Real Estate Lawyers

Edward P. Canterbury, Stockholder and Practice Chair, Fort Myers

Edward is a board certified real estate lawyer with the Florida Bar Board. He specializes in real estate law, covering aspects like commercial and residential development, acquisitions, finance, survey matters, title insurance, and commercial leases. Edward represents developers, builders, governmental agencies, lending institutions, non-profit corporations, and national title insurance underwriters.

Edward received his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and his law degree from Ohio Northern University and was the Valedictorian of his law class. Edward may be reached at

Colby L. Keefe, Stockholder, Fort Myers

Colby focuses her practice on community association law, assiting communities on issues ranging from covenant enforcement, governing document interpretation and revisions, and land use governance to matters of compliance with the Fair Housing Act. Her experience also includes collection matters, lien foreclosures, and preparing and negotiating vendor contracts.

Colby obtained her undergraduate degree at Flagler College and her Juris Doctorate at the University of Georgia School of Law. She may be reached at

Alessandro G. Secino, Associate, Fort Myers

Having worked for a major Florida lender in the past, Alessandro cultivated a strong passion for real estate law, particularly in crafting mortgage documents and preparing title commitments. His legal practice is centered on navigating complexities, overseeing closings, and negotiating deals to assist clients in reaching their goals in both commercial and residential real estate. Alessandro focuses his practice in commercial lease agreements, commercial loan transactions, and water rights matters, including handling disputes over riparian boundaries, dock leasing, and sovereign submerged land leases.

Alessandro received his undergraduate degree from Rhodes College and his J.D. from Florida State University College of Law. He may be reached at

G. Donald Thomson, Stockholder, Bonita Springs

Don concentrates his practice in the area of real estate, as well as civil and real estate litigation.  Don is also a Certified Circuit Civil Mediator by the Supreme Court of Florida.

Don received his undergraduate degree from St. Leo College (summa cum laude) and his law degree from Stetson University (cum laude). He may be reached by email at

Sharon M. Zuccaro, Stockholder, Naples

Sharon represents developers, sellers, and buyers in commercial and residential real estate transactions. More specifically, she concentrates her practice in matters involving finance, contracts, leases, closings, title insurance, and homeowner and condominium associations.

Sharon received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her law degree from Vanderbilt University. She may be reached by email at

Real Estate Litigation Attorneys

Scott A. Beatty, Stockholder, Naples

Scott concentrates his practice in the areas of civil, business and commercial litigation, including real estate litigation, boundary and border disputes, business torts, construction and lien law litigation, contract disputes, collections, foreclosures, and title insurance claims.

Scott is a fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America (“CLSA”) and devotes time to the Boys Scouts of America.

Scott received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University (cum laude) and his J.D. from the University of Miami (cum laude). He may be reached by email at

Carlos A. Kelly, Stockholder, Fort Myers

Carlos is a passionate advocate for his clients’ business and real estate interests when they must be protected in court, in arbitration, or before any other tribunal. He represents his business clients in the areas of partner/shareholder claims, creditors’ rights, and other contract-based claims. He represents his real estate clients in the areas of eminent domain, inverse condemnation, Bert J. Harris, Jr., Private Property Rights Protection Act claims, purchase and sale disputes, real estate broker/agent defense, landlord/tenant claims, and foreclosure.

Carlos received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his law degree from Emory University. He may be reached by email at

Shannon M. Puopolo, Stockholder, Fort Myers

Shannon concentrates her business litigation in the area of real estate litigation. Specifically, she handles matters including title insurance claims, creditors’ rights in bankruptcy and foreclosure proceedings, actions by third party purchasers in foreclosure, lien and tax deed sales. Shannon also handles partnership disputes, trust modification litigation, association law matters, lien foreclosures, reforeclosures, lien collection matters, residential and commercial evictions and ejectment proceedings.

Shannon received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis (B.A., 2005) and her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2009). She may be reached by email at

Land Use & Environmental Law Attorneys

Richard B. Akin, Stockholder, Fort Myers

Richard represents businesses and individuals in administrative litigation, land use and zoning matters, and licensing and permitting matters. He also has an extensive background in civil litigation and represents businesses and real estate professionals in contractual, employment and tort claims.

Richard received his undergraduate degree and law degree from Florida State University. He may be reached by email at

Colten Thomas, Associate, Fort Myers

Colten, currently serving as an Associate in the Land Use and Environmental Law and Real Estate Departments, embarked on this role following two successful Summer Associate internships with Henderson Franklin. His enthusiasm for land use law is driven by the chance to contribute to the development of Southwest Florida while honoring its rich history. Being a third-generation Fort Myers native, Colten is deeply invested in preserving the city’s distinctive characteristics while actively supporting its growth and advocating for lasting enhancements.

Colten achieved his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Duke University, and went on to achieve his Juris Doctor from Florida State University College of Law. He may be reached at

Jeff E. Wright, Stockholder and Practice Chair, Naples

Jeff is Florida Bar Board Certified in City, County & Local Government Law. He advocates for private property owners, developers, associations, and investors in securing land use entitlements and addressing land use and permitting issues. He navigates the intricate challenges posed by local government regulations on land use and the exercise of private property rights.

Jeff also handles Florida’s Sunshine Law and Public Records Law, zoning, code enforcement, and various matters involving city, county, and local governments, encompassing towns, villages, special districts, and community development districts.

Jeff received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law.  He may be reached by email at