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Jason E. Merritt

Jason’s practice focuses on complex commercial real estate transactions.
He has experience representing landowners and developers in commercial transactions, landlords and tenants in commercial leasing matters, and lenders and borrowers in commercial real estate lending matters. Jason’s experience includes advising clients in the acquisition and financing of multi-family housing projects as well as representing owners of agricultural tracts of land in sales to regional and national builders. Jason also has experience in the area of title insurance and is authorized to issue title insurance through First American Title Insurance Company. In addition to his real estate experience, Jason also has a background in local government law and contributes to the firm’s Local Government and Special District practice. Prior to joining Hopping Green & Sams, Jason served as counsel to several Central Florida municipalities and public boards. Jason is a native Floridian and was born in Miami, but grew up in Lake County. After practicing in Central Florida for nearly ten years, where he oversaw the commercial real estate practice for a mid-size commercial law firm in Orlando, Jason relocated to Tallahassee in 2010. Jason and his family enjoy spending time together while experiencing the outdoor activities which the Big Bend region has to offer.
Education
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, J.D. with High Honors, (Order of the Coif)
  • Florida State University, B.S., summa cum laude
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Florida
Professional Affiliations
  • Florida Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, member
  • Florida Municipal Attorneys Association, 2002-2006
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Phi
Community Involvement
  • North Florida Baptist Church, member
  • Boy Scouts of America, volunteer
Awards & Recognition
  • Listed as an “Up and Coming Legal Elite,” Florida Trend 2008-2009 editions
  • Listed as a “Rising Star,” in the annual publication of the Florida Super Lawyers, 2009 edition
Legal Experience
Represents property owners in the sale, acquisition, development and financing of commercial real estate developments including multi-family and retail projects.
Provides legal services to community development districts on matters relating to contracts, real property, public procurement, finance, construction, and local governments.
Experience representing municipalities and various public boards.
Publications & Presentations
The Sun Also Rises: CDDs, Lenders and the Economic Recovery, Florida Bar Real Property Section, Real Property Finance and Lending Committee (Feb. 2015) (Co-Presenter).
Navigating a Brave New World: Buyers, Sellers, CDDs and the Economic Recovery, Florida Bar Real Property Section, Commercial Real Estate Committee (Feb. 2014) (Co-Presenter).
Permitting and Entitlement Considerations in Distressed Real Estate Projects, Environmental and Land Use Considerations for Real Estate Transactions 2012, CLE Jointly Presented by Florida Bar ELULS & RPPTLS (Presenter).
Implementing Institutional Controls at Brownfields, Second Edition (American Bar Association, Florida Chapter, 2012), Amy Edwards, editor (co-author).
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