Lynn Pappas began her North Florida real estate practice as a transactional lawyer involved in sophisticated acquisition and loan transactions, and representing landowners and developers, real estate buyers, sellers and borrowers and lending institutions. She also served in a number of leadership capacities in growth management initiatives at the state and local levels in the early stages of Florida’s shift to statewide growth management laws.

Lynn’s experience in land use law and policy matters together with a solid grounding in real estate law, transactions and environmental permitting, allow her to navigate the complexity of growth management legislation, environmental regulations, and in the context of the needs of the landowner, developer and end user. She has also supported clients regarding the land use litigation process, where she provides both substantive and strategic advice.

Lynn has also served as a past chairman of the prestigious Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, as well as past chairman of the Cornerstone Economic Development regional partnership. She has been engaged in numerous local, regional and statewide efforts focused on economic development initiatives, and in transactions involving economic development incentives and corresponding local government and other agency approvals.

Lynn has been an active participant in numerous state and regional civic endeavors including chairing local growth management task forces, service on the State University System board of governors and the University of North Florida board of trustees, as well as several transition teams for Florida governors and City of Jacksonville mayors. She is a founding member of the Jacksonville Civic Council. Lynn has been recognized in numerous publications, including The Best Lawyers in America®, Legal Elite, “Top 50” female attorneys, Chambers USA “Leading Individuals,” Florida Super Lawyers, as well as twice recognized as Best Lawyers’ “Jacksonville Lawyer of the Year.” Chambers USA 2013 noted that “Lynn Pappas continues to stand out as a ‘go to person’ for her abilities in complex commercial real estate land use matters.”

  • ULI North Florida Visionary Leader, 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Jacksonville, 2009; Environmental Law "Lawyer of the Year” in Jacksonville, 2012 & 2019; Land Use & Zoning Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Jacksonville, 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Environmental, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law, 1993-2019
  • Chambers & Partners, “Leaders in Their Field,” Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2011-16, 2018 and Real Estate, 2011, 2014-17
  • Florida Trend, “Legal Elite,” 2004-10, 2014-16
  • AV Preeminent rating as independently determined by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of “Preeminent Women Lawyers,” 2011
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-13
  • Florida Super Lawyers, “Top 50 Female,” 2006-11
  • Inducted into first Coast Business Hall of Fame, 2006
  • Business Journal 2005 class of “Women of Influence,” 2005
  • Florida Bar Association
    • Real Property Section
    • Probate & Trust Law Section
    • Environmental & Land Use Law Section
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
    • Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section
    • Vice chairman, 1985-86
  • American Bar Association
  • Fourth Judicial Circuit, Grievance Committee, 1984-87
  • Urban Land Institute North Florida Advisory Board, 2011-present
  • Brooks Rehabilitation, board of directors, 2015-present
  • Jacksonville Civic Council, 2010-present
  • Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce
    • chairman, 2002
    • chair-elect, 2001
    • board of trustees, 2001-present
    • board of governors, 1998-present
    • general counsel, 1997-98
  • Jacksonville Growth Management Task Force, 2008-09
  • Florida Board of Governors, State University System, 2003-08
    • Task Force on FAMU Finance & Operational Control Issues, chair, 2007-08
    • Audit Committee, chair, 2006-08
  • Alliance for World Class Education
    • board of directors, 2003-08
    • chairman, 2005-07
  • Baptist Health Center South, board of directors, 2003-07
  • University of North Florida Foundation, board of directors, 2000-04
  • Governor’s Advisory Council on Base Realignment and Closures, 2003-05
  • Governor Jeb Bush, transition team, member, 1996, 1998 & 2002
  • Jacksonville Housing Authority Advisory Commission, board of directors, 1995-2001
  • Cornerstone Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce-Economic Development, chairman, 1998-99
  • City Council Joint Growth Management Task Force, chairman, 1996-97
  • Jacksonville Economic Development Company, Chairman, vice-chairman, board of directors, 1989-96
  • Northeast Florida Builders Association, board of directors, 1990-96

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