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Business Observer Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020 1 year ago

Developer on a roll with headquarters projects names top attorney

Charles Thomson spent nearly a decade with Coleman, Yovanovich & Koester.

FORT MYERS — Seagate Development Group named Naples area real estate attorney Charles Thomson general counsel.

Prior to Seagate, Thomson spent nearly a decade with Coleman, Yovanovich & Koester P.A., representing national and regional homebuilders and developers of office buildings, shopping centers, and multifamily apartment complexes, according to a statement. He also represented life plan community clients in the acquisition and development of luxury, multi-phased retirement communities.

“Charles specializes in the components of projects that have made Seagate successful to date,” Seagate Development Group Chairman Bill Price says in the release. “Having a person with Charles’ skill and experience will help streamline the overall process, saving our clients and partners time and money. He provides the level of legal professionalism that will ultimately challenge Seagate to set new marketplace standards, and we could not be more enthusiastic about that.”

Thomson will provide the legal support component for the property management, residential, and commercial sectors of Seagate. This includes all partnership, loan, development, and property association matters, as well as insurance-based risk management services, the release states. The company has been growing rapidly, particularly in building corporate headquarters for Southwest Florida clients. Seagate had $65.5 million in revenue in 2019. 

Thomson graduated from the University of Florida with a Master of Science in Real Estate and a JD. As a graduate student, his team received the Capstone Trophy following a project centered around significant equity investments and property assets. During his academic career, he was also awarded a Florida Conference Scholarship by the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Before a career in law, Thomson was a violin instructor at the Academy of Music and Art in Gainesville and he still performs to this day



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