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James H. McNeil Jr.

Partner 
Chair, Residential Development Practice
420 South Orange Avenue
Suite 1200
Orlando, FL 32801
 
Tel:
407.419.8543
Fax:
407.843.6610
 
 

Jim McNeil is the Chair of Akerman’s Residential Development Practice. His practice primarily focuses on real estate development. He provides pragmatic, strategic and forward thinking real estate and land use planning advise to his clients. He represents developers, homebuilders, and private equity funds in all phases of the acquisition, entitlement, development and sale of property. He handles both the transactional aspects of the deal as well as the due diligence and procurement of land use approvals and entitlements.

Jim’s experience includes representing clients in commercial, residential (both single family and multi-family) and mixed-use projects, including golf course redevelopment. In procuring development approvals for his clients he has negotiated complex development agreements, concurrency agreements, utility agreements, and school capacity enhancement/mitigation agreements.

Jim is a member of the Greater Orlando Builders Association and previously served on the Board of Directors and as the Associate Vice President.
 
Representative Experience
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Representation of a national developer and private equity fund in the acquisition, entitlement, and redevelopment of a golf course into a mixed-use development.
 
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Representation of national homebuilders in all phases of development for residential projects, including contract negotiation, due diligence, land acquisition/disposition, and land use approvals and entitlements.
 
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Representation of a consortium of developers with six contiguous DRIs formed in connection with a Developer's Agreement with Osceola County, FL, related to transportation concurrency and the associated construction of approximately $250 million in transportation improvements, as well as representation in connection with utility concurrency, and school concurrency issues. The six projects comprise approximately 30,313 residential units and approximately four million square feet of commercial development.
 
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Representation of landowner in rare expansion of Urban Service Boundary in Orange County, FL to allow creation of an airport and mixed-use project. Project includes over 400 acres for the creation of a new airport and a proposed 2.8 million square feet of industrial space, 750,000 square feet of aviation-related space, 150,000 square feet of office space, and 50,000 square feet of commercial space.
 
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Representation of various master planned community developers with mixed-use projects in the Central Florida market.
 
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Representation of private equity client in the matter of a large portfolio of distressed loans covering projects in various locations within Florida.
 
Awards & Recognition
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American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Member
 
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The Best Lawyers in America 2010-2018, Listed in Florida for Real Estate Law, Land Use and Zoning
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2012-2016, Listed in Florida for Real Estate: Business, Land Use/Zoning
 
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Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
 
Published Works & Lectures
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IMN Annual Real Estate Private Equity Forum on Land & Homebuilding, Moderator, "Land Use Due Diligence: The 10 Most Important Factors When Buying Land in Today's Market," April 14-15, 2015
 
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Florida Home Builders Association's Road to Recovery, Speaker, "Chinese Drywall, Legal Implications for Builders," Orlando, Florida; Port Charlotte, Florida; Estero, Florida; Naples, Florida; June 2009
 
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Opal Financial Group's Annual Real Estate Investors Summit, Speaker, "Legal, Bankruptcy, Borrower Negotiations, and Foreclosure Strategies," Orlando, Florida, April 2009
 
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IMN's 2nd Florida Distressed Residential Real Estate Symposium, Speaker, "Land Investing and Warehousing for Development," Hollywood, Florida, December 2008
 
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Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando, Speaker, "Foreclosures and Bankruptcy in Florida," Orlando, Florida, June 2008
 
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Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando, Speaker, "Traffic and School Concurrency Issues," Orlando, Florida, March 2007
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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Greater Orlando Builders Association, Associate Vice President, 2014
 
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City of Ocoee Planning and Zoning Commission, Past Member
 
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Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA), Member
 
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American Planning Association, Member
 
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Urban Land Institute (ULI), Member
 
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The Florida Bar, Member
 

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James H. McNeil Jr.

Practice
Real Estate
Education
J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 1995
M.S., Florida State University, 1992; Urban and Regional Planning
B.S., Florida State University, 1990
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
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