Five real estate lawyers leave one Tampa Bay law firm for a rival

Published Aug. 1, 2018

TAMPA -- With the real estate market on a roll, a Tampa-based law firm has added five new attorneys -- all from a competing firm.

Joining Trenam Law from Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick are C. Graham Carothers, Jr., Timothy M. Hughes, Gregory-Scott R. Haney, Cate Wells, and Mathew S. Poling . Poling joins as an associate and the other four as shareholders.

"The Tampa Bay area real estate and development markets are booming,'' said Marie Tomassi, Trenam's managing shareholder. "These attorneys...will add to our existing group of talented attorneys who practice in real estate, development, and land use and zoning. They also bring a new, highly relevant practice area to Trenam – a solar law practice."

Hughes launched and led a solar practice group at Shumaker that included all five attorneys joining Trenam. He has been "at the forefront of Florida's emerging solar market, particularly in areas of identifying and acquiring suitable project sites and advising clients on legal and regulatory constraints unique to solar development in Florida,'' Trenam said in a release.

Among other practice areas, Carothers, Haney and Poling represent clients in commercial real estate transactions involving office, medical, retail, residential, agricultural and vacant properties. Wells' practice focuses in part on alcohol beverage regulations.

Poling will work out of Trenam's Tampa office, Wells will work out of both Tampa and St. Petersburg and the others will be based in St. Petersburg.

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