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Lowndes Webinar Series - Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis: Landlord/Tenant Issues

April 16, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many distressed tenants are requesting rent relief, and in some cases, lease terminations. A lease workout may be beneficial for both landlords and tenants. This webinar discusses the considerations that both landlords and tenants should take into account when negotiating an amended agreement.

Topics: 

  • Current status of Florida courts concerning landlord/tenant disputes
  • Lease workout considerations
  • Lease avoidance issues
  • Credit and lendor concerns 
Speakers:


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Ronald

Ronny Edwards focuses his practice on complex business, banking, contract, and real property litigation. With an education that combines both accounting and law, he brings a valuable perspective to matters that require an understanding of financial statements, such as business transactions gone wrong, national and state banking matters, shareholder/partner disputes, fraudulent transfer claims and complex damages analyses. Ronny understands that legal problems are first and foremost business problems and counsels clients from both a business and legal perspective before, during and after litigation. In those situations where a business solution is not achievable, Ronny’s extensive courtroom experience allows him to aggressively and effectively represent his clients’ interests. 

In his practice, Ronny regularly represents national and state banks, developers, commercial landlords, business owners, franchisors and franchisees in a variety of litigation matters. He also has significant experience litigating dealer supply agreements and handling other issues in the fuel and convenience store industry, and with domesticating out-of-state and out-of-country judgments in the State of Florida. Other clients include professional athletes and professional sports organizations.  

Ronny is an accomplished litigator who handles a broad variety of high-stakes cases at the trial and appellate levels throughout the State of Florida.  He has served as lead trial counsel on bench trials, jury trials and arbitrations, and as lead appellate counsel in a number of appeals.  

When he is not in the office, Ronny enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and squeezing in a game of golf. 

Timothy

Tim Miedona’s practice focuses on commercial leasing, real estate transactions, development and finance, and corporate and securities.


As co-chair of the firm’s Commercial Leasing Group, Tim routinely represents commercial landlords and tenants in the negotiation of their commercial leases and in commercial lease workouts. Illustrative client work includes:

  • Representing a publicly traded multi-billion dollar national real estate investment company in connection with its commercial real estate transactions, including acquisition, development, financing, disposition and leasing of commercial properties;
  • Representing an international restaurant, hospitality and retail company in connection with its acquisition, development, branding and leasing of its sites;
  • Representing numerous regional real estate development companies in connection with the development and leasing of their office, medical, and retail properties; and
  • Representing local businesses in connection with their corporate and real estate matters.

Tim is also active in the firm’s pro bono practice, assisting with legal representation, fundraising activities, day-to-day operations, and promotion for animal rights for A New Beginning Pet Care and Rescue Group.

Michael

Mike Provenzale is a shareholder in the Creditors’ Rights Group, representing institutional and private lenders in commercial loan foreclosure and other collection lawsuits, receiverships, workouts, bankruptcies, and REO dispositions throughout the state. His litigation practice also includes business, real estate, and condominium litigation.

Additionally, Mike has experience in the area of Real Estate Transactions, Development and Finance, where he has represented a myriad of private and public clients in connection with the leasing, financing, acquisition, and disposition of commercial real estate, and has published several articles on current creditors’ rights and real estate issues.

James

James Walson represents title insurance companies, commercial landlords, property owners, buyers and lenders throughout Florida – in both transactional and litigation real estate matters. 


James Walson’s passion for advocacy began at an early age through watching his father, Pete, serve as a City Commissioner in Stuart, Florida and continued through high school and college as an award-winning debater. Today, Jamie, as he is called by clients and friends, is a real estate lawyer representing title insurance companies, commercial landlords, property owners, buyers and lenders throughout Florida – in both transactional and litigation matters. He has negotiated commercial leases, purchase and sale agreements for retail space, office buildings and medical offices.

Many clients turn to Jamie for his real property litigation experience as well. He has litigated matters involving contracts, title insurance liability, commercial landlord / tenant matters, easements, fraud, deed warranties, boundary disputes, adverse possession, lien priority and access rights. In addition, he has conducted appeals before the Second District Court of Appeal and the Fifth District Court of Appeal.

A fan of – and participant in – improvisational theater, Jamie counts on his humor in navigating difficult negotiations and litigation.  He is an avid golfer, is on the board of the First Tee of Central Florida, and is a father to three boys.

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