Real Estate Lawyers

 

Amanda K. Barritt, Stockholder and Practice Chair, Fort Myers

Amanda is Florida Bar Board Certified in Condominium & Planned Development Law and serves as chair of the firm’s Real Estate Department and Condominium and Homeowners’ Associations Practice Group. She concentrates her practice in real estate law and, more specifically, in the areas of residential and commercial community associations, real estate transactions, easements, contract preparation, and real estate development. Amanda represents residential and commercial condominium, homeowners’ and property owners’ associations, non-profit social and recreational clubs, developers, builders, and individuals.

Amanda is the leader of her daughters’ Girl Scout troop, a member of an allocations team for the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties, and Secretary of Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School Fine Arts Association, Inc.

Amanda received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University and her law degree from Florida State University. Amanda may be reached at 239-344-1108 or via email at amanda.barritt@henlaw.com.

 

Edward P. Canterbury, Stockholder, Fort Myers

Edward is a Florida Bar Board Certified Real Estate lawyer. He concentrates his real estate practice in the area of commercial and residential development, acquisitions, finance, survey matters, title insurance, and commercial leases. His experience includes representation of developers, builders, governmental agencies, lending institutions, non-profit corporations and national title insurance underwriters.

Edward serves on the firm’s Executive Committee and on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, Inc. He is a member (and a past president of) the Southwest Florida Real Estate Council and a member of the Real Estate Investment Society (REIS).

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 239-344-1275 or via email at edward.canterbury@henlaw.com.

 

Colby L. Keefe, Associate, Fort Myers

Colby is a member of Henderson Franklin’s Real Estate Department and focuses her practice on community association law. She assists 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 is past president of the St. Johns Association for Women Lawyers, and in 2020, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers named her a “Leader in Law.”

Colby may be reached at colby.keefe@henlaw.com or by phone at 239-344-1184.

 

Alessandro G. Secino, Associate, Fort Myers

Alessandro is an associate in the Real Estate Department, after having previously served as a summer law clerk in 2019. During an externship for a major Florida lender, Alessandro’s interest in real estate grew as he prepared title commitments and drafted mortgage documents. He is adept at negotiations and closings and enjoys mitigating complications so clients can achieve their goals. Alessandro also has a developing practice in water rights law and works with the Condominium and Homeowners’ Association practice group.

Alessandro received his undergraduate degree from Rhodes College and his J.D. from Florida State University College of Law, where he served as editor for FSU Law’s Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law. He is a member of the Lee County Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Division. When not working, he is an avid angler and a member of Cape Coral Tarpon Hunters.

Alessandro may be reached at alessandro.secino@henlaw.com or by phone at 239-344-1268.

 

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 is very active in the community and serves as Chairman of the Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council, Chairman of the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs, Chairman of the Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida, and Chairman of the corporate advisory board of The Terraces of Bonita Springs, a Santa Fe senior living community. He also serves on the board of many communities, including the YMCA of Bonita Springs and Imperial River Conservancy.

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 at by phone at 239-344-1369 or by email at donald.thomson@henlaw.com.

 

Kaylee A. Tuck, Associate, Fort Myers

Kaylee is an associate in the Real Estate and Land Use & Environmental Law departments. She focuses her practice in commercial and residential sales and leases, development, land use, and survey matters.

Over the years, Kaylee has volunteered as a legal intern for Gulfcoast Legal Services, was a member of the Miracle League of Lake Placid, Florida, and was a member of the United Way of Highlands County Community Investment Team.

Kaylee received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University and her law degree from Stetson University College of Law. She may be reached at 239-344-1164 or by email at kaylee.tuck@henlaw.com.

 

Sharon M. Zuccaro, Stockholder, Naples

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

Sharon is a member of the Naples Area Board of Realtors (“NABOR”) and serves on its Legal Resources Committee. She also is a member of the Humane Society of Naples (“HSN”) Board of Directors and serves as Treasurer and a member of its Strategic Planning Committee. Additionally, Sharon serves on the Ambassador Retention Membership Committee as a member of the Collier County Building Industry Association (“CCBIA”).

Sharon received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her law degree from Vanderbilt University. She may be reached at 239-344-1378 or via email at sharon.zuccaro@henlaw.com.

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. He also serves on the firm’s Executive Committee.

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 at 239-344-1169 or by email at scott.beatty@henlaw.com.

 

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 serves on the Board of The IMAG History & Science Center, is of the Uncommon Friends Foundation, and serves on the Finance Committee for SalusCare, Inc. He is also a member of the Association of Eminent Domain Professionals, the Real Estate Investment Society, and The Florida Bar’s Eminent Domain Committee. Carlos is the co-founder of P.E.A.K., a business roundtable made up of members of the accounting, banking, construction, education, financial advising, health, information technology, insurance, legal, mortgage brokering, non-profit, public relations, and real estate professions.

Carlos received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his law degree from Emory University. He may be reached at 239-344-1326 or by email at carlos.kelly@henlaw.com.

 

Shannon M. Puopolo, Stockholder, Fort Myers

Shannon Puopolo 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. She is admitted to practice in Florida state court, as well as the United States District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.

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 can be reached at shannon.puopolo@henlaw.com.

Land Use & Environmental Law Attorneys

 

Richard B. Akin, Stockholder, Fort Myers

Richard Akin concentrates his litigation practice representing local municipalities, businesses, insurance companies, and individuals in civil, employment and tort claims, including constitutional claims, premises liability, product liability, and motor vehicle accidents. He also represents businesses and individuals in administrative litigation, including licensing and permitting matters.

Richard received his undergraduate degree and law degree from Florida State University. He may be reached at 239-344-1182 or by email at richard.akin@henlaw.com.

 

Russell P. Schropp, Stockholder and Managing Stockholder, Fort Myers

Russell practices in the areas of land use, zoning, and environmental law. He represents property owners and others before local, regional, state and federal agencies.

Russell serves as Chair of the Business Issues Committee of the Horizon Council, the business advisory council to the Lee County Commission and is a member of the Real Estate Investment Society of Lee County (REIS).

Russell received his undergraduate degree from Stetson University and his law degree and Master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Florida State University. He can be reached at 239-344-1280 or via email at russell.schropp@henlaw.com.

 

Jeff E. Wright, Stockholder and Practice Chair, Naples

Jeff is Board Certified in City, County & Local Government Law and represents private property owners, developers, associations, and investors in obtaining land use entitlements, and in addressing land use and permitting concerns. He specializes in working through complex challenges presented by the local government’s regulation of land use and the exercise of private property rights. His expertise includes Florida’s Sunshine Law and Public Records Law, zoning and code enforcement, and all matters involving city, county, and local governments, including towns, villages, special districts, and community development districts.

Jeff serves on the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee and is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Real Estate Investment Society (REIS), the Naples and Collier County Building Industry Association (CBIA), and the Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR).

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 at 239-344-1371 or by email at jeff.wright@henlaw.com.