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Overview

James Walson represents title insurance companies, commercial landlords, property owners, buyers and lenders throughout Florida – in both transactional and litigation real estate matters. His passion for advocacy began at an early age through watching his father, Pete, serve as a City Commissioner in Stuart, Florida and continued through high school and college as an award-winning debater.

Jamie, as he is called by clients and friends, has negotiated commercial leases for office, retail, warehouse and medical space.

Many clients turn to Jamie for his real property litigation experience as well. He litigates matters involving contracts, title insurance liability, commercial landlord / tenant matters, easements, fraud, deed warranties, boundary disputes, adverse possession, lien priority and access rights. In addition, he has conducted appeals before the Second, Fourth, Fifth and the Sixth District Court of Appeal.

A fan of – and participant in – improvisational theater, Jamie counts on his humor in navigating difficult negotiations and litigation. He is an avid golfer, an officer on the board of the First Tee of Central Florida, and is a father to three boys.

Experience

  • Negotiated office, retail and industrial leases throughout the Florida market.
  • Successfully litigated hundreds of commercial evictions throughout the state of Florida.
  • Represented a national title insurer and obtained summary final judgment on a $7-million-dollar claim brought by a developer of a nudist colony.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in the sale / leaseback of a national portfolio of properties.
  • Represented a property owner in establishing superior title to waterfront property.
  • Represented a national retailer in enforcing its co-tenancy provisions against its landlord.
  • Represented a national retailer against claims that it was violating exclusive use provisions of a lease agreement.
  • Represented a national title insurance company against claims of tort liability beyond the terms of the title insurance contract.
  • Evicted mobile home residents following change in land use of the underlying property.

News & Insights

News

Speaking Engagements

Publications

Recognition

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Litigation - Real Estate, 2023-2024; Real Estate Law, 2018-2024
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2022-2023
  • Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers, 2009-2018
  • Florida Legal Elite Up & Comer, Florida Trend, 2011-2015
  • Cambridge Who's Who

Community & Civic

Community Activities

  • First Tee of Central Florida, Secretary of Board of Directors and Chair of Governance Committee
  • Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida, Former Officer on Board of Directors

Professional Certifications & Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Title Insurance Litigation Committee, Chair, 2016-2017
  • Florida Land Title Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Law Alumni Council for the University of Florida
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV

Admissions

  • Florida

Education

  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2004
  • Boston College, B.A., cum laude, honors program, 2000; Philosophy
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