James E. L. Seay

James E. L. Seay


James E.L. Seay is a partner in Holland & Knight's Orlando office. Mr. Seay practices in the area of commercial real estate law, with particular emphasis on the representation of developers of commercial, mixed-use and residential projects, and acquisition and disposition of income-producing properties. Mr. Seay's broad experience includes multistate financings of real estate projects, tax deferred exchanges, sale and purchase of agricultural property; acquisition, financings and sale of restaurants; and acquisition, financings, and sale of office and industrial properties, residential subdivisions, apartment complexes and shopping centers.

Mr. Seay is a former member of the Directors Committee for the firm. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Seay served as a member of the Judge Advocate Division of the United States Marine Corps.


  • 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
  • Corporate Philanthropist of the Year, Orlando Business Journal, 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Real Estate Law, 1999-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year, 2015
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Real Estate, 2009-2019
  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All-Star, 2014, 2017 
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2019
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, May 2009
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated