Stephen W. Snively is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Orlando office. Mr. Snively has extensive experience representing developers, owners, managers and mortgage lenders in a variety of commercial real estate projects, including retail centers, high-rise office buildings, apartment complexes, warehouse and industrial properties, residential developments, commercial condominiums and other unique projects, such as regional aquariums in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Myrtle Beach, S.C., and a prominent casino in downtown Las Vegas.

His practice has a particular focus on the representation of owners and property managers of retail properties across the country, including the negotiation and drafting of leases for urban projects, neighborhood shopping centers, big-box stores, restaurants and outparcels. As a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), he has written articles and made numerous presentations at its annual Shopping Center Law Conferences.

Mr. Snively's work with commercial real estate developers, investors and owners encompasses the negotiation and drafting of acquisition and development documents (purchase and sale agreements, development agreements, construction contracts, declarations of covenants etc.); documents for loans (acquisition, construction and refinance), leases; and reciprocal easement agreements. It also includes the issuance of title insurance, survey review, complex due diligence reviews, as well as the coordination of other Holland & Knight lawyers on highly specialized matters, such as environmental contamination, contested land-use entitlements, formation of commercial condominiums, construction contract defaults, loan foreclosures and bankruptcies. He has significant experience on both sides of commercial loan transactions, including the representation of banks, insurance companies and other institutional lenders with the closing and negotiated workout of complex commercial real estate loans.

In addition, Mr. Snively serves as Honorary Consul for The Republic of Namibia in the state of Florida and is available to assist businesses and philanthropic organizations with activities in Namibia. He established Scholarship for Namibia Inc. to provide scholarships to the students at Namibia University of Science and Technology seeking degrees in land surveying, planning and management to assist the government in its national resettlement effort.


  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Illinois, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
  • Illinois
Court Admissions
  • All State Courts in Illinois
  • All State Courts in Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • American Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), Central Florida Chapter
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • The Florida Bar
  • Illinois State Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Real Estate Law, 2013-2021
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Honorary Consul, Republic of Namibia
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2016
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, May 2009
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Who's Who in the Southeast
  • Who's Who In America
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Strategic Frameworks for Nonprofit Organizations, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, April 24, 2009
  • Excellence in Writing Award, Best Cutting Edge Article: Real Property, Probate & Property, American Bar Association, 1995


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