Experienced Real Estate Representation


Robert J. Stanz

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Practice Areas:

  • Real Estate
  • Florida Land Use Team
  • Government - State and Local
  • Retail Real Estate Development
  • Timeshare and Resort Development


Robert J. Stanz practices in the area of real property law, with special emphasis on land use and development, commercial and residential transactions and mortgage law. He has significant experience with zoning, land development regulations, lending, leasing and has served as claim's counsel for various title companies. Mr. Stanz has represented real estate developers, property owners and energy companies in complex land use matters.

Mr. Stanz has considerable experience regarding the permitting, purchase, sale and leasing of communications towers, as well as Florida timeshare law and property owners' associations. He has represented members of the communications, phosphate, timber and energy industries throughout the State of Florida. Mr. Stanz' local government experience includes work throughout the states of Florida and Kentucky, including representation of various municipal organizations, including cities and fire departments.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Stanz worked for Attorney's Title Insurance Fund, Inc. in Orlando, Florida, where he gained substantial expertise in Florida land title issues. He also practiced law in Kentucky and Indiana, with an emphasis on real property, probate and local government. Mr. Stanz is an Army veteran of "Operation Just Cause" in Panama and has served with distinction in both the Army and Army Reserve over the past twenty years. He currently serves as the Assistant Staff Judge Advocate for the 143rd Transportation Command in Orlando, Florida, and his duties include advising the unit commander and providing legal assistance to soldiers within the Command.

He is admitted to practice in Florida, Kentucky and Indiana, and is a member of the American Bar Association, Florida Bar Association and the Lakeland Bar Association. Mr. Stanz is a member of the Polk County Builders Association, the Florida Home Builders Association, the National Association of Home Builders and the Lakeland Realtors Association. He lives in Lakeland, Florida and currently serves on the board of directors of the Child Development Center of Polk County and Junior Achievement of West Central Florida (Polk County).

Mr. Stanz earned his B.S. magna cum laude and his M.S. from the University of Louisville. In 1997, he earned his J.D. from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.


  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1997
  • University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
    • M.S. - 1998
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
    • B.S. - 1993
    • Honors: magna cum laude

Bar Admission

  • Florida, 1999
  • Kentucky
  • Indiana

Published Works

  • 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)


  • 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
  • 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)

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Florida Green Building Coalition
  • JBoard of Directors, Junior Achievement and the Child Development Center
  • Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, Inc.

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Lakeland Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. Army Reserve, 143d Transportation Command, Orlando, Florida, Assistant Staff Judge Advocate
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Lakeland Bar Association, Board of Governors, Treasurer
  • Polk County Builders Association, Member
  • Kissimmee River Valley Sportsman Association
  • Leadership Lakeland – Class XXIII (Lakeland Chamber of Commerce)
  • Leadership Polk – Class III (Polk Vision)

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney