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Derek R. Houston

Special Counsel
Transactions

Derek Houston joined Adams and Reese in 2014 as Special Counsel in the firm’s St. Petersburg office. Practicing law since 2004, Derek focuses his legal practice on lending, commercial real estate and real estate development transactions and construction contracting. He previously has served as in-house counsel of a prominent national retail mortgage lender.

Derek is a former Shareholder with Trenam Kemker and a former attorney with Holland & Knight.

Derek’s representative experience includes:

Commercial and Residential Lending Transactions

  • Representation of numerous national and community banks in commercial secured lending transactions, including real estate and asset-based transactions.
  • Representation of numerous national and community banks in SBA lending transactions.
  • Representation of numerous national and community banks in loan disputes, workouts and loan re-structures.
  • Representation of numerous banks and mortgage lenders in residential lending transactions and regulatory compliance matters.
  • Qualified and served as expert witness for US Attorney General’s office on residential construction lending matters.

Real Estate Development, Leasing and Transactions:

  • Representation of owner/developers in the purchase, assemblage, and sale of commercial, residential and multi-family and mixed use real estate properties/projects.
  • Representation of owner/developers in acquisition, development and construction of commercial, residential and multi-family and mixed use real estate projects, including multi-family and student housing apartment projects, hotel, restaurant and other hospitality projects, and complex mixed use and timeshare projects.
  • Representation of landlords and corporate tenants in commercial leasing transactions and disputes.
  • Representation of owner/developers in secured transactions with lenders in connection with the acquisition, development, construction and refinancing of commercial, residential and multi-family and mixed use real estate projects.

Small Business Transactions:

  • Representation of corporate clients and owners in the areas of organizing and operating of small businesses.
  • Representation of corporate purchasers, sellers and owners in the acquisition and sale of small businesses.
  • Representation of corporate purchasers and owners in acquisition financing and re-financing of small businesses.

Construction Contracting:

  • Representation of contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and owners in negotiation of construction and purchase order documentation.
  • Representation of contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and owners in construction and construction lien disputes and practices.

Derek is a former co-chair of the Real Property Section of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, and a current active member of Real Estate Investment Council of Tampa Bay, International Council of Shopping Centers and the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

Derek is a graduate of both Leadership St. Petersburg and Leadership Tampa Bay.

In the community, he is the President-Elect and a member of the Executive Committee of the Suncoasters of St. Petersburg, Inc., and he is on the membership committee of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Derek is an active member of both the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership and the Tampa Downtown Partnership and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership. He is also a member of the advisory board of Tampa Bay Watch, ESPN’s St. Petersburg Bitcoin Bowl and First Night St. Petersburg.