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JIM SHIMBERG
Land Use & Development Counsel

With nearly four decades of expertise, Jim Shimberg leads the Tampa office for both the Shubin Law Group, P.A. and The Euclid Group. Jim compliments his expertise in local regulatory environments, specifically real estate development, land use, and zoning, with experience navigating both the public and private sectors.

Jim most recently served at the Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Strategic Property Partners, LLC (“SPP”), the developer behind the largest and most transformational project in Tampa’s history, Water Street Tampa. Water Street Tampa is a $4 billion, 56-acre mixed-use real estate development under construction in downtown Tampa along the waterfront, developed by Jeff Vinik and Seattle’s Cascade Investment, LLC.

In addition to his role with SPP, Jim has served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Vinik Sports Group, the parent company of the National Hockey League’s 2020 and 2021 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning. He joined the Tampa Bay Lightning as General Counsel in 2013, recruited as much for his local real estate expertise and relationships in the community as his legal background.

Prior to working with SPP and the Lightning, Jim spent more than 26 years as a land use and real estate attorney with Holland & Knight LLP. There he held several leadership roles including Executive Partner of the Tampa office, Practice Group Leader for the Tampa Bay Area Real Estate and Land Use Group and Chair of the Firm’s National Land Use Initiative.

Jim also served as the City Attorney for the City of Tampa, where he helped manage all legal issues associated with Tampa’s hosting of the 2012 Republican National Convention. These experiences have given him an unparalleled depth of knowledge of the regulatory process in real estate development and land use in the Tampa Bay region.

In 2011-2012 Jim served as an Urban Land Institute Rose Fellow as one of four representatives for the City of Tampa in a year-long collaboration with the cities of Kansas City, Mo., Oakland, Calif. and Providence, RI, learning about cutting-edge public private developments around the country.

A Tampa native, Jim has a robust network of business and political relationships that span decades, bolstered by a father and uncle who were prominent developers and community leaders in Tampa. Following in their footsteps, Jim is also active in the community.

Jim is a 1981 graduate of the University of Florida and a 1984 graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, where he was a member of the Florida Law Review and Florida Blue Key. He holds the highest rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

 

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Education

University of Florida, BSBA
University of Florida, College of Law, JD

Recognition

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America guide (Land Use & Zoning Law, 2007-2011 and Real Estate Law, 2008-2011)
Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2010
Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, May 2009, Legal Elite, and the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Power 100
Citizen of the Year by Tampa Connection, 2007

Organizations

Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative
Board President

Council of Advisors, Bob Graham Center for Public Service, University of Florida
Chair

Center for Advanced Learning and Simulation, University of South Florida (CAMLS)
Board Member

Tampa Downtown Partnership
Board Member, Past Chair

Greater Tampa Chamber
Former General Counsel

James & Amy Shimberg Foundation, Inc.
Trustee

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