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Jackson H. Bowman IV

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St. Petersburg, FL
(877) 908-2800

Jackson Bowman is a partner in our Tampa Bay office. For nearly 20 years, Mr. Bowman’s professional career has involved real estate-related matters. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was a real estate appraiser and consultant. He holds the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute (inactive), and the CCIM designation from the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute. Mr. Bowman’s valuation knowledge and experience serve as true assets in the practices of eminent domain and property rights. Mr. Bowman has served as an adjunct professor at Stetson University College of Law, teaching Real Property Litigation, and he served on the Board of Directors of Signature Bank in St. Petersburg. He was chosen by his peers for inclusion in Florida Trend magazine’s “Legal Elite” in the field of eminent domain for 2007, and is named in Woodward White’s The Best Lawyers in America® for years 2007 and 2008.

Areas of Practice

Eminent Domain, Inverse Condemnation, Property Rights Litigation, Regulatory Takings

Prior Professional Experience
  • Experience in Florida’s circuit courts includes eminent domain, inverse condemnation, and land use litigation involving the excessive regulation of private property.
  • Represented private property owners in matters against:
    • Florida Department of Transportation
    • Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise
    • State Water Management Districts
    • Private Utility Companies
    • County and Local governments
    • School Boards
Notable Cases
  • Represented the owner in a taking of over 2,500 acres by the Southwest Florida Water Management District in Hillsborough County. The result was an award that was nearly double the District’s initial offer. The case involved complex land use issues that had to be litigated. Our representation resulted in a court order that enabled the owner to present evidence that there was a reasonable probability that the property could be rezoned. This ruling led to an enhancement of the highest and best use, and increased the value. Southwest Florida Water Management District v. J. Crayton Pruitt, et al.
  • Represented the owner of property located at the Northwest quadrant of State Road 80 and Interstate 75 in Lee County, in an inverse condemnation case where Lee County refused to rezone the property to enable development that was consistent with other similarly situated properties. The County purchased the property at a price that reflected the rezoning. Marvin Jackson Burges, Jr. v. Lee County.
  • Represented the owner of the Anheuser Busch Estate on St. Pete Beach in litigation against the City because it would not permit short-term rentals at the facility. The City issued a license enabling short-term rentals, and paid $100,000 to the owner. John R. DaSilva v. City of St. Pete Beach, Florida.
  • Represented the owner of a national, fast-food restaurant in a partial taking case that resulted in the loss of the restaurant’s front row of parking and adversely impacted the property’s access. The final award, which included business damages, was over three times the Department of Transportation’s initial offer. Department of Transportation v. McDonald’s Corporation.
  • Stetson University, J.D. 1998
  • The University of the South, B.A., 1985
  • Recognized in Florida Trend Magazine as one of Florida’s Legal Elite, 2007
  • Named in Woodward White’s The Best Lawyers in America® for years 2007 and 2008
Publications & Speeches
  • Adjunct professor, Stetson University College of Law, 2004-2005
  • Florida Real Estate Journal, “CRAs Put Property Rights Under Siege,” 2004; (Co-author)
  • CLE International Eminent Domain Seminar 2004, Co-Chair; Speaker Topic, “Ethics Dealing With Appraisal Expert Witnesses.”
  • Florida Association of Realtors Seminar 2004, Speaker Topic, “Private Property Rights.”
  • CLE International Appraisal of Real Estate, 2005, Chair.
  • CLE International, Eminent Domain SuperConference, 2005, Speaker
Community Involvement
  • Lawyers for Literacy program participant – St. Petersburg, 2007-2008
  • Anything having to do with the water
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