Pavese Law Firm partners, Christopher J. Shields, Steven C. Hartsell, and Neale Montgomery were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 28th edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Shields was selected in the practice area of Real Estate Law. Hartsell and Montgomery were selected in the practice areas of Environmental Law; and Land Use and Zoning Law. Additionally, Hartsell was recognized as the 2022 Fort Myers Land Use and Zoning Law “Lawyer of the Year.” Only a single lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with a “Lawyer of the Year” award.
Mr. Shields is Florida Bar Board Certified in both Real Estate Law and Condominium & Planned Development Law. His primary areas of focus are residential and commercial condominium, cooperative and homeowners’ association law, and he provides legal counsel to community associations throughout Southwest Florida. Mr. Shields joined Pavese Law Firm in 1984 and became a partner in 1990.
Mr. Hartsell is Florida Bar Board Certified in Condominium and Planned Development Law. He concentrates his practice in zoning, land use and development law as well as local government administrative law matters, representing clients in administrative matters before city and county commissions, councils and boards throughout Southwest Florida. Mr. Hartsell joined Pavese Law Firm in 1986 and became a partner in 1990.
Ms. Montgomery’s practice areas are land use, local government, environmental and water, and real estate law as well as local government administrative law matters, representing clients in a variety of development, entitlement and administrative matters before city and county bodies throughout Southwest Florida. She is involved with real estate development and permitting issues at the local, regional, state and federal level. Ms. Montgomery joined Pavese Law Firm in 1986 and became a partner in 1991.
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