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Elise Batsel practices in the areas of Land Development, Real Estate, and Banking & Financial Institutions.

In the land development arena, Elise represents national and local developers before over forty governmental bodies throughout Florida to obtain entitlements for multi-family, commercial, industrial, hotel and mixed-use projects. She also advises clients regarding the redevelopment of urban infill projects.

In the Real Estate arena, Elise represents developers and lenders in real estate acquisitions, dispositions, financings and leasing transactions.

In the lending arena, her experience involves the representation of banks, finance companies and other institutional lenders in a variety of transactional specialties, including commercial/syndicated loans and construction and permanent financings. Notably, Elise has represented institutional lenders with Shari’ah-compliant finance and investment transactions.

Representative Experience

Land Development, Zoning, Environmental & Government Affairs

  • Represent developer in the negotiation of development agreements, permitting and entitlements for the development of a golf course and residential community
  • Represent multiple developers in entitling vacant land for single-family residential communities
  • Represented purchaser of hotel in the negotiation of entitlements, including comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning, for 100-room hotel addition
  • Represented the developer of the first urban infill multi-family redevelopment project in Tampa, Florida
  • Represented operator in the negotiation of a P3 Concessionaire Agreement “Public-Private Partnership” for parking facilities

Real Estate

  • Represented family office in the acquisition and entitlement of a 23 story office tower
  • Represented national retailer on acquisition of multi-site real estate acquisition from licensee
  • Represent developer in the redevelopment of a 100 acre multi-use entertainment and commercial center
  • Represented developer in the acquisition, financing and entitlements for the redevelopment mixed-use development.

Banking & Financial Institutions

  • Represented lead financial institution in connection with permanent financing of 53 site real estate acquisition
  • Represented lender in connection with Shari’ah law financing structure for a multi-site hospital and medical office complex
  • Represented lender in construction and permanent financing of regional office park development

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Director at-Large, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Tampa Bay
  • University of Florida Bergstrom Council Real Estate Advisory Board Member
  • Tampa Bay Builders Association Governmental Affairs Committee


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2020
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2017-2018
  • Excellence Award, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Tampa Bay Sales Transactions, 2017

Publications & Presentations

Publications, Recent News Updates: Major Land Use and Development Policies Discussions Continue in Hillsborough County
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|January 2020

Publications, Recent News Updates: Major Evolution in Land Use and Development Policies Ahead in Hillsborough County
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|December 2019

Events: What's Ahead and Why- Comprehensive Planning and Growth Management
33rd Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School|July 2019

Publications, Recent News Updates: Friday Deadline for Hillsborough County's Final Impact Fee Buyback Solicitation
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|July 2019

Publications, Recent News Updates: Important Land Development and Environmental Issues Following Florida's 2019 Legislative Session
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|July 2019

Publications, Recent News Updates: What's Developing | Summer 2019
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|July 2019

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