Jim Soble is a shareholder who joined Gunster in 2011. A real estate attorney with more than three decades of practice, Jim has been involved in many of Tampa Bay’s landmark and major commercial real estate development projects; however, Jim’s practice is not limited to just regional and state real estate projects, but rather is national in scope and includes transactions valued into the hundreds of millions of dollars. Over the years, Jim’s clients have included developers, local and national financial institutions, private and institutional investors. He is dedicated to closing the transaction at hand, as well as providing each client with personalized service and attention to their often specific needs.

Jim is involved in all aspects of real property acquisition, syndication, financing, development, construction and leasing advising lenders, developers, syndicators, hotel operators, construction companies, real estate brokers and private investors. He has assisted these clients in various projects including shopping centers, office buildings, multi-family residential projects, hotels, recreational and industrial properties, among others. In addition, Jim has represented clients before local and regional planning commissions in connection with zoning and variance matters.

Jim is also involved in handling title matters, coordinating due diligence activities and identifying and dealing with environmental challenges. He advises both landlords and tenants on lease transactions including retail, office, residential and industrial leases. Jim works with clients to structure and document a variety of financing transactions including acquisition, construction “takeout” and permanent financing.

Active in Tampa Bay area civic and charitable organizations, Jim has also presented numerous lectures, workshops and roundtable discussions on behalf of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law, 2013-19
  • International Bar Association, “Who’s Who Legal: USA”, 2012-present
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2010
  • The Legal 500 US, Florida Real Estate and Construction, 2009
  • “The Sun Also Rises; Impact of Solar Energy on Shopping Center Development,” ICSC Law Conference, San Diego, California, 2013
  • “Fraudulent Transfers of Commercial Real Estate and Cancellation of Debt,” ICSC Law Conference, Orlando, Florida, 2012
  • “Dodd-Frank: A Chilling Impact on Commercial Real Estate,” ICSC Law Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, 2011
  • “Maturing CMBS Loans, Orphans Without a Home,” ICSC Law Conference, Hollywood, Florida, 2010
  • “The Big Dogs Bite, How Anchor Tenants Control Shopping Center Development,” ICSC Law Conference, San Diego, California, 2009
  • “The Newest Mantra: Shopping Center Redevelopment,” ICSC Law Conference, Orlando, Florida, 2008
  • “Leasing for Non-Professionals, North Miami, Florida, 2008
  • “How to Select the Right Shopping Center Development Joint Partner and Make the Marriage Work,” ICSC Law Conference, San Diego, California, 2007
  • “Multi-Parcel Assemblages, Putting the Puzzle Together,” ICSC Law Conference, Orlando, Florida, 2006
  • “Shopping Center Security,” Florida Retail Leasing Symposium, Tampa, Florida, 2003
  • “Urban Retail/Entertainment Developments,” Florida Retail Leasing Symposium, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 2001
  • “Downtown Mixed Use Development Projects,” ICSC Law Conference, Desert Springs, California, 2001
  • “The 75 Minute Development Process from Start to Finish,” ICSC Florida Conference, Orlando, Florida, 2001
  • American Bar Association
  • Florida Holocaust Museum, board of trustees
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Neighborhood Lending Partners, Inc., board of directors 2013 – present
  • Florida Bar, Standing Committee on the Unlicensed Practice of Law, vice chair, 2002-03
  • Menorah Manor, Inc.
    • Chair, 2001-02
    • President, 1997-2001
  • Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Mental Health Services
    • Vice chairman, 1991-98
    • President, 1985-88
  • Jewish Federation of Pinellas County, President, 1993-95, 1989-91
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Advanced Commercial Leasing Institute

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