Planned Development Law.

Specializes in Condominium and HOA law involving community operations and governance, covenant enforcement and interpretation, real property disputes, and other community living legal issues.

Other areas of practice: Government Relations and Lobbying; Administrative Law; Water and Agribusiness Law.


Kevin L. Edwards, Esq.
Becker

6230 University Parkway, Suite 204
Sarasota, FL  34240
941-366-8826
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www.beckerlawyers.com

Practicing Condominium/HOA Law

Related areas: Corporate Representation

  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium & Planned Development Law
  • Member, Education Committee of the Community Associations Institute

Lilliana M. Farinas-Sabogal, Esq.
Becker

Alhambra Towers,
121 Alhambra Plaza, 10th Floor
Coral Gables, FL  33134
305-262-4433
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www.beckerlawyers.com

Practicing Condominium/HOA Law and Business Litigation

Related areas: Community Association Litigation & Covenant Enforcement, Corporate Representation, Appellate Litigation

  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium & Planned Development Law
  • Former Adjunct Professor, St. Thomas University, School of Law

Mark D. Friedman, Esq.
Becker

625 N. Flagler Drive, 7th Floor
West Palm Beach, FL  33401
561-655-5444
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www.beckerlawyers.com

Practicing Condominium/HOA Law

Related areas: Corporate Representation, Disaster Recovery

  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium & Planned Development Law
  • Frequent lecturer to community and civic organizations

Michael J. Gelfand, Esq.
Gelfand & Arpe P.A.

1555 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL  33401
561-655-6224
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www.gelfandarpe.com

Specialist: Community Association Law. Firm established: 1991. Dual Florida Bar Board Certified: Condominium and Planned Development; and Real Estate. Circuit & County Civil Court Mediator, HOA Mediator, Arbitrator, Parliamentarian.

Florida Bar Author and Lecturer.

Fellow, College of Community Association Lawyers

Past Chair, Boca Raton Builders Board of Adjustment and Appeals


Eric Glazer, Esq.
Glazer & Sachs

One Emerald Place
3113 Stirling Road, Suite 201
Hollywood, FL  33312
954-983-1112
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www.condo-laws.com

     Owner of Glazer and Sachs P.A., representing associations since 1992. The firm has certified approximately 15,000 board members statewide, has broadcast the Condo Craze and HOAs radio show since 2009, is certified by The Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Court Mediator, has drafted numerous provisions of the Florida Condominium and HOA statutes, and is a writer of the www.hoa-condoblog.com.


Michael C. Góngora, Esq.
Becker

Alhambra Towers,
121 Alhambra Plaza, 10th Floor
Coral Gables, FL  33134
305-262-4433
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www.beckerlawyers.com

Practicing Condominium/HOA Law and Commercial Litigation

Related areas: Collections & Foreclosure, Corporate Representation, Business Litigation

  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium & Planned Development Law
  • Elected for the third time to serve on the Miami Beach Commission (2017–2021)

Joyce Goodman-Guenther, Esq.
Joyce Goodman-Guenther P.A.

10723 SW 104 Street
Miami, FL  33176
305-274-5668
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www.jgguentherlaw.com

Board certified in Condominium and Planned Development Law. Since 1991, I have provided comprehensive legal representation for community associations in all areas affecting the existence and operation of the association. I am a certified county, circuit, and appellate court mediator and can serve as a third-party neutral to assist disputing parties.


Allison L. Hertz, Esq.
Kaye Bender Rembaum

9121 North Military Trail, Suite 200
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
561-241-4462
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KBRLegal.com

Ms. Hertz is a Palm Beach County native and has been exclusively practicing community association law throughout Florida for her entire legal career. Ms. Hertz graduated from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, Ft. Lauderdale, in 2007.


Michael L. Hyman, Esq.
Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel

Offices in Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach
305-442-3334
www.srhl-law.com

Michael Hyman has focused on community association law since 1970, when he was one of the first attorneys to concentrate on the practice area in Florida. He is a member of the 1994 charter class of the Community Associations Institute’s College of Community Association Lawyers, which recognizes the leading attorneys focusing on condominium law nationwide.


