James W. Shindell

Area of Focus: Real Estate
Jim describes himself as a “deal junkie" who takes tremendous pleasure in his clients' success. Jim represents clients in the buying, selling, and financing of commercial real estate, as well as leasing. Jim has practiced for more than 20 years and is Chair of Bilzin Sumberg’s Real Estate Group. 

Jim has a deep admiration for his clients’ risk-taking and entrepreneurialism. He enjoys being an integral part of the client team and working to help turn the client's vision into reality. Jim has particular experience with development projects that require interplay of governmental requirements, architectural and construction demands, and community considerations.
Q & A
What do you think clients value about working with you?
I think they see just how committed our team is to their project.  I think they see how hard we work to know their business, needs, and concerns and I think they see how much we care. 
How do you view your client relationships?
I have the good fortune of having a relationship-based practice. I have worked with a number of clients for 15 to 20 years, and many have come to see me as an extension of their team and a trusted advisor, not just their lawyer.
Representation of Florida East Coast Industries in closing a $600 million refinancing on behalf of ten of its affiliates, comprised of three related loans: (1) $400 million mortgage loan from Wells Fargo secured by 36 office, retail and industrial parks; (2) $150 million mortgage loan from Wells Far...
Representation of Oleta Partners, LLC, a joint venture comprised of affiliates of the Swerdlow Development Group and the LeFrak Organization, in the successful negotiation of the long-term ground lease of a 185-acre brownfields redevelopment site in the City of North Miami, and assisted with a ...
Representation of publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in $475 million purchase of 22 office properties across six Sunbelt states and the simultaneous sale of the membership interests of the owner of 18 of the 22 office properties for $237 million.
Representation of developer in obtaining a $280 million construction loan from Banco Santander for the EPIC Hotel and Residences, a mixed-use project including a 414-room Kimpton hotel, 342 condominium residences, and mega yacht marina on the Miami River.
Representation of Downtown Development Holdings, LLC and Tower Downtown Investor, LLC, companies affiliated with developer Ugo Colombo, in obtaining $236 million construction financing for development of Brickell Flatiron. The financing was a combination of mortgage and mezzanine debt. Brickell Flat...
Represented The Trump Group in a $160 million construction loan for a high-rise residential project in Sunny Isles, Florida, reported in the Wall Street Journal to be the first major construction loan in excess of $100 million that banks had issued to a residential project outside New York...
Blog May 26, 2015
The City of Miami continues to emerge as a top global destination for the über-wealthy. According to Knight Frank’s annual Wealth Report (2015), Miami is ranked 6th globally, 2nd in the U.S. and will remain among the world’s top 10 most important cities to Ultra High Net Worth Individuals for the ne...

Jim serves on the Executive Board of the Center for Real Estate Education and Research at Florida State University.

Blog January 23, 2015
Renowned economist Hugh F. Kelly (PhD, CRE), Clinical Professor in New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate and the 2014 national Chairman of The Counselors of Real Estate, led a discussion at a CREW-Miami luncheon regarding issues affecting the commercial real estate market in 20...
Blog January 21, 2015
Urban Development: Faster Greener Commutes Key to Sustained City Growth, a report released in October 2014 by Cushman & Wakefield, provided insight into Transit-Oriented Development as it explored “the consequences of rapid population growth in 10 major North American cities”—w...
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., 1979
    University of South Florida, B.S., summa cum laude, 1976
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami
    Past President of the Board
    Board Member
    Past Advisory Board Member
    The Florida Bar
    Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section
    FSU Center for Real Estate Education & Research
    Executive Board Member
    St. Philips Episcopal Church
    Past Member of Vestry
  • Florida
  • Band 2, Chambers USA, Real Estate, 2006 - present

    The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2005 - present

    Florida Super Lawyers, 2006 - present

    Florida Trend's Legal Elite, 2007-2010, 2013 - present

    South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers, 2006 - present

    Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers of the Year, Real Estate Finance, 2007; Hotel, 2010

    Real Estate Florida, Top Real Estate Lawyers, 2008

    AV® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

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