James W. Shindell

Area of Focus: Real Estate
James W. Shindell
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.
  • University of North Carolina, 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
    Florida State University
    FSU Real Estate Center, 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 - 2020

    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