Christopher J. Thanner Partner

Chris's practice covers many aspects of commercial real estate law, including big-box and shopping center retail, industrial, office and multifamily development, construction contracts, commercial lending and leasing, land use and development law.

He has counseled sellers, purchasers, landlords and tenants on the various issues associated with real estate acquisitions, dispositions and leasing transactions. His practice also involves counseling clients on negotiating the maze of governmental regulations affecting development in Florida, including concurrency, platting and permitting issues. In the banking and finance area, Chris represents institutional lenders and corporate borrowers in a variety of real estate and other asset-based financing transactions and frequently serves as local counsel on state and national financing matters.

Chris is a member of the firm’s restructuring team and distressed real estate practice group, and regularly works with special asset managers of national and regional lending institutions and special servicers of Commercial Mortgage-Backed (CMBS) loans on commercial loan workouts and forbearance agreements, foreclosures of real and personal property, guaranty enforcement actions, deeds in lieu of foreclosure and state court receivership proceedings. He has also represented lenders in the workout and foreclosure of incomplete construction and development projects, including partially constructed Florida condominium developments.

Chris is also a member of the firm’s transportation industry team and regularly assists railroads in the acquisition, disposition, leasing and development of railroad right of way and related rail and intermodal facilities. His representation runs the gamut from negotiating purchase and sale, rail crossing and spur line agreements with individual land owners to the assemblage of multiple parcels involving coordination among numerous sellers, local governments and regulatory agencies. He also frequently assists railroads with the historical analysis of real property rights and has successfully represented railroads in disputes with state agencies and local governments over the extent of vested railroad rights in state-owned and public lands.

He is past chair of the Jacksonville Bar Association’s Real Property Law Section, and is active in pro bono and civic matters, including providing legal assistance to a not-for-profit community development corporation building affordable housing in the city of Jacksonville.

  • William & Mary Law School, JD, Research Editor, William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, 1998
  • The College of William & Mary, MA, 1994
  • Georgetown University, BSFS, 1989

Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Florida Bar

Chair, Real Property Law Section, Jacksonville Bar Association, 2007-2011

Member, Real Property Section, North Carolina Bar Association 

Member, Northeast Florida Chapter, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties

Member, International Council of Shopping Centers

Member, San Marco Preservation Society

  • Speaker, "Advanced Issues in Leasing," Annual Meeting of the Association of Corporate Counsel, October 2, 2012
  • Speaker, "The State of Retail Leasing in Today’s Economy: Current Legal and Economic Trends," Association of Corporate Counsel - Real Estate Committee Webinar, September 15, 2011
  • Speaker, "Retail Property Acquisitions and Shopping Center Redevelopment," Lorman Continuing Legal Education Seminar, December 2, 2005
  • Speaker, "Considerations Common to Big Box, Retail and Commercial Property Transactions," Lorman Continuing Legal Education Seminar, December 3, 2004
  • Speaker, "Environmental Aspects of Real Estate Transactions," Lorman Continuing Legal Education Seminar, December 3, 2004
  • Florida
  • North Carolina
  • North Carolina State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2018-2023

Selected for inclusion in “Legal 500 United States,” Transport: Rail and Road – Litigation and Regulation, 2021, 2022

Selected for inclusion in "Ultimate Attorneys", Jacksonville Business Journal, 2019

AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

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