James E. L. Seay

James E. L. Seay


James E.L. Seay is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Orlando office. Mr. Seay's experience includes the drafting of documentation for complex joint ventures to acquire and develop apartment projects, office buildings, assisted living facilities, shopping centers and hotels. He has also represented a Class I railroad in rail line dispositions, including for the establishment of a metropolitan commuter rail line. He has represented several publicly traded and privately owned single-family homebuilders in connection with the acquisition of land for subdivision development, joint ventures among builders and the sale of operating divisions. Mr. Seay is currently representing investors in connection with the development of a "smart city," including project structure and documentation.


  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D.
  • United States Naval Academy, B.S., with honors
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
  • Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force, Executive Committee, Founding Member
  • United Arts of Central Florida, former Director
  • United Arts of Central Florida, former Chairman, Board of Directors
  • Orlando Science Center, former Trustee and Chairman, Board of Directors
  • Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, former Member, Corporate Council
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
  • Leadership Orlando
  • University of Florida Law Review, Executive Editor
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Real Estate Law, 1999-2022
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Real Estate, 2009-2021
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2020
  • Corporate Philanthropist of the Year, Orlando Business Journal, 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year, 2015
  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All-Star, 2014, 2017 
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, May 2009
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated