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Timothy M. Hughes

Bank of America Plaza
101 E. Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 2800
Tampa, FL 33602
240 South Pineapple Avenue
10th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236


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Timothy M. Hughes' primary areas of practice are: commercial real estate transactions; land development; zoning, planning and land use; agribusiness and cooperatives; and commercial leasing.

Tim has extensive experience representing buyers, sellers, investors, developers and lenders in a broad range of commercial real estate transactions, land development and land use matters ranging from the purchase and sale of large-scale assemblages of agricultural lands and the development of utility-scale solar power generation facilities (i.e., solar farms), to the purchase and sale of regional shopping centers and retail neighborhood centers to planned residential communities, multi-family housing projects, office buildings, industrial/warehouse centers, medical facilities, golf courses and commercial out parcel sites, and assisting clients with the financing transactions associated with each. Tim's representation typically begins with site/project due diligence, contract negotiation and preparation and the handling of all aspects of land acquisition, including the issuance of title insurance, and continues with the procurement of land use approvals and entitlements such as water use/restoration permitting, rezonings, comprehensive plan amendments, transfers of development rights, wetzoning, concurrency approvals, commercial site plan applications and subdivision plats, as well as the planning and preparation of project governance documents. Tim also has broad experience representing agricultural, retail, office, and industrial landlords and tenants in commercial leasing matters including lease negotiation and preparation, landlord/tenant disputes, applications for ad valorem tax exemptions and ad valorem tax appeals. In addition, Tim has extensive experience representing governmental clients in negotiating contracts and providing general legal advice and counseling on matters such as the Sunshine Law and Public Records Law.

Media Mentions


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar, Development & Governmental Regulation of Real Estate Committee; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section; Environmental and Land Use Law Section; and Administrative Law Section
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association, Real Property Committee
  • The Florida Bar Journal, former member Editorial Board (2001-2004)
  • Florida Bar News, former member Editorial Board (2001-2004)
  • St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Public Policy Committee; Downtown Waterfront Master Plan Task Force
  • St. Paul Catholic School Dad's Club, Executive Board Member
  • Urban Land Institute
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Tampa Bay Partnership/CEO Direct Program (Class of 2013)
  • Leadership Tampa Bay (Class of 2008)
  • PARC, Inc., Board of Directors (2015 - present)

News Releases


09.06.2016Solar Industry Update: "You Should Assume You Are Going to Lose Power and Hope That You Don’t."
08.31.2016Solar Industry Update: Clearing the Path for More Solar in the Sunshine State
08.15.2016Solar Industry Update:  What’s on the Back of My Ballot? What Amendment 4 Is All About
11.01.2007"Expedited Comprehensive Plan Amendments in Urban Areas - A Pilot Program," The Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer (Magazine) Vol. 18, No. 3
10.01.2007"House Bill 7203:  Growth Management Reform – Fixing the Glitches, Pipelining, Streamlining and Other Evolutional Changes," Florida Bar Journal Vol. 81, No. 9
10.01.2007"Reduced State Review of Comprehensive Plan Amendments in Urban Areas – A Pilot Program," Paraclete (St. Petersburg Bar Association Magazine)
09.01.2007"Concurrency and DRI Reforms of House Bill 7203: A Legislative Update," ActionLine Vol. XXIX, No. 1
1998"U.S. v. Scheffer: What is Left of the Polygraph in Criminal Trials?" 10 St. Thomas L. Rev. 653

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Alternate biographies




  • J.D., St. Thomas University School of Law, 1999
    Managing Editor - St. Thomas Law Review (1998-1999); Articles Editor - St. Thomas Law Review (1997-1998)
  • B.A., University of South Florida, Vice President and Treasurer - Legalis Society (1994-1996), 1996

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Florida, 1999