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David R. Brittain | Tampa & St. Petersburg Attorneys |  Trenam Kemker
David R. Brittain

101 E. Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 2700
Tampa, FL 33602

Direct Line 813-227-7444
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Practice Area(s):

Real Estate and Lending Transactions

David Brittain joined the firm in 1982 and has been a Shareholder since 1987. His practice includes real estate development, transactions and finance, commercial real estate leasing, and the law of condominium and property owner associations.

Additional Practice Areas:
•   Commercial, resort and residential development, including complex 
    condominium, mixed-use, and Planned Unit Development projects
•   Construction contracting and administration
•   Real property transactions and investments, including distress asset 
    acquisitions and dispositions
•   Commercial real estate lease negotiation and documentation, including leases 
    with respect to office, retail shopping center, and stand-alone building projects 
•   Zoning, land use, and environmental due diligence and counseling
•   Loan workouts, restructurings, and complex real estate litigation representation

Representative Matters:
•   Represented numerous developers in Florida and the southeastern United 
    States in connection with shopping center, office, and stand-alone projects, 
    including related land development matters (such as off-site drainage, zoning 
    and land use, environmental and permitting issues) and the negotiation and 
    documentation of large-scale commercial facility leases.
•   Represented owner/developers in numerous securitized transactions in which 
    the collateral was shopping center or office properties.
•   Acted as counsel to developer or lender in residential, mixed use, 
    condominium, mobile home, and dockominium/rackominium projects, and in 
    connection with such projects handled the negotiation and documentation of 
    numerous construction and development agreements.
•   Represented both sellers and buyers in numerous sales and/or financings of 
    office, shopping center, hotel and motel properties, including construction loans 
    for new facilities.
•   Handled large scale investment acreage transactions throughout Florida for 
    private investors and developers, for mining, timbering, development, and 
    agricultural purposes.
•   Represented numerous lenders in structuring acquisitions and dispositions of 
    condominium units in bulk transactions throughout Florida, including 
    counseling with respect to avoiding subsequent developer liability under the 
    Florida Condominium Act.
•   Rendered third party legal opinions to numerous lenders as borrower counsel 
    in complex financing transactions involving real property.
•   Represented a Tampa-based developer in site acquisition, financing, 
    development and construction, as well as all project leasing, of a major retail 
    shopping center at Dale Mabry Highway and I-275, including pad site and 
    in-line store lease negotiations and documentation.

•   University of Florida College of Law (J.D., with honors, 1982)
•   University of Florida Warrington School of Business (M.B.A. 1982)
•   Furman University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1978)

Bar and Court Admissions:
•   Florida Bar
•   Middle District of Florida Bar

Honors & Distinctions:
•   Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers
•   Board Certified in Real Estate Law
•   AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell
•   The Best Lawyers in America (Real Estate Law) 2007-2014
•   The Best Lawyers in America Tampa Bay Lawyer of the Year 
    (Real Estate Law) 2010
•   Florida Trend Legal Elite, 2006-2012
•   Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2013

Presentations and Publications:
Author and lecturer of numerous continuing education materials on real estate transactions, legal opinions in commercial transactions, development, commercial leasing, and finance for The Florida Bar, NBI, Strafford, and Lorman Seminars.

Professional Community Involvement:
•   The Florida Bar: Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, Executive Council 
•   Co-Chair of the Legal Opinions Committee of the Real Property, Probate, and 
    Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar
•   Author of portions of the “Report on Standards for Third-Party Legal Opinions
    of Florida Counsel” issued by the Legal Opinion Standards Committee of 
    the Business Law Section and the Legal Opinions Committee of the Real
    Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar