Bryan W. Duke, Former St. Joe Company Assistant GC, Joins Firm

Bryan W. Duke

Bryan W. Duke

Bryan W. Duke, former Assistant General Counsel for the St. Joe Company, joined the firm effective January 1, 2011. Bryan brings over 25 years of experience to his practice which will focus on the areas of real estate transactions, land use, permitting and litigation.

Bryan is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Florida, College of Law. He began his legal career in Fort Lauderdale as a litigator with a focus on commercial and construction litigation. He participated in jury and non-jury trials and handled a number of appeals. After eight years of private practice, Bryan took the position of General Counsel with Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale. At Stiles, Bryan worked on every aspect of project development: property sales and acquisitions, development and architectural agreements, and commercial retail and office leases.

In 2001, Bryan joined The St. Joe Company legal team and moved his family to Tallahassee. During Bryan’s 10 year tenure at St. Joe, he was involved in many of the real estate endeavors of that company, including the relocation of the Panama City-Bay County International Airport, the West Bay Sector Plan, the Bay County Regional General Permit and Ecosystem Management Agreement, and Southwood. In these endeavors, he worked very closely with agency lawyers and staff. He was substantially involved in obtaining approval of multiple developments of regional impact and large scale and small scale comprehensive plans. He also was involved in many of the sales of large rural tracts of land to private owners and the State of Florida. “We accomplished a lot during my 10 years at St. Joe, and I am proud and fortunate to have been a part of many of those accomplishments.”

As in-house counsel for 17 years, Bryan understands the complexities required for businesses to successfully manage the legal and regulatory process. “It takes a unique combination of legal knowledge, negotiation skills and patience to move real estate projects forward.” Bryan is pleased to bring these skills and his private sector experience to Messer Caparello.