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City of Ocoee

City of Ocoee

The history of the City of Ocoee is the stuff of movies, filled with adventure, intrigue and a very happy ending…the establishment of a vibrant city with a thriving residential and business community making it an ideal place to live, raise a family and grow a business.

Founded in the mid 1850s, the settlement of Ocoee began when Dr. J. D. Starke established a village known as Starke Lake situated on the crystal clear and therapeutic body of water of the same name. After the Civil War, confederate soldiers and their families founded the town of Ocoee and gave the town its Indian name, which means “wild apricot vine place,” better known as “passion flower place.”

Over the years to come, as Central Florida and Orlando continued to grow and expand, the City of Ocoee fortuitously found itself perfectly situated in the heart of Southwest Orange County. With the construction of the Florida Turnpike, the East/West Expressway and State Road 50, soon all roads were leading to Ocoee, fueling the community’s residential and business development. This economic expansion, combined with the natural appeal of the piney landscape dotted with beautiful lakes and parks around every corner, contributed to the residential draw that continues to create thriving neighborhoods today.

Ocoee residents regularly come together for activities such as food truck events, farmers’ markets, parades and festivals, all organized by the City of Ocoee. And to pay homage to Dr. Starke and the city’s earliest settlers, the city established a Founders’ Day Festival 19 years ago that has grow into a two-day celebration that is highly anticipated and enjoyed by thousands of Central Floridians. This year’s event, to be held November 2-3, 2012, is expected to be the largest event ever, www.ocoeefoundersfestival.org.

ShuffieldLowman is proud to have been selected by the City Commission of the City of Ocoee to represent the City in all legal matters. Scott A. Cookson has been designated City Attorney for this representation and Robin Gibson Drage has been designated Chief Assistant City Attorney. We would like to specifically thank the current City Commission for their dedication to the City and in entrusting our firm with this representation: Mayor Scott Vandergrift (elected City-wide), Commissioner Gary Hood (District 1), Commissioner Rosemary Wilsen (District 2), Commissioner Rusty Johnson (District 3) and Commissioner Joel Keller (District 4).

The firm manages all legal needs of the city, spanning a wide variety of topics, including the drafting of ordinances, resolutions and agreements, bond financing, redevelopment, litigation, real estate, annexations, rezonings and land development issues and matters.

ShuffieldLowman Welcomes Mark Wisniewski

ShuffieldLowman Welcomes Mark Wisniewski

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Mark Wisniewski joins ShuffieldLowman as an associate attorney bringing solid experience in corporate and tax law. Some of his primary practice areas will include federal tax planning involving the use of closely held partnerships, corporations, and limited liability companies. He also will handle corporate transactional work, including mergers and acquisitions, as well as client restructuring of family business entities for estate planning purposes.

Wisniewski earned his law degrees (J.D. with Honors, 1997) and his LL.M in Taxation, (2002) from University of Miami School of Law, and his undergraduate degree (B.A. with honors, 1994) from State University of New York College at Purchase. He joins ShuffieldLowman from Comiter, Singer Baseman & Braun, LLP in Palm Beach County Florida.

Articles that he has written for The Florida Bar Tax Section Bulletin include, “Recognition of Discharge of Indebtedness Income Where a Partnership Transfers a Partnership Interest to a Creditor in Satisfaction of its Debt” and “The Reverse Freeze: Disposing of a Preferred Partnership Interest and Retaining the Common Partnership Interest.”

Shuffield, Lowman & Wilson, P.A. located downtown Orlando in the Gateway Center building, and in the heart of Lake County’s Downtown Tavares, is a full service law firm practicing in the areas of corporate law, securities, banking & finance, bankruptcy & creditors rights, land use & government law, real estate, commercial and civil litigation, labor and employment, health law, immigration, estate planning and probate, guardianship & elder law, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, patent licensing, trademarks & copyrights, tax law, planning for high net worth families with closely held businesses, and environmental law.

ShuffieldLowman Welcomes Attorney John P. Junod

ShuffieldLowman Welcomes Attorney John P. Junod

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – John Junod joins ShuffieldLowman, bringing a great deal of experience as a transactional attorney focused on real estate matters, primarily through representation of homebuilders and developers. Prior to joining the firm, he provided multi-state legal support to a Fortune 500 company, which included assisting in implementation of corporate policies and procedures on a broad level, and performing contract review of property acquisition for residential developments across the eastern U.S.

Among many other real estate transactional legal roles, he has represented clients in the areas of due diligence matters, plat review, title review and the drafting of homeowners association and closing documents. Junod also has a high level of experience performing closings, as well as in the legal aspects of large real estate acquisitions and related matters.

Junod earned his law degree (J.D., 2000) from University of Florida College of Law, and his undergraduate degree (B.A. with honors, 1996) from University of Florida. He is a member of the Orange County Bar Association.

Shuffield, Lowman & Wilson, P.A. located downtown Orlando in the Gateway Center building, and in the heart of Lake County’s Downtown Tavares, is a full service law firm practicing in the areas of corporate law, securities, banking & finance, bankruptcy & creditors rights, land use & government law, real estate, commercial and civil litigation, labor and employment, health law, immigration, estate planning and probate, guardianship & elder law, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, patent licensing, trademarks & copyrights, tax law, planning for high net worth families with closely held businesses, and environmental law.