Jonathan S Marcus

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Jonathan S. Marcus is a partner in Holland & Knight's Fort Lauderdale office. He has been practicing real estate law for over three decades and is chair of the firm's Residential and Master Planned Communities Team. His practice includes residential community and commercial acquisitions, sales and development. On behalf of buyers and sellers of real estate, he has been involved in billions of dollars worth of transactions.

Currently, Mr. Marcus represents many residential real estate developers – including several of the largest in the United States and South Florida – as well as large local, regional and national commercial developers in the negotiation and drafting of complex purchase and sale agreements, financing documents, assorted easements, license and use agreements, and the closings of such transactions. Mr. Marcus also represents a major national owner of distressed real estate owned (REO) properties in hundreds of transactions across the country in multiple jurisdictions. His experience also includes drafting and negotiating major lease agreements for retail and office use, on behalf of both landlords and tenants.

In addition, Mr. Marcus has significant experience in real estate lending representation that includes drafting and negotiating loan documents; closing hundreds of commercial real estate loans; and representing large institutional lenders in a wide variety of transactions ranging from acquisition, development, and construction loans including projects such as religious institutions, retail and commercial centers and residential developments.

Following his graduation from law school, Mr. Marcus served a judicial clerkship under United States Magistrate Charlene H. Sorrentino for the Southern District of Florida.

Honors & Awards

  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, Real Estate, 2014-2016, 2018 
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Real Estate Law, 2013-2019
  • Top Lawyer, South Florida Legal Guide, 2014, 2015
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2012, 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated


  • Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors; Real Estate Committee, Chairman
  • American Bar Association
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • City of Hollywood, former Community Development Advisory Board Member
  • City of Hollywood, former Planning and Zoning Advisory Board Member
  • Broward Housing Partnership, Board of Directors