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Jere L. Earlywine

Jere’s practice focuses primarily on special taxing districts and related foreclosure and bankruptcy litigation.
In this arena, he represents a variety of clients, including both developer and resident controlled districts, as well as bondholders who have interests in such districts. He previously served as a Senior Assistant General Counsel with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, assisting primarily with the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin litigation and Everglades restoration issues. He also previously worked as a federal judicial law clerk with the Honorable G. Kendall Sharp, United States District Judge. When not practicing law, Jere enjoys spending time with his wife, Rachel, and their two children.
  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude (Graduated 1st of 217; Law Review)
  • University of South Florida, B.S., summa cum laude
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Courts (including Bankruptcy Courts) (Northern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, Southern District of Florida)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (Eleventh Circuit)
Professional Affiliations
  • Florida Bar Association
Legal Experience
Experience representing landowners and developers regarding the use of special taxing districts as a way to finance and manage infrastructure for development.
Experience serving as general counsel to special taxing districts, addressing among other issues, district establishment, boundary amendments, bond validation, bond issuance and financing, contracts, real property issues, procurement (and bid protests), Sunshine law and public records issues, and other local government issues.
Experience representing special district issuers and bondholders in complex, agreed upon debt restructuring transactions, including bond redemptions, tender offers, forbearance / forgiveness agreements, deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure, bond restructurings, and other “work-out” arrangements.
Experience representing special district issuers and bondholders in foreclosure and bankruptcy proceedings.
Experience representing clients in state and federal bankruptcy, trial and appellate courts, before the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, before state and federal agencies, and in mediation proceedings.
Publications & Presentations
CDD Boot Camp, On-Line Video Presentation for Florida Bar Real Property Section (June 2016).
The Road Less Traveled – Opportunities to Finance Stormwater Infrastructure with Special Districts, Southeastern Stormwater Association Annual Conference (Oct. 2014).
The Role of Community Development Districts in Florida, Florida Environmental and Land Use Law Treatise (2014) (Co-Author).
Navigating a Brave New World: Buyers, Sellers, CDDs & the Economic Recovery, Florida Bar Real Property Section, Commercial Real Estate Committee (Feb. 2014) (Co-Presenter).
The Sun Also Rises: CDDs, Lenders & the Economic Recovery, Florida Bar Real Property Section, Real Property Finance and Lending Committee (Feb. 2013) (Co-Presenter).
Secrets of CDDs: Unveiling the Mysteries and Unlocking the Possibilities, Florida Bar CLE, Environmental & Real Property Sections (Jan. 2013) (Co-Chair).
CDDs: An Alternative to Conventional Community Management, November 2012.
In the News
Feb 22, 2018
HGS Attorneys Facilitate Issuance of $41,495,000 in Bonds and Facilitate Closing on Funding of Atlanta Braves’ Spring Training Facility
by Jere Earlywine