Greenberg Traurig, P.A. is growing its Tallahassee office, adding commercial real estate lawyer Jason Merritt to the team.
Merritt will work with the firm’s public finance team on the disposition and sale of real estate assets to resolve distressed or defaulted publicly financed bond projects, according to a statement from the firm. He has previously worked with clients in commercial real estate in Florida, Kentucky and California, as well as advised municipalities and public boards in Central Florida.
A Florida native and member of the Florida Bar, Merritt earned his law degree at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He received his undergraduate degree at Florida State University.
His hiring marks the second addition to the firm in that area in the past year. The firm hired Brian Crumbaker, another lawyer who has experience in landowner bankruptcies, foreclosures and restructurings, in March. Crumbaker is also a former colleague to Merritt, as the two were both former shareholders of Hopping Green & Sams, a Tallahassee law firm that closed in November.
David Ashburn, the managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Tallahassee office, said Merritt’s addition will strengthen their firm in several areas.
“We are confident his experience in handling complex real estate transactions, his client-service approach, and commitment to excellence will complement and enhance our strong and growing team,” Ashburn said.
Greenberg Traurig’s Tallahassee office has been open for more than 20 years, and is one of the firm’s 40 global locations.
The firm employs more than 2,300 lawyers.