James J. Hoctor
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407-418-6254 Direct

Jim Hoctor is the chair of the firm’s Corporate and Securities practice section. With over 28 years of legal experience, Jim has extensive experience with the formation and reorganization of businesses as well as with helping clients purchase and sell businesses. Jim also has significant experience with a wide range of federal income tax issues relating to the formation, capitalization, restructuring and sale of business entities. Jim has experience in representing startup and early-stage companies both with respect to their capital raising efforts and legal issues relating to their operations. He also has experience representing investors in startup and early-stage companies. Jim represents and has represented companies in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, distributing, hospitality, senior living, real estate, home-building, contracting and professional services. Jim also has significant experience with helping clients structure, negotiate and document joint ventures for real estate investment and development as well as for operating businesses.


  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2006-2019
  • Listed in Legal 500 US as a Leading Attorney in Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts
  • Listed in Madison Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals
  • “Florida Legal Elite” 2006 Florida Trend Magazine
  • Recognized in Marquis Who’s Who
  • “Florida’s Top Lawyers” Florida Monthly Magazine


  • Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art, Inc., Board of Directors (2001-2011)


  • American Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar


  • The Florida Bar, 1990


  • Duke University School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1990)
  • University of Florida (M.S. in Accounting, 1986)
  • University of Florida (B.S. in Accounting, with highest honors, 1985)