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Mark R. Leavitt

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Mr. Leavitt represents clients in civil litigation and administrative matters with a focus on property rights litigation including eminent domain, inverse condemnation, water rights and code violations. In addition, he also handles valuation issues including real property disputes, business valuations and property taxes challenges.

Mr. Leavitt practices throughout Florida and in a number of other states. He typically represents property owners, tenants, businesses in pre-litigation negotiations, administrative hearings, political proceedings and at trial. In addition, he has extensive experience in the areas of Florida documentary stamp taxes and intangible taxes incurred in connection with conveying and mortgaging real estate.


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Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association
    • Past Chair Eminent Domain Subcommittee
  • The Florida Bar
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
    • City State and Local Government Section
    • Eminent Domain Committee - Past Vice Chair; Past Co-Editor of Newsletter
  • The Florida Bar Foundation – Fellow
  • Orange County Bar Association
    • Practice Areas: City/State/Local Government; Eminent Domain; Real Estate; Civil Litigation; and Zoning/Planning/Land Use
  • Association of Eminent Domain Professionals

Charitable and Pro Bono Service

  • Boy Scouts of America - Adult Leader
  • Jewish Community Center - Board Member
  • Jewish Federation Greater Orlando - Past Vice President

Education

  • J.D.: Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 1986
    • National Mock Trial Team
  • Undergraduate Degree: B.G.S. in Business and Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1982

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Texas
  • Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

Recognition & Awards

  • Jewish Community Center - Recipient of the Leadership Award
  • Martindale Hubbell:
    • Preeminent AV Rating
    • Top Rated Real Estate Attorney

Speaking Engagements

  • Koontz v. St. John’s River Water Management District, Eminent Domain Committee for the State Bar of Florida, Tampa, Florida, September 27, 2013
  • Calhoun v. Volusia County: Analysis of Pre-suite Cost Issues, The Florida Eminent Domain Bar Eminent Domain Committee, 2010
  • Expert Fees Prior to Suit in an Eminent Domain Matter, Association of Eminent Domain Professionals Annual Meeting, 2010
  • Eminent Domain: Controversial Property Rights, Co-chair and co-editor, Orlando and Tampa, 2006
  • Water Issues and Eminent Domain: Flooding, retention, drainage, lake/ocean property and more. CLE International, Tampa, 2006
  • The Armadillo Case: Dramatic Effect or Overreaction?, CLE International, 2003
  • Armadillo: The End of the Interventionist Court?, Association of Eminent Domain Professionals, 2003
  • Not Litigating? Issues Related to a Real Estate/Eminent Domain Transaction, The Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee, 2005 and CLE International, Las Vegas, 2005
  • The Real World vs. The Make Believe World of Eminent Domain, The Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee, 2001
  • Florida Business Damages, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, 1999
  • Tasting Good - A Private Sector View of Eminent Domain Effect on Restaurants and Bars, Association of Eminent Domain Professionals Conference, 1997
  • National Survey of Eminent Domain Law, A Synopsis of Important Legal Decisions, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, co-editor/author 1997 and 1998
  • Fixtures - The Forgotten Property, The Florida Bar Condemnation Seminar, 1996
  • Fair Market Value: Many Times a Round Peg for a Square Whole, American Bar Association Annual Meeting - Eminent Domain Committee, 1996

Publications

  • Calhoun v. Volusia County: Analysis of Pre-suite Cost Issues, The Florida Eminent Domain Bar Eminent Domain Committee, 2010
  • Expert Fees Prior to Suit in an Eminent Domain Matter, Association of Eminent Domain Professionals Annual Meeting, 2010
  • Abandoned Agricultural Property, Land and Living Magazine, November, 2008
  • Eminent Domain: Controversial Property Rights, Co-chair and co-editor, Orlando and Tampa, 2006
  • Water Issues and Eminent Domain: Flooding, retention, drainage, lake/ocean property and more. CLE International, Tampa, 2006
  • The Armadillo Case: Dramatic Effect or Overreaction?, CLE International, 2003
  • Armadillo: The End of the Interventionist Court?, Association of Eminent Domain Professionals, 2003
  • Not Litigating? Issues Related to a Real Estate/Eminent Domain Transaction, The Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee, 2005 and CLE International, Las Vegas, 2005
  • The Real World vs. The Make Believe World of Eminent Domain, The Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee, 2001
  • Florida Business Damages, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, 1999
  • Tasting Good - A Private Sector View of Eminent Domain Effect on Restaurants and Bars, Association of Eminent Domain Professionals Conference, 1997
  • National Survey of Eminent Domain Law, A Synopsis of Important Legal Decisions, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, co-editor/author 1997 and 1998
  • Fixtures - The Forgotten Property, The Florida Bar Condemnation Seminar, 1996
  • Fair Market Value: Many Times a Round Peg for a Square Whole, American Bar Association Annual Meeting - Eminent Domain Committee, 1996
  • Governmental Restrictions to Development: When Does a Regulation Become a Taking?, Development Extractions, Regulatory Takings, and Condemnation Seminar, co-author, 1992