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Joel Giles practices in the areas of complex real estate and commercial transactions. He represents the developers of large mixed-use, commercial, and residential projects.


  • Represented a major developer in the development of a 1,200-acre waterfront community; a 4,000-acre DRI; and a 5,000-acre DRI.
  • Represented a public company in the acquisition of property for, as well as the construction of, a new high-rise office building.
  • Represented a major developer in the development of a $230 million high-rise, beachfront condo and hotel project.
  • Represented a local developer in the sale of a high-rise, beachfront hotel.


  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America
    • Real Estate Litigation, Real Estate Law (2008–2024)
    • Tampa "Lawyer of the Year," Real Estate Litigation (2020)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar 
    • Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section
  • Florida Resurrection House Inc.
    • Former Chairman
  • St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Chair, Transportation Council 
    • Former Chairman 
    • Former Member of the Year
  • Pinellas County Economic Development Council
    • Co-Chair
  • Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority Transit Funding Committee
  • Tampa Bay Partnership Transportation Task Force
  • The Canterbury School of Florida Inc.
    • Board of Trustees
  • Previously involved with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Catholic Charities Housing Inc., The Suncoasters of St. Petersburg Inc., Suncoast Tiger Bay Club Inc., and numerous political campaigns, often serving as campaign treasurer.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Funding and Legal Framework for Florida’s Transportation Future," APA Florida Annual Conference, Tampa, FL (September 15, 2010)
  • “Connection Between Land Use and Transportation Planning,” Pinellas County Economic Development Council Quarterly Meeting (January 21, 2010)



  • University of Florida College of Law (J.D., 1982)
  • University of Florida (B.A., 1980)

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