Choosing a lawyer is an important decision and there are many factors to consider when making your choice.  While the cost of services is important, I am a firm believer in the old adage that “you get what you pay for.”   Quality legal work merits fair compensation, therefore I believe that my clients are entitled to effective and efficient representation for a reasonable fee.

You do not necessarily have to be involved with litigation (a lawsuit) to benefit from an attorney’s advice and counsel.   I find it to be ironic that folks will spend several hundred or even thousands of dollars on entertainment, but are hard pressed to consult an attorney before signing a document (real estate, loan, business, etc.) that will obligate them to over $100,000.00 of debt.  An attorney can protect you from costly mistakes, errors in the documents, errors in the figures and other problems that could lead to litigation or other expensive legal action.

Mission Statement:

 Our goal is to provide effective and reasonably priced legal services. My law firm is dedicated to helping people regardless of their means, regardless of their legal problem.

Robert J. Stanz Biography

Robert is a military veteran with over 21 years combined service in the Army and Army Reserve.   He attended undergraduate, graduate and law school at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, and has been a resident of Polk County since 1998.  Robert has Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville.  He graduated from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 1997.

A resident of Polk County since 1998; has served on the Board of Directors for charitable organizations, including Junior Achievement and the Child Development Center; formerly with Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, Inc. in Orlando and Holland & Knight LLP.  Robert has experience in corporate law, eminent domain, finance, land use and development, leasing, lending, litigation, municipal law, probate, real estate (commercial and residential) and zoning. Assists clients with asset protection, boundary disputes, business formation and operation, consumer credit, real estate development, estate planning, foreclosure, homeowners’ associations, municipal law, probate, real estate closings, subdivision of lands, title insurance and title claims.

Education:

  • University of Louisville, Bachelor of Science (1993) Magna Cum Laude
  • Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, Juris Doctor (1997)
  • University of Louisville, Master of Science (1998)

Member:

  • Florida Green Building Coalition
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Lakeland Bar Association (Board of Governors, Treasurer)
  • American Bar Association
  • Polk County Builders Association
  • Kissimmee River Valley Sportsman Association
  • Leadership Lakeland – Class XXIII  (Lakeland Chamber of Commerce)
  • Leadership Polk – Class III (Polk Vision)

Awards:

  • John C. Klotter Award for Academic Excellence (University of Louisville – 1993)
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono Champ (Lakeland Office – 2003)
  • Bronze Leadership Award  (Junior Achievement – 2006)
  • John Schneider Volunteer Award (Achievement Academy – 2007)

Military Awards and Badges:

  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • Army Good Conduct Medal
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal
  • Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
  • Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal
  • Airborne Badge
  • Expert Infantry Badge
  • Combat Infantry Badge

Publications:

  • Real Estate Closings A-Z:  Navigate Your Closings with Confidence (NBI, 2009)*
  • Residential Green Building, (HMS Continuing Legal Education, 2009)*
  • Mastering Land Use and Planning, (National Business Institute, 2008)*
  • Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use Law (National Business Institute, 2008)*
  • How to Obtain Good Title in Real Estate Transactions (National Business Institute, 2007)*
  • Real Estate Transactions Made Painless and Efficient (National Business Institute, 2007)*
  • Resolving Real Estate Title Defects (National Business Institute, 2007)*
  • Boundary Disputes:  Resolving Client Conflicts (National Business Institute, 2007)*
  • Improving Indoor Air Quality Through Green Building (IAQ, Vol. 3, Issue 2, April 2005)
  • High Performance Green Building: How to L.E.E.D. (Property Writes, Vol. 9, Issue 1, 2005)
  • Fundamentals of Real Estate Development (Sterling Education Services, Inc., 2005)*
  • The Essentials of Office and Retail Leases in Florida (National Business Institute, 2004)*
  • High Performance Green Building: Where Will It “L.E.E.D.?” (Property Writes, Vol. 8, Issue 3, 2004)

*Co-author/guest speaker