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Edgel C. Lester Jr.

Edgel C. Lester Jr.

Of Counsel

Overview

Ed Lester has handled numerous types of commercial and real estate transactions, and regularly represents clients in connection with mortgage and asset-based loans, real estate and equipment sales, leases, acquisitions, loan workouts, settlement agreements, purchases, sales of stock and other equity interests, loan securitizations, synthetic leases, and timeshare receivables financing.

Ed is a Fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers and is past Chair of the Real Estate Financing Subcommittee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. He has taught secured transactions at Stetson University College of Law and participated in numerous programs relating to his practice areas. He also serves as a title agent for most of the title companies that write policies in the State of Florida. Ed speaks regularly on topics relating to finance and legal ethics.

Experience

  • Represented a health care-focused private non-traded real estate investment trust in its $117 million purchase of a portfolio of 20 specialized outpatient treatment centers.

Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law (2005-2019)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite (2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011) 
  • Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers , Real Estate (2006-2018)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2007-2018)
  • Listed in The Legal 500 , Real Estate Transactions and Finance

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Westshore Alliance
  • Real Estate Investment Council, Inc.
  • Board of Regents, American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers 
  • Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys
  • American Bar Association 
    • Business Law Section  
    • Commercial Financial Services Committee, Real Estate 
    • Finance Subcommittee, former chair
  • The Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Leadership Tampa Alumni
  • Rotary Club International
  • Chair of the Advisory Board, Center for Ethics, University of Tampa
  • H.B. Plant Museum, Board of Trustees
  • University of Tampa
    • Former Chairman, Board of Counselors
    • Former Member, Board of Trustees 
  • Former President, American Heart Association Metro Tampa Division
  • Member, Board of Directors, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Speaking Engagements

  • Ed Lester has spoken at numerous seminars in the areas of real estate, finance and legal ethics, including several recent programs regarding Revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, due diligence in loan transactions and Florida title insurance issues
  • He taught Secured Transactions at Stetson University College of Law
  • “Lawyer's Role and Responsibility in Finance Fraud,” at the annual meeting of the Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys (May 2010)
  • “Judicial Erosion of Bankruptcy Remoteness Protections” Panel, at the ABA Business Law Section's Spring Meeting (2010)

Credentials

Education
  • University of Kentucky College of Law (J.D., 1982)
  • Middle Tennessee State University (M.A., 1975)
  • Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1972)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Florida State Courts

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