David L. Evans Jr.

Partner

Orlando
T +1.407.649.4078
F +1.407.841.0168

Overview

David Evans practices real estate and business law and routinely represents clients in Florida and throughout the United States in complex real estate transactions. David's daily practice involves real estate acquisitions, sales, development, leasing and land use matters. David maintains a special emphasis on office, industrial, retail and restaurant leasing, and on the preparation and negotiation of complex restrictive covenants for mixed use and other developments.

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  • Represents an international hospitality company and has assisted with its entry into the U.S. marketplace, including the acquisition of distressed short-term rental projects in the Central Florida tourist corridor and the development, operation, permitting, sale and rental of short-term rental townhome units. Also has handled many legal matters not related to real estate, including immigration, labor and employment, tax, and litigation.
  • Served as outside counsel to a Fortune 100 company in connection with development of mixed-use projects in the Central Florida tourist corridor, including the sale and acquisition of land for general commercial, hotel, retail, residential and other uses, and the preparation and negotiation of sophisticated governing documents to protect the client's interests in such developments and surrounding properties.
  • Represents master developer of an 11,000-acre development of regional impact in real estate matters including planning and development, land and lot sales to builders and home buyers, leasing transactions related to the community marketplace, homeowners' association matters, and negotiations with various governmental entities.
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Experience

  • Represents an international hospitality company and has assisted with its entry into the U.S. marketplace, including the acquisition of distressed short-term rental projects in the Central Florida tourist corridor and the development, operation, permitting, sale and rental of short-term rental townhome units. Also has handled many legal matters not related to real estate, including immigration, labor and employment, tax, and litigation.
  • Served as outside counsel to a Fortune 100 company in connection with development of mixed-use projects in the Central Florida tourist corridor, including the sale and acquisition of land for general commercial, hotel, retail, residential and other uses, and the preparation and negotiation of sophisticated governing documents to protect the client's interests in such developments and surrounding properties.
  • Represents master developer of an 11,000-acre development of regional impact in real estate matters including planning and development, land and lot sales to builders and home buyers, leasing transactions related to the community marketplace, homeowners' association matters, and negotiations with various governmental entities.
  • Represents an international logistics company and its subsidiaries in tenant leasing matters throughout the United States.
  • Represents an international hotel and gaming brand in various licensing and development matters in the United States and around the world.
  • Represents a client in the acquisition and sale of gas station sites.
  • Represented an individual investor in the acquisition of a historic office building in the Orlando Central Business District from a bank, and assisted the client with the renovation and subsequent leasing of space in the building.
  • Served as lead counsel to a private foundation in the development of affordable housing.
  • Represented a bankrupt timeshare development company in the disposition of real estate assets in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands pursuant to a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.
  • Represented a private college in the acquisition of an apartment complex that was undergoing significant redevelopment and refurbishment for student housing.
  • Assisted numerous clients in the creation, licensing and operation of property and rental management programs for short-term rental communities and condominium hotels.
  • Represented numerous office, commercial, industrial, retail and restaurant tenants in leasing matters throughout the United States.
  • Assisted various clients in the acquisition and sale of interests and access rights in and to oil, gas, minerals and other subsurface interests.
  • Represented numerous clients in financing transactions, with particular emphasis on reducing documentary stamp tax and intangible tax liabilities.
  • Assisted numerous clients with alcoholic beverage licensing matters involving the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco.
  • Represented various national home builders, investors, and recreational users in the acquisition and sale of land throughout Florida.
  • Represented various owners of office buildings in the downtown Orlando CBD in leasing matters.
  • Represented numerous clients in access, ingress, egress, utility, drainage, conservation and other easement matters. 
  • Assisted numerous clients in obtaining and modifying submerged lands leases with the State of Florida. 
  • Represented numerous clients in the formation and operation of residential and commercial condominium projects, specifically including hotel condominium projects.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2014 to 2018)
    • Orlando: Real Estate Law
  • Orlando Magazine: Best Lawyers (2015 to 2016)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent
  • Legal Elite (2010)

Memberships

  • Florida Bar Association: Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
  • NAIOP (Real Estate Development Association)
  • Coastal Conservation Association of Florida

Community

  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • NAIOP
    • Central Florida Chapter
      • Board of Directors
      • Public Affairs Committee: Past Chair
      • Program Committee: Past Co-Chair
    • Florida Board: Past Member
  • Coastal Conservation Association of Florida, Orlando Chapter, Banquet Committee: Past Chair

Admissions

  • Florida, 2004

Education

  • J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 2004, magna cum laude; Senior Associate Member, Stetson Law Review; Dean's Fellow; Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Fraternity and Business Law Society; Book Awards: Admiralty, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Law of Financial Insititutions
  • B.S.B.A., Samford University, 2001