The Power to Make Your Real Estate Project a Reality

We can show you how to get the most out real estate development or land use project.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help property owners navigate complex real estate development and entitlement projects and achieve best possible results.

We love helping people take control of their real estate matters.

There is nothing sweeter than a client saying we achieved their objectives, made life better, and solved their real estate problem.  It is the reason we get up, go to work everyday, and work tirelessly to deliver the best possible advice and service to our clients.  

Level the playing field.

Real estate regulations are a complex maze, full of interlocking pieces and real-world components. Almost all development / entitlement projects have a significant human component – aligning the will of government officials, staff members, neighbors and the needs of your project takes finesse, skill and experience. This is our craft. We bring the pieces together, paving the way to meet your real estate objectives.

Our Team

Seasoned Pros, Working for You

Joseph D. Ort

Attorney

Joe has negotiated, structured and closed hundreds of complex real estate transactions, leases, and projects. He has also successfully resolved hundreds of real estate related disputes and litigation actions.

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Joseph D. Ort

Joseph D. Ort

Attorney

Joe counsels clients through real estate related transactions and litigation matters. He has significant experience in sales and acquisitions, title, eminent domain, leasing, financing, joint ventures, restructuring and workouts, and litigation.

Joe is board certified in real estate by the Florida Bar. Less than 1% of Florida attorneys have achieved board certification in real estate. Joe has an AV rating from Martindale Hubble, the highest rating given to attorneys. He was selected for inclusion to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, and Florida Superlawyers, a distinction achieved by less than 3% of Florida attorneys.

Joe is dedicated to building a top-notch real estate firm providing extremely effective and efficient advice and counsel. 

Education

University of Florida, College of Business

– BA in Business Administration

Florida State University, College of Law

– JD, summa cum laude
– Trial Team
– Recipient, Judge John M. & Sally D. M. Kest Book Award in Professional Responsibility
– Recipient, Mary Jo Peed and Kevin Wood Book Award in Real Estate Finance

Practice Areas

– Acquisition & Disposition
– Financing
– Litigation
– Eviction
– Leasing
– Management
– Loan Workout
– Eminent Domain

D. Bradley Hester

Attorney

Brad has extensive experience in both commercial and residential real estate, as well as in the agri-business and financial services industries, with an emphasis on commercial real estate transactions, development and commercial lending.

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D. Bradley Hester

D. Bradley Hester

Attorney

Brad has extensive experience in both commercial and residential real estate, as well as in the agri-business and financial services industries, with an emphasis on commercial real estate transactions, eminent domain, development and commercial lending. Prior to attending law school, Brad obtained a BA in architectural design (1987) and an MBA (1990) from the University of Florida and, thereafter, was active in the Florida agriculture industry, managing a large family-owned dairy farm in his home town of Okeechobee, Florida, so he has a wide breadth of knowledge in many diverse areas.

Brad’s typical clients include buyers and sellers of commercial and residential properties, lenders and borrowers as to commercial real estate loans and agri-business loans, commercial and residential developers of planned unit development projects, shopping centers and office buildings, landlords and tenants in the negotiation and drafting of commercial leases, and property owners in eminent domain actions.

Brad remains involved in the Florida agriculture industry through his involvement in the Wedgworth Leadership Institute (Advisory Council Member; WLI Alumni Association Member/Class II).

Education

University of Florida

– BA – Architectural Design (1987)

University of Florida

– MBA (1990)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, College of Law

– JD (2000)

Practice Areas

– Commercial and residential real estate transactions
– Commercial lending and loan closings
– Commercial leasing
– Title insurance
– Agri-business and agricultural finance– Land Use
– Eminent Domain
– Land Use

Traci Ort

Administrator

Traci provides administrative and accounting support to the firm and its clients. She is a graduate of Florida State University and is experienced managing financial matters and escrow accounts.

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Traci Ort

Traci Ort

Administrator

Traci handles accounting and administrative matters for our firm. She has significant experience handling escrow and financial matters. She is responsible for ensuring the monetary components of our client’s transactions are handled properly.

Traci was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She was a competitive gymnast on one of the highest ranked teams in Georgia. Traci then attended and received a bachelor’s degree from The Florida State University.

In addition to her work with our firm, Traci is an aerialist, stuntwoman, and acrobat. She has worked with Disney, Universal Studios, Cirque du Soleil and has appeared in several movies. 

Education

Florida State University

Rebecca Hanson

Paralegal

Rebecca has over 17 years’ experience as a Paralegal. She initially started her career in public service working for the Executive Office of Governor Bush in Florida.

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Rebecca Hanson

Rebecca Hanson

Paralegal

Rebecca has over 17 years’ experience as a Paralegal. She initially started her career in public service working for the Executive Office of Governor Bush in Florida. Thereafter she transitioned to the private sector working for several large national law firms. Currently Rebecca is dedicated solely to the practice of eminent domain within the firm. Rebecca is passionate about helping private land and business owners through the process of property acquisition and condemnation.

Rebecca graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and minor in Sociology. She is a native Floridian, having been born and raised in Tallahassee and is currently a resident of Winter Garden, Florida. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family at Disney.

Education

Florida State University, College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

– B.S. in Political Science

Practice Areas

– Eminent Domain
– Litigation

Tracy Taylor

Paralegal

Tracy is a paralegal with over 17 years of experience.  She is responsible for ensuring transactions close smoothly and properly. She interfaces with transactional parties daily, to move projects efficiently from A to Z.  

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Tracy Taylor

Tracy Taylor

Paralegal

Tracy is a paralegal with over 17 years of experience.  She is responsible for ensuring transactions close smoothly and properly. She interfaces with transactional parties daily, to move projects efficiently from A to Z.

Tracy’s goal is to make your experience with The Ort Law Firm as positive as possible.

Practice Areas:

– Real Estate Transactions
– Land Use
– Eminent Domain

You’re in Control

At Ort Law Firm, our goal is to put you in total control of your real estate project. This means giving you the resources and strategy you need to thrive in any real estate development or entitlement project. It means responding quickly to deal needs, being proactive and responsible for getting the project done.  

You are in control. While our job is to do the work, key decisions will always belong to you. We will give you our best recommendations and advice, and we will advocate fiercely on your behalf. Ultimately we know it is your property, your business, and therefore control will always rest in your hands.

Real Estate matters carry high stakes.  We bring an experienced team of real estate attorneys and advisors to your corner to help you get it done right, when it counts the most. 

The Ort Law Firm

1305 E Plant St

Winter Garden, FL 34787

(407) 656-4500