Tampa Business Lawyer
John has large firm experience. Prior to joining Aegis Law, John handled a wide variety of large complex transactions as a member of the Corporate Group at Shutts & Bowen, LLP, one of Florida's largest and prestigious law firms.
John’s practice focuses on corporate, regulatory and transactional matters for businesses, real estate developers, charitable organizations and financial institutions. He regularly advises clients regarding mergers and acquisitions, entity formation and business structures, commercial transactions, secured transactions, commercial real estate, commercial leasing, corporate finance, securities, corporate taxation, state and local tax issues and audits and charitable organizations.
A licensed Merchant Marine Officer, John holds a 100 Gross Ton Master Captain’s license with the United States Coast Guard. He regularly advises clients regarding the acquisition and registration of domestic and foreign flagged vessels.
John also dedicates his time and skill to giving back to the greater community. John is an active member of the community and devotes his time to serving various local charitable and civic organizations. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Sarasota Downtown Farmer's Market.
John is an active member of Hillsborough County Young Lawyers Division as well as the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar.
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Consider the following:
- Comfort Level
- - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?
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- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?
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- Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.