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  • Education
    • J.D., with honors, University of Florida College of Law, 1996, Florida Law Review, Member
    • B.S., Tulane University, 1993, AB Freeman School of Business

James (Jim) Barnett’s practice focuses on assisting clients with complex commercial real estate transactions, loan workouts, foreclosures and deeds in lieu, including transactions involving office, retail, hotel, marina, industrial and multifamily properties. Jim implements comprehensive, business-centric strategies to construct legal solutions and corporate transactions that solve clients’ business goals.

His experience spans all aspects of commercial real estate development, transactions and acquisitions. Jim regularly represents investors, developers, buyers and sellers in investment structuring.

• Represented shopping center developer in connection with grocery-anchored shopping center developments, acquisitions and ground leases

• Represented lender in connection with loan forbearance and modification of $60 million loan secured by partially completed residential subdivision and adjacent vacant lands

• Represented real estate investment trust in connection with its acquisition and financing of Class A office properties in the southeastern United States

• Represented hotel developer in connection with its development and construction financing of Marriott-branded hotels throughout the United States

• Represented major financial institution in connection with its acquisition, development and ground leasing of bank branch sites throughout southern Florida

• Represented apartment owners and managers in connection with the acquisition, financing, management and sale of apartment complexes throughout Florida

• Represented private equity funds in connection with the purchase of distressed mortgage debt, including due diligence and compliance with auction requirements

• Structured multistate secured financing transactions to minimize Florida documentary stamp and intangible taxes

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