James W. Shindell

Partner
305-375-6141
Area of Focus: Real Estate
GET TO KNOW Jim
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.
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My PRACTICES
EXPERIENCE
EXPERIENCE
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...
EXPERIENCE
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 ...
EXPERIENCE
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.
EXPERIENCE
Representation of 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 sin...
EXPERIENCE
Representation of public real estate investment trust (REIT) in $146 million acquisition of the Courvoisier Center office complex on Brickell Key in Miami's financial district.
EXPERIENCE
Representation of seller in $142 million sale of Espirito Santo Plaza, a 36-story office tower in the Brickell financial district of Miami, Florida.
INSIGHTS

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

CREDENTIALS
  • 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

    AVĀ® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

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