Adams and Reese LLP Partner John M. Dart has been named Partner in Charge of the firm’s Sarasota office. The firm has 12 Partners in Charge, one for each of its offices across the southern United States and Washington D.C. Dart is responsible for the overall administration of the Sarasota office, which includes 10 attorneys and 27 total staff.
Adams and Reese recently expanded into Florida, effective January 1, 2010, when the firm added two new offices, Sarasota and St. Petersburg, formerly with the Ft. Lauderdale-based law firm, Ruden McClosky. The addition of 23 attorneys in Florida increased Adams and Reese’s size to more than 280 lawyers in twelve offices in eleven markets.
“Having a well-defined vision and a long-term strategic plan was very attractive to us in our deliberations about our future direction,” said Dart about the Sarasota office joining Adams and Reese. “It will further enable us to add value to the services we provide our clients, with expanded areas of practice and experience in a broader geographic region.”
Practicing law for 37 years, Dart focuses on all phases of real property law including negotiation and drafting of commercial leases, option contracts, and purchase and sale agreements, the purchase and sale of going businesses, and representation of clients within the hospitality industry.
Dart has had significant experience in representing financial institutions in both asset-based and real estate commercial loan transactions, including working with both the client and the borrowers and their counsel to formulate situation specific approaches to structuring the loan relationship between the client and the borrower to meet needs of both parties.
He has been Board Certified in Real Estate Law by the Florida Bar since 1987. He has substantial experience in representing private country clubs, golf course owners and golf course resort owners and developers. In the course of this work, he has been engaged in substantial negotiations with the PGA Tour related to its tournament facilities.
In the community, Dart has participated in a large and ongoing number of volunteer efforts in many aspects of the Sarasota community, including commerce and economic development, human service agencies, governmental advisory committees, and professional organizations, while also maintaining a full law practice. This opportunity has afforded me a great appreciation for how the law dramatically affects people every day and how it can be harnessed to help others.
Dart has received the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Sarasota County Bar Association and the Chairmen’s Cup Award from the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. He is the past Chairman and a current board member of the Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence, Inc. (SCOPE). This organization brings together residents, business owners, government officials, and organizations to listen, learn and discuss issues that impact the quality of life in Sarasota. SCOPE is a resource for providing a fact-based picture of the Sarasota community through data reports and convening data-related community summits that promote discussion among diverse groups within the community, which lead to thoughtful community action.
He previously served as Chairman of Sarasota County COMPASS, guiding more than 300 volunteers in a county wide human services needs and resources assessment. This effort resulted in the formation of the Human Services Planning Association of Sarasota County for which he served as a founding Board member until its recent merger with SCOPE.