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Fred F. Harris

Fred F. Harris focuses his practice on structuring and documenting complex business transactions, including those for renewable energy projects, public-private partnerships, taxation, corporate and dispute resolution. Key clients include Amicus Investors, LLC. Citizen Property Insurance Company, Florida State University Research Foundation, National Solar Power Partners, MBF Family Investments, Ltd., Panacea Oyster Co-op Corporation, Capstone Real Estate Investors, LLC.

Fred has a .580 lifetime Batting Average.

Concentrations

  • Structuring complex corporate and business transactions
  • Drafting and reviewing transactional documents
  • P3 transactions
  • Renewable energy projects
  • Tax litigation
  • Municipal finance
  • Dispute resolution
  • Blockchain/cryptocurrency

Capabilities

Experience

  • Florida counsel for the $2.5 billion I-4 expansion through Orlando
  • General Counsel to National Solar Power Partners, LLC.
  • General Counsel for Full Earth Farm, a commercial organic farm powered by solar energy generated on the farm.
  • Collected $270 million in 2006 in a tax refund case for the Florida Windstorm Underwriters Association (now Citizens Property Insurance Corporation).
  • Collected $230 million in 2002 in a tax refund case for the Florida Residential Property and Casualty Joint Underwriting Association (now Citizens Property Insurance Corporation).
  • Handles multimillion-dollar transactions, ranging from public financing to mergers and acquisitions.
  • Has served as bond and underwriter's counsel for many issuances of tax-exempt bonds by Florida community development districts.
  • Assisted the first licensed sellers of a medical marijuana in Florida as to regulatory and corporate matters; and represents two purchasers of medical marijuana licenses in the state as to such matters.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Tax Law; Public Finance law, 2010-2020
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Corporate Law, Tallahassee, 2014
  • Member, Winning Team, "North American Transport Deal of the Year," IJ Global Americas Awards, for the Interstate I-4 expansion in Orlando, 2014
  • Team Member, Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of "America’s Best Corporate Law Firms," 13th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013
  • Listed, Florida Super Lawyers, 2006, 2009
  • Recognized, Bond Buyer Red Book, "Bond Counsel"
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Chairman, Tallahassee Friends of the Library Endowment Trust
  • Board Member, Community Foundation of North Florida
  • President, Mind, Body & Spirit, Inc.
  • Vice President and Co-Founder of Truthseekers, Inc.
  • Former Chair, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Cancer Center Ride for Hope
  • Former Commissioner, Winthrop Park Little League Association
  • Former President, Tallahassee Habitat for Humanity

Credentials

Education
  • LL.M., Taxation, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1979
  • J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 1978
    • Member, Stetson Law Review and author of an article entitled: "State Taxation of Income Earned Beyond Its Borders: Allocation and Apportionment of Unitary Business Income in Florida."
  • B.A., Auburn University, 1975
Admissions
  • Florida
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Tax Court