Robert L. Kaye, Esq.
Kaye Bender Rembaum

1200 Park Central Boulevard SouthPompano Beach, FL  33064
954-928-0680
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KBRLegal.com

Mr. Kaye graduated from the Detroit College of Law in 1986, practicing community association law since 1987, and is the founder and a managing member of Kaye Bender Rembaum. Mr. Kaye has served on the Florida Bar’s Grievance Committee and also on the Committee on the Unlicensed Practice of Law.


Elizabeth A. Lanham-Patrie, Esq.
Becker

Regions Bank Building,
111 N. Orange Ave., Suite 1400
Orlando, FL  32801
407-875-0955
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www.beckerlawyers.com

Practicing Condominium/HOA Law

  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium & Planned Development Law
  • Member, Community Associations Institute and Orange County Bar Association

Richard E. Larsen, Esq.
Larsen & Associates P.L. and The Collection Law Firm PLLC

300 S. Orange Avenue, Ste. 1575
Orlando, FL  32801
407-841-6555
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www.larsenandassociates.com

Dedicated solely to the practice of community association law. Specializing in condominium/HOA law since 1989. Founder of Larsen & Associates P.L. and The Collection Law Firm PLLC. Martindale-Hubbell rated: AV Preeminent.

B.S. Purdue University

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Member: Florida Bar; Illinois Bar

Past President CAI Mid-Florida Chapter


Lisa A. Lerner, Esq.
Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel

Offices in Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach 305-442-3334
www.srhl-law.com

Lisa Lerner has focused on community association law since 1983. She was appointed to serve as an original member of The Florida Bar’s Condominium and Planned Development Law Certification Committee, in which she assisted in developing the board certification process for the newly created condominium community certification specialty area.


Jay Steven Levine, Esq.
Levine Law Group

Offices in Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, and Indian Harbour Beach
561-999-9925; 561-627-3585
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www.jsllawgroup.com

Jay Steven Levine, of the Levine Law Group, with offices located in Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, and by appointment in Indian Harbour Beach [1-800-260-0226], has practiced community association law since 1980, addressing the following: Drafting amendments and entire re-writes, contracts, construction, casualty, insurance and disaster recovery, assessment collections, statutory and document interpretation, opinion letters, association loans, and arbitration/court actions.


Gary M. Mars, Esq.
Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel

Offices in Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach
305-442-3334
www.srhl-law.com

Gary Mars has focused on community association law since 1991. In addition to working closely with associations and their boards of directors, he also represents a number of condominium developers in matters involving their initial creation and administration of associations for their new communities. He regularly lectures on community association related topics.


Steven H. Mezer, Esq.
Becker

1511 N. Westshore Boulevard, Suite 1000
Tampa, FL  33607
813-527-3900
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www.beckerlawyers.com

Practicing Condominium/HOA Law and Business Litigation

Related areas: Collection of Assessments, Covenant Enforcement, Foreclosure

  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium & Planned Development Law
  • Board Certified Specialist in Real Estate
  • Member, College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL)

Jonathan M. Mofsky, Esq.
Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel

Offices in Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach
305-442-3334
www.srhl-law.com

Jonathan Mofsky has focused on community association law since 2008. In addition to working closely with association boards of directors and property managers, he regularly leads board member certification seminars and other presentations and authors articles for publications such as the Daily Business Review. 


David G. Muller, Esq.
Becker

4001 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 410
Naples, FL  34103
239-552-3200
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www.beckerlawyers.com

Practicing Condo/HOA Law

Related areas: Collections & Foreclosure, Community Association Litigation & Covenant Enforcement, Corporate Representation

Offices in Naples and Sarasota

  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium & Planned Development Law
  • Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar as well as the Collier County Bar Association

Charles F. Otto, Esq.
Straley Otto

2699 Stirling Road,
Suite C-207
Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33314
954-962-7367
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www.straleyotto.com

A South Florida native representing condominium and homeowners associations in South Florida, and throughout the state, since 1997. Designated by the Florida Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in Condominium and Planned Development Law.

Other practice areas: Real Estate, Estate Planning/Probate, Business/Corporate, and Civil Litigation

BA, University of Miami. JD, University of Florida


Bennett Lewis Rabin, Esq.
Rabin Parker P.A.

