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Brian C. Willis

Bank of America Plaza
101 E. Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 2800
Tampa, FL 33602


Katherine Grotz

Brian represents regional, national, and international clients in every segment of the real estate industry and across the entire state of Florida. With more than 10 years of experience, his clients include:

  • National and regional commercial landlords and tenants
  • Investors
  • Businesses
  • Property managers
  • Receivers and trustees
  • Developers
  • Publicly traded and privately held REITs
  • Owners associations
    • Condominiums
    • Homeowners associations (HOAs)
    • Townhomes
  • Doctors
  • Other professionals.

As an innovative problem solver and strong advocate, Brian’s clients value his ability to help navigate the intersection of real estate, business, litigation, and local government entitlements and regulation. His extensive service on volunteer committees, including work with the Hillsborough Aviation Authority, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, gives him insight and knowledge of government expectations and inner workings, allowing him to effectively and efficiently counsel clients on issues that arise from the ownership, operation, management, acquisition, leasing (NNN - triple net leases, gross leases, build-to-suit), restrictive covenants, easements, and sale of residential, commercial, and undeveloped property.

Brian is a third generation Hillsborough County native with deep ties across the Tampa Bay community. He started and led a nonprofit focused on improving the Tampa Bay region’s transportation issues and has been recognized for his work as an attorney and in the community by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Florida Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Trend magazine, Creative Loafing, and the Tampa Bay Times.

Brian’s wife is a family physician with a large, local medical group. Outside of work, they enjoy travelling and hiking with their daughter.   

Media Appearances

Representative Matters

  • Handling statewide litigation for publicly traded REIT over issues such as tenants’ unpaid rent, CAM, maintenance, and Reciprocal Easement Agreements (REAs).
  • Defending regional restaurant chain in litigation and negotiating early termination of lease, guaranty, and sale of FFE on favorable terms.
  • Advising physicians group during dissolution of partnership and successful appraisal and buyout of the practice’s real estate assets.
  • Representing developer through the acquisition of distressed assets and establishing new master association and condominium.
  • Successfully defending against attempt to terminate an unrecorded easement covering access rights between adjacent office and retail properties.


  • Tampa Bay Business Journal, Up & Comer Award, 2010
  • Florida Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Florida Trend Magazine People To Watch, April, 2013

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA)
  • Connect Tampa Bay, past President and Co-Founder
  • Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Vice Chair - Citizen Advisory Committee
  • Downtown Partnership, Transportation Committee
  • The Spring of Tampa Bay, Development Council, 2012-2013
  • Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Board Member, 2013-2014
  • Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, Citizen Advisory Committee, 2010-2012
  • St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, toy delivery
  • Sulpher Springs Community Garden Project
  • Plant High School, Guest Speaker

News Releases

06.18.2018Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2018 Florida Super Lawyers and 2018 Florida Rising Stars
01.18.2018Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Announces Five New Partners
06.08.2017Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2017 Florida Super Lawyers® and 2017 Florida Rising Stars
02.13.2017Brian C. Willis Spoke at American Bar Association Mid-Year Conference
06.09.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2016 Florida Super Lawyers and 2016 Florida Rising Stars
10.13.2015Brian C. Willis Discusses Small Town Urbanism at Pecha Kucha Night Tampa Bay
10.08.2015Brian C. Willis Guest Speaker at Tampa's Urban Core Board Member Roundtable
06.12.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and 2015 Florida Rising Stars
02.20.2015Brian C. Willis Panelist at Tampa Bay Startup Week
02.05.2015Brian C. Willis Vice-Chair of Metropolitan Planning Organization's Citizen Advisory Committee
06.20.2014Kathleen G. Reres and Brian C. Willis Spoke to Leto High School Students
06.16.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers and 2014 Florida Rising Stars
06.11.2014Hillsborough County Aviation Authority Appoints Brian C. Willis to Metropolitan Planning Organization's Citizen Advisory Committee
05.13.2014Brian C. Willis Panelist at 83 Degrees Media Not Your Average Speaker Series
03.10.2014Brian C. Willis Elected Secretary of the Board of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
01.28.2014Brian C. Willis Selected as NLC Fellow
11.07.2013Brian C. Willis Speaks About Transportation Developments at Insight Tampa
06.13.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2013 Florida Super Lawyers and 2013 Florida Rising Stars
05.14.2013Brian C. Willis Guest Speaker at Ignite Tampa Bay
04.22.2013Brian C. Willis Guest Speaker at NAIOP Meeting
03.20.2013Brian C. Willis Spoke at 17th Annual Downtown Development Forum
01.28.2013Brian C. Willis Co-Founder and President of Connect Tampa Bay
12.11.2012Brian C. Willis Elected to the Board of Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
05.14.2012Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Assist in Effort to Save Tampa Bay’s Friendship Trail Bridge
02.28.2012Brian C. Willis Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP


July/August 2017"Resolving Disputes by Expert Determination: What Happens When Parties Select Appraisers, Accountants, or Other Technical Experts to Decide Disputes," The Florida Bar Journal (Vol. 91, No. 7)
July/August 2017"Holdover Tenants: Managing End of Lease Liability," HCBA Lawyer magazine
09.20.2012"Prejudgment Attachments and Fraudulent Conveyance Claims in Fidelity Litigation: Securing Assets Prior to Judgment-East of the Mississippi"
2012"2012 Update on the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure"
12.01.2011"Common Sense Tips to Avoid Financial Loss - Community Update"
06.01.2010"Hillsborough County Transit Referendum: Market Minute Update – Net Lease Commercial Advisory"
06.01.2010"Transit Talk: What will transit bring?" – Urban Charrette

Events and Presentations

06.14.2013Brian C. Willis on "Florida Matters" for WUSF
04.16.2013"Transportation Options for Tampa Bay," NAIOP Tampa Bay Watch
08.14.2012Employment Law Update: For Executives, Managers, Business Owners and Human Resources Professionals
01.01.2012"Legal Analysis of Florida Supreme Court High Speed Rail Lawsuit," WTSP Channel 10
01.01.2012"TBARTA: A Connected Region for Our Future," Tampa Interbay Rotary and South Tampa Chamber of Commerce
01.01.2010"Florida Rules of Civil Procedure Update 2010," National Business Institute & West LegalEd Center

Alternate biographies



  • J.D., George Washington University, 2007
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Florida State University, 2004

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Florida
  • District of Columbia
  • United States District Court Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court Southern District of Florida