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Lowndes Attorneys Hal Kantor and Quino Martinez Named to Florida Trend's 2022 Legal Elite

July 11, 2022

Orlando, FL - Lowndes is pleased to announce that Hal Kantor (Environmental & Land Use) and Joaquin “Quino” Martinez (Real Estate) were recently recognized in the 2022 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™. Additionally, Kantor was once again named to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame, which recognizes a distinguished group of attorneys who have been named as Legal Elite every year for the past decade.

The Florida Legal Elites are the most prestigious lawyers practicing in Florida, according to Florida Trend, and the winner list includes less than 1.5% of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida. The nomination process is open to all in-state members of the Florida Bar who are invited to name attorneys whom they highly regard or would recommend to others.

Founded in Orlando, Florida in 1969, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., is a multi-discipline business law firm. Our attorneys represent corporate, entrepreneurial and individual clients across a myriad of industries locally, nationally and beyond our borders, from offices in Orlando, Mount Dora and Melbourne, and through Meritas, an established global alliance of independent law firms offering local insight, local rates and world-class client service. LOCAL ROOTS. BROAD REACH.SM


Hal

Recognized as one of the “Must-Know Contacts” by Florida Trend, Hal Kantor has long been a leader in the firm’s Land Use, Zoning & Environmental and Real Estate Groups. He has been advising local, national and international clients in the areas of land use approvals, real estate transactions and finance since 1972.

Specifically, Hal concentrates on land use, zoning and environmental, developments of regional impact, land use and property rights litigation, administrative law, real estate transactions, development and finance, environmental law, hotel and resort development, golf course redevelopment, and timeshare services. He has represented private and public sector clients for a wide array of land use approvals throughout Central Florida, including serving as lead counsel on more than 50 developments of regional impact.

Hal has also served as special counsel for several municipalities including lead counsel on such projects as the Orlando Downtown DRI and the Orlando Arena DRI.

He devotes much of his personal time to arts and cultural organizations, having served as chairman of the board for WMFE/90.7 Public Broadcasting, the Orlando Museum of Art, and United Arts. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Tree of Life Award, among others.


"Hal Kantor has a longstanding reputation in the Florida market. He draws on his vast experience to counsel clients on land use, zoning and environmental matters. 'Hal Kantor is THE zoning and land use lawyer in Orlando.'" - Chambers USA 2022*


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Joaquin

Quino Martinez concentrates his practice on commercial leasing and real estate investment, development and financing. He represents public and private real estate investors, developers, property management companies, brokerage firms and national lenders, as well as non-profits. 


Being the third generation in his family to be named Joaquin, his parents distinguished him from his father and grandfather by calling him Quino (pronounced “key-no”). Having his name constantly mispronounced doesn’t bother Quino. His clients get it right, and even more significantly, they respect that he gets their business right. No trite statements here; just the facts: Quino cares deeply about his clients, their businesses and their families.

His clients include public and private real estate investors, developers, property management companies, brokerage firms, and, from time to time, non-profits. Quino has represented these entities in the acquisition, financing, development and disposition of multifamily developments, industrial properties, office buildings, shopping centers, restaurants, hotels, golf courses and other resort related developments, retirement communities and vacant land. He has also represented national lending institutions in connection with commercial loan transactions, workouts and loan restructuring.

Whether focusing on commercial leasing, real estate investment and development or financing, Quino takes “ownership” of his clients’ transactions. Described by his clients as a deal-maker, Quino and his team work hard to ensure that their deals close in a timely manner and that their clients’ objectives are met. Qualities honed by his Jesuit education – integrity, initiative in service of others, patience, persistence and excellent communication – have endeared him to clients and colleagues alike. Those same traits afforded him leadership roles with the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia, the City of Orlando Board of Zoning Adjustment and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando. He also initiated a community partnership and sustained mentoring program between Lowndes and the FAMU College of Law.

Licensed to practice law in Florida, Georgia and Texas, Quino is proud to be connected to each of those states (but particularly the Lone Star State), and routinely assists clients in matters in each locale. Mostly, he is proud of his deep relationships with his clients and colleagues – who have no trouble pronouncing his name.

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