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Jim McNeil serves as chair of Akerman's Residential Development Practice, a highly experienced team of attorneys representing single family and multifamily builders and developers of master planned and mixed-use residential communities throughout the real estate acquisition and development process. Jim is a certified planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is known for his ability to provide pragmatic, strategic, and forward-thinking land planning advice.

Jim 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. In procuring development approvals for his clients, Jim negotiates complex development agreements and handles concurrency, utility, and school capacity enhancement/mitigation agreements. Additionally, Jim has experience with golf course redevelopment, mall redevelopment, and build-to-rent communities.

Active in the community, Jim is a member of the Greater Orlando Builders Association and previously served on the Board of Directors and as the Associate Vice President.

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