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FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 7, 2018) – Four partners with Pavese Law Firm in Fort Myers, Christopher Shields, Steven Hartsell, Charles Mann, and Charles Capps, were recognized by The Florida Bar with Board Certification in Condominium and Planned Development Law. Florida Bar Board Certification requires a rigorous application process and examination, and is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar for the skills, special knowledge, proficiency, professionalism and ethics in condominium and planned development law.
In addition to being Florida Bar Board Certified in Condominium and Planned Development Law, Shields, Mann and Capps are also Florida Bar Board Certified Real Estate attorneys. They are three of only 21 attorneys in Florida to hold this dual distinction.
“Condominium and planned development law” is the practice of law in which an attorney serves as counsel to community associations, developers, property owners and investors; drafts governing documents and prepares planned development documents; collects past-due assessments; represents associations and developers in litigation, arbitration and mediation matters; and assists in the planning, development, construction and financing of condominium or other planned development communities. The full definition from The Florida Bar is available at
Shields specializes in subdivision, master-planned residential, commercial and mixed-use communities, and provides legal counsel to developers, builders, community associations and lenders. He joined Pavese Law Firm in 1984 and became a partner in 1990.
Hartsell, who joined Pavese Law Firm in 1986 and was named a partner in 1990, concentrates his practice on zoning, land use and development law, and often represents clients in administrative matters that come before city and county governing boards.
Mann focuses his practice on land use and development law, real estate law and association law, often representing builders and developers in the acquisition and financing of land. He joined Pavese Law Firm in 2000, became a partner in 2005 and was named managing partner in 2012.
Capps joined Pavese Law Firm in 2008 and became a partner in 2014, and his primary areas of focus include commercial and residential transactions, title insurance, real estate development law, condominium and homeowner association law, banking and finance.

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