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R. James Robbins, Jr. - Shareholder

R. James Robbins, Jr.


University of Virginia, B.A., 1981, High Distinction
  • Phi Beta Kappa
Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1984, High Honors
  • Order of the Coif
  • Law and Contemporary Problems
    • Senior Editor 

Bar Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
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R. James Robbins, Jr. - Shareholder

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Jim is one of the founding attorneys of Hill Ward Henderson, and serves as the firm's Managing Shareholder and President. Jim's practice primarily involves business and real estate transactions. Jim has experience in a wide range of sophisticated commercial business and real estate matters, including land acquisition and development, mergers and acquisitions, leasing and financing transactions. He also regularly acts as outside general counsel to a variety of clients.

Jim has actively represented automobile dealerships, with a particular emphasis on dealership acquisitions and dispositions, as well as related real property transactions. Jim has represented a NYSE dealership group in the acquisition of a portfolio of 32 dealership properties with a purchase price in excess of $200 million.

Jim represents a number of significant owners of real estate, as well as national and local development entities in their real estate matters. Jim was the lead attorney on the sale of nearly 30,000 acres of real property located in Central Florida, one of the largest single land transfers in the state.  He also completed a sales transaction including more than 7,000 acres of citrus and related agricultural properties. Jim recently completed the sale of an approximate 1,000,000 square foot warehouse facility and has been very active in the acquisition and development of distribution facilities for a major internet retailer.

Jim is active in leadership positions with several of Tampa's civic, charitable and social organizations. He has served on the Boards of Directors of The Florida Aquarium, The Tampa Bay History Center, Jesuit High School, The Academy of the Holy Names, and Positive Coaching Alliance, Tampa Bay. Jim was also a long-time youth baseball coach.

Honors & Recognitions

  • AVPreeminent-Logo
  • 2017 Best Lawyer of the Year - Jim Robbins
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  • 93699 - Hill Ward Henderson
  • Jim Robbins
  • SL2018_gray

Professional Recognition

  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Leadership Tampa
    • Graduate
  • Best Lawyers in America (2006-2020)
    • 2019 Tampa Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year
    • 2017 Tampa Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers Business Edition (2013)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyer (2014-2020)
    • Real Estate
  • Florida Trend  Legal Elite (2008-2012, 2017)
  • Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2020)
  • Super Lawyers Business Edition (2013)

Community & Civic Affiliations

  • University of Virginia Jefferson Scholarship Selection Committee
    • Chair, Tampa Region
  • Tampa Bay History Center
    • Immediate Past Chair
    • Board of Trustees 
  • Tampa Bay History Center Foundation
    • Board of Trustees 
  • Jesuit High School of Tampa
    • Board of Trustees 
    • Chair of Finance Committee
  • Jesuit High School Foundation
  • Positive Coaching Alliance, Tampa Bay
    • Board of Directors

Professional Associations

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • American Bar Foundation
    • Life Fellow
  • American Bar Association
    • Business Section
    • Real Estate Section
    • Tax Section
  • The Florida Bar
    •  Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
      • Executive Council
      • Legislative Update Committee
        • Vice Chair

Publications & Presentations

  • "Ethics: Stay Up To Date So You Don't Stay Up Late", The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section Annual Legislative Update Program, July 2013.  
  • "Recent Amendments to Article 9 of the UCC." Presenter, The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section Annual Legislative Update Program, July 2012.
  • "Ethics in an Evolving Real Estate Marketplace." Presenter, The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section Annual Legislative Update Program, July 2011.

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