At a Glance
• Real Estate
• General Business
• J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1994, with honors, Phi Kappa Phi
• M.B.A., University of Florida, 1994, with honors
• B.B.A., Stetson University, 1989, cum laude
• U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP)
• Named to The Best Lawyers in America® for Real Estate Law (2013)
• AV® PreeminentTM rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
• Leadership Orlando
• American Bar Association
• The Florida Bar
• National Association of Industrial And Office Parks (NAIOP)
• Sustainable Development National Forum, Chairman Emeritus
• International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
• U.S. Green Building Council
• Florida Green Building Coalition
With more than eighteen years of experience in large firms, serving clients with a variety of business needs, Michael (Mike) W. McNatt offers you the insight he has gained from representing opposing interests in similar transactions. He has represented landlords and tenants, lenders and borrowers, purchasers and sellers, equity investors and developers, managers and owners, brokers and principals. He draws on his experience to serve you by addressing legitimate interests that the opposing party must protect and by minimizing the negotiation of issues that the opposing party can compromise. Mike’s clients, some of whom have relied on his advice for years, routinely involve him in their strategic decision making. Mike has a diverse client base, including REITs, syndicates, businesses, brokers, developers, and individual investors, giving him a depth of experience from which he can better serve your needs.
The recent economic challenges have highlighted Mike’s significant experience with distressed assets, including foreclosures, receiverships, workouts, and restructurings.
As a former commercial lender for a large bank, Mike brings years of deal-making experience from regularly advising commercial banks, other financial institutions, and private lenders, in the legal aspects of a broad range of financial transactions, including commercial lending, asset-based financing, real estate, corporate finance, workouts, and restructurings.
Mike also serves the general business needs of a broad range of corporate clients, from manufacturers and service providers to real estate investors and small businesses.
An avid speaker on real estate topics, Mike has appeared before groups sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers, Urban Land Institute, and the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks. Topics have ranged from sustainable development and green real estate issues to opportunities in distressed real estate. Mike has also authored many articles on these topics.
After working at large U.S. law firms and having weathered the recent recession, Mike decided that a boutique firm was a better platform for providing the flexibility and adaptability necessary to better serve the needs of his clients in the rapidly changing marketplace. Mike has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system, and was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of real estate law.
A lifelong Central Florida resident, Mike grew up in Orlando. His community involvement started early with active participation in the Boy Scouts; he reached the rank of Eagle Scout by the age of fifteen. He went on to attend Stetson University, from which he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration, with honors, in 1989, with a major in finance and a minor in information systems. While in college, Mike continued his community involvement through participation in student government, InterVarsity, and the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.
Mike started his career in commercial banking and then went on to graduate school at the University of Florida, from which he received his law degree and his master of business administration, both with honors, in 1994. Mike has lived in Manchester, England and Berlin, Germany and is conversant in German. Mike resides in Central Florida with his wife and children and continues to be involved in the community and in his church. He is a graduate of Leadership Orlando and was the first lawyer in Central Florida to attain the U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP). When not being a lawyer, husband, or dad, he likes to exercise (CrossFit), travel, read, and eat chocolate.