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James J. Porter

Partner
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Jim Porter joined Adams and Reese in 2010 following the firm's expansion into Tampa. He has been practicing law since 1990 and is board certified by The Florida Bar as an expert in City, County and Local Government Law. His practice focuses on zoning, land use and governmental relations, including governmental contracts and procurement. He has extensive experience with local government law, including the Sunshine Law and Public Records. Jim is the attorney for the Hillsborough County School Board, the 8th largest school district in the United States.

Jim has experience in all aspects of local governmental land use law including zoning, comprehensive planning, Development Agreements, transportation, and the drafting of Land Development regulations. He also has experience with the wireless communication industry, including zoning cases and laws involving cellular towers.

Jim's significant contributions include:

  • Formerly with the Hillsborough County Attorney's office from 1990-2004, and was the Chief Assistant County Attorney for the Land Use Section.
  • Extensive experience with quasi-judicial land use and zoning hearings before County Commissions, City Councils, Hearing Officers and planning and zoning boards.
  • Recognized in Florida Super Lawyers® in the area of Land Use and Zoning.

In the community, Jim served as Chairman of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and was chair of Leadership Tampa Class of 2015. He has been on the boards of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. He is also the current chair of Hillsborough Arts, Inc.

In his spare time, Jim likes running, politics and traveling.