28059 US Highway 19 N., Suite 301
Clearwater, Florida  33761
727-475-5535
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www.rabinparker.com

A premier community association law firm, offering wide-ranging services to condominium, homeowner, cooperative, and mobile home associations in Florida. Attorneys Bennett Rabin, Monique Parker, and Adam Gurley lead an experienced corporate representation and litigation team.    Florida Bar Board Certified in both Real Estate and Condominium and Planned Development Law.


Jay Roberts, Esq.
Becker

Paradise Village
348 Miracle Strip Parkway SW, Suite 7
Ft. Walton Beach, FL  32548
850-664-2229
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www.beckerlawyers.com

Practicing Condominium/HOA Law

Related areas: Corporate Representation, Disaster Recovery

  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium & Planned Development Law by the Florida Bar
  • Serves on the City of Destin’s Board of Adjustments

David H. Rogel, Esq.
Becker

Alhambra Towers,
121 Alhambra Plaza, 10th Floor
Coral Gables, FL  33134
305-262-4433
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www.beckerlawyers.com

Practicing Condominium/HOA Law

Related areas: Collections & Foreclosure, Community

Association Litigation & Covenant Enforcement, Corporate Representation, Disaster Recovery

  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium & Planned Development Law
  • Chair, Becker’s Community Association Litigation Practice

Robert Rubinstein, Esq.
Becker

625 N. Flagler Drive, 7th Floor
West Palm Beach, FL  33401
561-655-5444
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www.beckerlawyers.com

Practicing Condominium/HOA Law

Related areas: Corporate Representation

  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium & Planned Development Law
  • South Florida Business Journal Power Leader in Law

Christopher Sajdera, Esq.
Sajdera Kim, PLLC

2200 NW Corporate Boulevard, Suite 210
Boca Raton, FL  33431
561-910-3082
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www.sajderakimlaw.com

Represents condominium and HOAs in all facets of association law, including general advisement, collections, and litigation.  Christopher handles document drafting, operational documents, construction defect litigation, developer issues, land use litigation, covenant enforcement, and breach of contract disputes.  Christopher also provides legal representation to owner claims.  Serving Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

B.A., Swathmore College;

J.D., Duke University, School of Law 


Robyn M. Severs, Esq.
Becker

100 Whetstone Place, Suite 302
St. Augustine, FL  32086
904-423-5372
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www.beckerlawyers.com

Practicing Condominium/HOA Law

  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium & Planned Development Law
  • Member, Northeast Florida CAI—Legislative Action Committee.
  • Chair, Grievance Committee, The Florida Bar

Robert L. Taylor, Esq.
Becker

Regions Bank Building,
111 N. Orange Avenue, Ste. 1400
Orlando, FL  32801
407-875-0955
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www.beckerlawyers.com

Practicing Condominium/HOA and Real Estate Law

  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium & Planned Development Law
  • Board Certified Specialist in Real Estate
  • Past President, Community Associations Institute, Mid Florida.

Margaret Villella, Esq.
Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

401 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 2250
Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33301
954-335-1578
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www.bipc.com

Providing statewide counsel and guidance to Florida community associations since 1992, including, but not limited to, collections, opinions, document amendment, arbitration, and litigation.  Other areas of practice: Real Property and

Construction, including arbitration and litigation of disputes.

Florida State University, B.S. Finance, 1985

University of Miami School of Law, 1989


Hans C. Wahl, Esq.
Jimerson & Cobb P.A.

1 Independent Drive, Suite 1400
Jacksonville, FL  32202
904-389-0050
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www.jimersoncobb.com

Mr. Wahl is licensed in both Florida and Georgia and Board Certified in Condominium and Planned Land Development Law by the Florida Bar. He represents various community associations, property owners, and developers throughout Florida, handling everything from complex legal issues to day-to-day operational needs. Read more at www.jimersoncobb.com/attorneys/hans-c-wahl/.


Scott J. Wortman, Esq.
SJW Law Group PLLC

12300 South Shore Boulevard, Suite 201
Wellington, FL  33414
561-340-4555
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www.sjwlawgroup.com

Scott J. Wortman, Esq., has achieved the unique distinction of being Florida Bar Board Certified in the area of Condominium and Planned Unit Development Law as well as Florida Bar Board Certified in the area of Real Estate Law. His responsiveness to clients’ questions and inquiries is one of his hallmarks.