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Alexander is an associate in the firm’s Business Litigation division. He handles general litigation matters including contract disputes and landlord/tenant disputes, as well as bankruptcy and creditors’ rights matters. Alexander is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts.

While in law school, Alexander was a member of Stetson’s Law Review, was a Research Assistant to Professor Carliss Chatman, and helped her to publish two scholarly articles: Judgment Without Notice: The Unconstitutionality of Constructive Notice Following Citizens United and The Corporate Personhood Two-Step. He also served as a judicial intern to Judge James Pierce (Florida 6th Judicial Circuit), where he helped launch the Pinellas County’s Boys Court program under Unified Family Court. Alexander also served as President of Stetson Law Parents and Vice President of Stetson’s Business Law Society.

Alexander was the 2016 and 2017 recipient of St. Petersburg Bar Association Judge Frank H. White Scholarship. He was a 2015 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (“LCLD”) Scholar and was a 2017 recipient of Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association Judge Alexander L. Paskay Scholarship. Prior to law school, Alexander was a personal banker in Miami.

Alexander was born and raised on the island of Jamaica and has called St. Petersburg Florida home for the last four years, however, recently relocated to Fort Myers. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, cross-training, and trying new foods.

Professional and Civic Affiliations

Over the years, Alexander has volunteered as a tax preparer through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (“VITA”) program and for the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. He is also a member of the Lee County Bar Association.

Summer is a busy season for moving in Florida. This time of year is a popular time for families to move because it follows the spring real estate season and because school is out, parents won’t have to deal with enrolling their children in a new school mid-year. Landlords should ensure that they are aware of and in compliance with Florida law prior to renting.

Before signing a rental agreement or lease, landlords are encouraged to seek legal counsel to ensure that their lease complies with Florida law and that they are aware of the laws governing the landlord tenant relationship.

Landlord’s Responsibilities

In Florida, landlords are responsible for maintaining the dwelling. At all times during tenancy, the landlord shall (1) comply with the requirements of applicable building, housing, and health codes; (2) maintain the roofs; (3) doors; (4) floors; (5) steps; (6) porches; (7) exterior walls; (8) foundations; (9) and all other structural components in good repair. The landlord must also maintain the plumbing in reasonable working condition.

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