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Michael J. (“Micky”) Grindstaff is a partner in Shutts & Bowen’s Orlando office and is the firm wide Managing Partner. He also serves on the firm’s Executive Committee.

Since 1982, Micky’s practice of law has been concentrated in the areas of real estate transactions, land use and development. He has handled numerous transactions involving the acquisition, zoning, permitting, development and sale of retail shopping centers, mixed-use developments, residential subdivisions, multi-family apartment complexes, office buildings and Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs). He has negotiated and prepared sophisticated acquisition, sale, lease, financing, easement and land use related documentation.

In addition, Micky has handled many real estate related litigation matters including condemnations, title disputes, ad valorem taxation disputes, landlord/tenant disputes, mortgage foreclosures, receiverships, and zoning and land use litigation. He has also been intensely involved in several comprehensive and substantial loan work-out matters, representing both developers and institutional lenders.

Education

  • Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, J. D., cum laude, 1982
  • University of Central Florida, B.S.B.A., 1978

Bar Admissions

  • The Florida Bar

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Former Chairman and Member of University of Central Florida Board of Trustees
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Orange County Sheriff Foundation
  • Appointment by former Senator Mel Martinez as past statewide Chairman and Member of Federal Judicial Nominating Committee (four years)
  • Former Chairman and Member, Orange County Planning and Zoning Commission (five years)
  • Former Member of the Orange County Board of Zoning Adjustment
  • Past Trustee, Orlando Science Center (four years)
  • Past Chairman and Current Director of the University of Central Florida Foundation (eleven years)
  • Director, University of Central Florida Athletic Association
  • Past Director, UCF Alumni Association
  • Past Chairman and President, UCF Golden Knights Club, Inc.
  • UCF Alumni Trustee (Lifetime Member)

Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rated, 5.0 out of 5
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Eminent Practitioner, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use,  2005 – 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Real Estate Law in 2006 – 2018
    • Litigation-Real Estate Law 2012 – 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Orlando, 2014
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, 2006 – 2012, 2014
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Real Estate in 2007 – 2014
  • Orlando’s Best Lawyers, 2006 – 2017
  • Who’s Who Legal, The International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers, 2011 – 2012
  • UCF College of Business Hall of Fame
  • UCF College of Business, 50th Anniversary Award for Excellence

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