Managing Shareholder, Hill Ward Henderson
Chapter Board - Tampa Bay
Jim is one of the founding attorneys of Hill Ward Henderson, and serves as
the firm's Managing Shareholder. Jim's practice primarily involves business
and real estate transactions. Jim has experience in a wide range of
sophisticated commercial business and real estate matters, including land
acquisition and development, mergers and acquisitions, leasing and financing
transactions. He also regularly acts as outside general counsel to a variety of
Jim has actively represented automobile dealerships, with a particular
emphasis on dealership acquisitions and dispositions, as well as related real
property transactions. Jim recently represented a NYSE dealership group in
the acquisition of a portfolio of 32 dealership properties with a purchase price
in excess of $200 million.
Jim represents a number of significant owners of real estate, as well as
national and local development entities in their real estate matters. Jim was
the lead attorney on the sale of nearly 28,000 acres of real property located in
Central Florida, one of the largest single land transfers in the state. He
recently completed a sales transaction including more than 7,000 acres of
citrus and related agricultural properties.
Jim is active in leadership positions with several of Tampa's civic, charitable
and social organizations. He has served on the Boards of Directors of The
Florida Aquarium, The Tampa Bay History Center, Jesuit High School, The
Academy of the Holy Names, and Positive Coaching Alliance – Tampa Bay.
Jim is also a long-time youth baseball coach.
Jim presented on the topic of "Ethics in an Evolving Real Estate Marketplace"
in July 2011 at the Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
Annual Legislative Update program and on the topic of "Recent Amendments
to Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code" at the same program in July