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James S. Savalli

240 South Pineapple Avenue
10th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236


Sheila Smith
Direct941.366.6660 x2470

James S. Savalli is in the litigation practice group and focuses his practice on commercial, construction, and real property litigation.  James is also involved on the transactional side of construction, helping to prepare and negotiate contract documents on behalf of owners, designers, general contractors, and subcontractors.

At Brooklyn Law School, James received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Fundamentals of Legal Drafting, and drafted a policy report for the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) which will be featured in its summer 2016 symposium on standard form construction contracts.

James grew up in Sarasota, attending Pine View School and playing sports at Booker High School.  Before pursuing a legal career, James received his Bachelor of Science from the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management at the University of Florida, and he worked as an Assistant Project Manager for Skanska USA Building Inc.  James’s past projects include the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Master Plan Renovation, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the United Nations Headquarters Capital Master Plan in New York, and he brings extensive construction knowledge with him to Shumaker’s construction law practice group.

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law and Young Lawyers Division
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Construction Law Section
  • New York County Lawyers' Association, Construction Law Section
  • New York City Bar Association, Non Resident Member
  • Gulf Coast Builders Exchange
  • U.S. Green Building Council, LEED AP
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Sarasota Community Board

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  • J.D., Certificate in Real Estate Law, Brooklyn Law School, 2015
  • B.S., cum laude, Building Construction, Minor in Business Administration, University of Florida, 2006

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2016, Active
  • New York, 2016, Active
  • Florida, 2016, Active
  • District of Columbia, Pending