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Fort Myers Partner, Steven C. Hartsell Appointed Chair of Urban Land Institute, Southwest Florida District

Fort Myers Partner, Steven C. Hartsell Appointed Chair of Urban Land Institute, Southwest Florida District

Pavese Law Firm is pleased to announce Steven C. Hartsell has been named chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Southwest Florida District Council. Hartsell assumes the role of chair effective July 1. ULI is a nonprofit research and education organization representing land use and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service. A multidisciplinary real estate forum, ULI facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places.

Hartsell graduated from Dickinson College with a bachelor’s degree in 1975 and Florida State University College of Law in 1980. He was a member of the FSU Law Review from 1979-1980. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1980, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, in 1982, and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1986.

Hartsell joined Pavese Law Firm in Fort Myers, Florida, in 1986 and became a partner in the firm in 1990. Prior to joining Pavese Law Firm, Hartsell served as an Assistant Public Defender in Lee County, Florida, from August, 1980-1983, and then as an Assistant Lee County Attorney from 1983-1986, advising county departments and the Board of County Commissioners with regard to various zoning and land use related matters.

Hartsell concentrates his practice in Zoning, Land Use and Development Law as well as Local Government Administrative Law matters, representing clients in administrative matters before city and county commissions, councils and boards in hearings throughout Southwest and Central Florida. His practice also includes representation in comprehensive plan amendments, developments of regional impact and code enforcement matters, and he has served in cases as a Florida Land Use and Environmental Dispute Resolution Act Special Magistrate.

Hartsell was the contributing author of Chapter 120: Dedications, in the Matthew Bender treatise Florida Real Estate Transactions (1989, and updated in 1995). He is a Past-President of the Real Estate Investment Society, a member the Lee County Bar Association, has served in the past as the Chairman of the Florida Bar 20th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee 20D, and taught Real Estate Licensure Law as an adjunct professor at Florida Gulf Coast University from 2011-2014. Hartsell is also an active member in his church, First Assembly of God of Fort Myers, as a Sunday School teacher, and volunteers as Legal Advisor to the Church Council.

He has achieved the preeminent AV Rating for legal ability and ethics from Martindale-Hubbell.