Attorneys

Jonathan T. Johnson

Since joining the Firm in 1993, Jonathan has focused on community development districts and other special district work, including infrastructure financing, land development, and local government law.

Jonathan graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University with a Bachelors degree in criminology in 1989. In 1990 he obtained his Masters degree from Florida State University.

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Experience

  • Counsels landowners, developers, bondholders and other parties regarding financing and managing of infrastructure requirements for new and developing communities, including the establishment of special taxing districts.
  • Serves as general counsel to a number of stewardship districts, special districts, and community development districts.
  • Advises clients on bond issuance, lease-purchase financing, contracts, bid processes and protests, construction matters, and other land development, local government and financial matters.

Significant Transactions

  • Representation of the issuer in connection with the issuance of $8,500,000 Lakewood Ranch Stewardship District (Manatee County) Special Assessment Revenue Bonds, Series 2013A (Country Club East Project) (closed August 2013)
  • Representation of the issuer in connection with the issuance of $7,535,000 Lakewood Ranch Stewardship District (Manatee County) Special Assessment Revenue Bonds, Series 2013A (Central Park Project) (closed August 2013)
  • Representation of the issuer in connection with the issuance of $4,525,000 Talis Park Community Development District (Collier County, Florida) Capital Improvement Revenue Bonds, Series 2013 (closed July 2013)
  • Representation of the issuer in connection with the issuance of $4,030,000 Mediterra South Community Development District (Collier County, Florida) Capital Improvement Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2013 (closed May 2013)
  • Representation of the issuer in connection with the issuance of $15,920,000 Verandah West Community Development District (Lee County, Florida) Capital Improvement Revenue Bonds, Series 2013 (closed March 2013)
  • Restructured Lakewood Ranch Stewardship District (Manatee County) 2005 Bonds – maturity extension – $5,535,000 Lakewood Ranch Stewardship District Special Assessment Revenue Bonds, Series 2005 (Lake Club Project) (June 2012)
  • Restructured Lakewood Ranch Stewardship District (Manatee County) 2006B Bonds – maturity extension – $14,435,000 Lakewood Ranch Stewardship District Special Assessment Revenue Bonds, Series 2006B (Lake Club Project) (June 2012)
  • Representation of the issuer in connection with the issuance of $13,445,000 Mediterra South Community Development District (Collier County, Florida) Capital Improvement Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2012 (closed May 2012)
  • Representation of the issuer in connection with the issuance of $4,160,000 Celebrate Alabama Improvement District (City of Opelika, Alabama) Special Assessment Capital Improvement Revenue Bonds, Series 2011 (closed June 2011)
  • Representation of the issuer in connection with the issuance of $36,255,000 Lakewood Ranch Stewardship District (Manatee County) Special Assessment Revenue Bonds, Series 2011 (Lakewood Centre & NW Sector Projects) (closed May 2011)
  • Representation of the issuer in connection with the issuance of $1,765,000 Lakewood Ranch Stewardship District (Manatee County) Special Assessment Revenue Bonds, Series 2011A (Belleisle Project) (closed May 2011)
  • Representation of the issuer in connection with the issuance of $12,205,000 River Hall Community Development District (Lee County, Florida) Capital Improvement Revenue Bonds, Series 2011A-1 and $13,860,000 River Hall Community Development District (Lee County, Florida) Capital Improvement Revenue Bonds, Series 2011A-2 (closed May 2011)
  • Representation of the issuer in connection with the issuance of $7,010,000 Southern Hills Plantation I Community Development District (City of Brooksville, Florida) Capital Improvement Revenue Bonds, Series 2011A-1-1 and $5,095,000 Southern Hills Plantation I Community Development District (City of Brooksville, Florida) Capital Improvement Revenue Bonds, Series 2011A-2-1 (closed March 2011)
  • Representation of the issuer in connection with the issuance of $9,290,000 Bridgewater Community Development District (City of Lakeland, Florida) Special Assessment Revenue Bonds, Series 2011A (closed February 2011)
  • $10,500,000,000 Babcock Ranch Independent Special District (Charlotte County) Bond Validation (final judgment issued April 2008)
  • $4,000,000,000 Lakewood Ranch Stewardship District (Manatee County) Bond Validation (final judgment issued December 2005)

Publications & Presentations

  • Urban Land Institute’s Florida Summit - Capital Markets Today: Trend in Private and Institutional Financing and Opportunities in Special Bond Financing. (June 2014) (Panelist).
  • Urban Land Institute’s – Tampa Bay, Signs of Recovery: The New Market and Trends in Housing. ( June 2010) (Panelist).
  • CLE International Restructuring Real Estate. (January 2010) (Panelist)
  • National Association of Bond Attorney’s 34 Annual Bond Attorney’s Workshop.  (October 2009) (Panelist).
  • Urban Land Institute’s Surviving the Cycle. (April 2009) (Panelist).

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed in the 2006-2007 Editions of Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite” for Government and Administrative Law.

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