Stephen Mitchell centers his practice on commercial real estate, banking and finance, the hospitality industry, international law, and administrative and regulatory law. He has extensive experience in real estate development on a national and international basis and in business restructurings.

    Stephen is listed in The Legal 500 US and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1987, and has been AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell for more than 30 years. He was named by the Best Lawyers in America as the 2009 Tampa Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, was named by Florida Trend magazine among the Florida Legal Elite in the area of real estate transactions and was selected by Thomson Reuters for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers– a distinction recognizing the top 5 percent of lawyers in the state.

    In 2001 Florida Governor Jeb Bush appointed him to the board of directors of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority (Tampa International Airport) where he served for eight years, the last four years as chair of the Aviation Authority. He also served as a member of the board of directors of the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) and chair of the Commissioners Committee of ACI-NA focusing on training for new and returning commissioners introducing them to new policies, procedures and programs within the aviation industry.

    His experience as chair of the board of the Central Florida Technology Transit Corridor (High Speed Rail) Consortium provided him with the insight to be a member of the steering committee selected by the mayor of Tampa for the future development of a light rail system. In addition, he was involved with various groups pertaining to the Florida high speed rail initiative to be developed in the Tampa Bay area which was terminated when the funds for such project provided by the Transportation Initiative put forth by President Obama’s administration were returned by the state of Florida to the federal government.

    In 2001 he was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Florida 2020 Energy Study Commission, which established, after receiving two years of testimony from energy experts, a blueprint for future energy needs and requirements for the state of Florida.

    In 2006 he also was appointed by Florida Governor Jeb Bush to the board of directors of the Florida Gubernatorial Fellows Program, where he presently serves the state’s prestigious program of leadership training for outstanding Florida students interested in public service.

    His commitment to local educational programs is highlighted by his appointment in 2011 by Governor Rick Scott to the Board of Trustees of the University of South Florida, his appointment in 2009 by Dr. Donald Eastman of Eckerd College to the National Advisory Council of Eckerd College, his appointment in 2007 to the Advisory Board to the University of South Florida School of Architecture, his appointment in 1999 as a Trustee of the University of Tampa and his appointment in 1994 as a Trustee of Tampa Preparatory School. Because he is known for his commitment to educational programs, he is periodically requested by departments of USF, such as the Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies, and Eckerd College to be a member of specific boards and/or institute established for specific departments.

    Stephen is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the International Real Estate Institute and the Real Property Section of The Florida Bar. He is a member of the board of governors of the US delegation to the Union Internationale des Avocats and has served as treasurer of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, chair of the International Committee of the Tampa Chamber of Commerce and a member of the board of directors and president of the University Club of Tampa.

    Prior to his career as a lawyer in private practice, he was a Captain in the US Air Force serving as a satellite analyst responsible for the performance of various Department of Defense satellite programs. He is known for his commitment to the armed forces and, specifically, the US Air Force. He has been selected as an Honorary Commander of an operating squadron of the 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill Air Force Base and was recently selected to be a member of the MacDill Support Council, a select group of businessmen in the Tampa Bay Community that provide assistance and guidance to the various commands that are located at MacDill Air Force Base.

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    • Serving as counsel for one of the largest real estate developers in the state of Florida.
    • Representing a developer from New York in the acquisition of approximately 5,000 acres of land to be annexed and entitled for development with approximately 8,000 units.
    • Representing a well-known hotel chain in the development of a 715-room convention center headquarters hotel including the financial engineering of the entire project.
    • Representing a developer of a mixed-use residential golf course community in Palm Springs, California consisting of 1,500 residential units, a 150-room hotel and an 18-hole championship golf course including the processing of an environmental impact review and negotiation of agreements with agencies to resolve water and sewage issues.
    • Representing a New York-based developer in the development of a major mixed-use project in Costa Rica including establishment of public-private partnerships for certain infrastructure required for the project.
    • Representing a developer in the development of a major mixed-use project in Panamá City, Panamá, pertaining to the development of retail, residential and casino uses.
    • Advising financial institutions in the restructuring of financial obligations.
    • Acting as agency counsel for the Florida Housing Finance Corporation in the finalization of funding for affordable housing projects within the state of Florida.
    • Representing a developer in North Florida in the development of a five-star hotel and convention center. 

    Education

    • University of Notre Dame, J.D., 1973
    • University of Southern California, M.S., 1969
    • State University of New York, Buffalo, B.A., 1965

    Admissions

    • Florida, 1973

    Courts

    • U.S. Dist. Ct., Middle Dist. of Florida

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member, Urban Land Institute
    • Member, International Real Estate Institute
    • Member, Real Property Section of The Florida Bar
    • Member, board of governors of the US delegation to the Union Internationale des Avocats
    • Former treasurer, Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • Former chair, International Committee of the Tampa Chamber of Commerce
    • Former member of the board of directors and president elect, University Club of Tampa
    • Recognized in Chambers USA for Real Estate in Florida
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1987; named by Best Lawyers as the 2009 Tampa Real Estate Lawyer of the Year
    • Listed in The Legal 500 US
    • Named by Florida Trend magazine among the Florida Legal Elite in the area of real estate transactions
    • Selected by Thomson Reuters for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers– a distinction recognizing the top 5 percent of lawyers in the state

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