I try to give swift and excellent service to all clients regardless of the size of the matter involved. I believe that whatever matter a client entrusts to you is the most important thing to them and that we, as trusted advisors, need to keep that front of mind at all times.

Recognized by Florida Trend magazine as a “Must-Know Contact” and one of Florida’s 500 Most Influential Business Leaders, Hal Kantor has long been a leader in the firm’s Land Use, Zoning & Environmental and Real Estate Groups.

For more than 50 years, he has been advising local, national and international clients in the areas of land use approvals, development issues and all the many facets that entails, as well as real estate transactions and finance.

Often the “attorney of last resort” in difficult and complex cases, many clients turn to Hal for his creative expertise, particularly when all else has failed. Working in combination with professional consultants and the firm’s land use litigation attorneys, he has built a well-known reputation for maneuvering even the most challenging real estate and land use issues to a successful conclusion.

Hal devotes much of his personal time to arts and cultural organizations, having served as chairman of the board for WMFE/90.7 Public Broadcasting, the Orlando Museum of Art, and United Arts. He has also served as chair of Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Board, as well as many civic boards for various local governments. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Jewish National Fund’s Tree of Life Award, among others.

"Hal Kantor has a longstanding reputation in the Florida market. He draws on his vast experience to counsel clients on land use, zoning and environmental matters. 'Hal Kantor is THE zoning and land use lawyer in Orlando.'" - Chambers USA 2022*

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News & Insights





  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Florida 500, Florida’s Most Influential Business Leaders, Florida Trend, 2020-2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Administrative / Regulatory Law, 2008-2023; Environmental Law,1995-2024; Government Relations Practice, 2008-2024; Land Use and Zoning Law, 2007-2024; Real Estate Law, 2006-2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Orlando Administrative / Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year, 2011, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Orlando Government Relations Practice Lawyer of the Year, 2014, 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Orlando Land Use and Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year, 2013, 2016, 2019
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2008, 2011-2020
  • The Best of the Bar, Orlando Business Journal
  • Leading Lawyer, Who's Who Legal
  • Florida Legal Elite Hall of Fame, Florida Trend
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend, 2011-2017, 2019-2020, 2023
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers, 2010-2019
  • Orlando's Most Powerful People, Orlando Magazine
  • University of Florida Hall of Fame
  • Jewish National Fund's Tree of Life Award
  • Florida's Top Lawyers, Florida Monthly Magazine
  • The Legal 500 US
  • Must-Know Contacts in Orlando/Orange County, Florida Trend 
  • Madison Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals, Honors Edition
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite Hall of Fame

Community & Civic

Community Activities

  • United Arts of Central Florida, Board of Directors and Executive Committee, former Chairman
  • University of Florida College of Law, Board of Trustees
  • Orlando Museum of Art, Board of Trustees, former Chairman

Professional Certifications & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar


  • Florida 


  • University of Florida Levin College of Law , J.D., with honors, 1972
  • University of California at Berkeley, M.B.A., 1969
  • Tulane University, B.B.A., 1967
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