James M. Vernon

About James M. Vernon

There is normally a solution. Don’t panic.

James. M. Vernon provides the unique combination of legal, civil engineering, and expertise in real estate development and financing.

Over the last 30 years, we have helped our clients in the acquisition, financing, zoning, permitting, development, regulatory agencies appeals, and sale of hundreds of single and multi-family developments, commercial developments, and historic renovations.

Real Estate Development Expertise

We offer a variety of services and opportunities for new and existing developments including joint ventures and partnerships, entitlement services, property investment, and construction management

Legal Expertise

We are experts in representing our clients to city councils, boards of county commissioners, regulatory agencies, and appeals before the circuit court.

Engineering Expertise

Our expertise uniquely qualifies us for solving challenges relating to land and site planning, water management districts, power companies, chemical, manufacturing processes and much more.

Our Philosophy

Due to over 30 years experience in engineering, real estate and business transactions and nearly 20 years experience in representing the business and personal interests of our clients, we have seen many different types of problems and situations and experienced a range of outcomes. Although we cannot guarantee any outcomes, we can assure you that we will obtain a thorough understanding of our clients’ situation, propose thoughtful and detailed strategies to accomplish the clients’ goals, and apply our practical business experience to aggressively apply those strategies. As business owners ourselves, we understand that this approach means nothing if accomplishing these goals is not balanced with a desire to minimize costs, stress, and to complete the tasks as efficiently as possible.

How we’re different

We are multidisciplinary and we are solution oriented. On behalf of our clients we have litigated numerous contract and other civil matters; re-zoned, permitted and developed numerous projects; appeared before numerous code, licensing and administrative boards. As an owner, we have built numerous real estate development projects and have been involved in alternative fuel development. As a result of this broad experience, this office has developed the belief that among reasonable people, there is always a solution. Conversely, when you encounter an unreasonable adversary you need to be sure your representative has the experience, tenacity and ability to effectively represent your position.

Our Approach

Don’t over react, there is probably a reasonable solution. This office brings two unique perspectives to serving our clients. The first is that the principal has the dual education as a scientist and as a lawyer. We work hard to apply logic, evidence, structure and a reality based practical application of facts to any problem. The second is that we have the experience based on filling the different roles in business from employee, consultant, owner, investor, partner and litigant. These experiences have provided us with the understanding, first hand, of the stresses, costs, frustrations and issues involved in accomplishing goals and solving problems. When clients are involved, the issues are not theoretical, they are personal.


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J. Marcus Vernon
Attorney At Law
Registered Professional Engineer

About James M. Vernon

James M. Vernon graduated from the University of Florida in 1981 with a degree in Civil Engineering. In 1984, he founded Anclote Engineering, which remains a licensed engineering company. He became a licensed and registered Florida professional civil engineer in 1986 and has been involved in engineering and real estate development ever since.

In 1993, he graduated from Nova Southeastern University Law School and was admitted to the Florida State Bar in 1994. In 1999, James M. Vernon became a member of the Georgia State Bar.

Bio Highlights

  • Graduated University of Florida, Bachelor’s of Science Civil Engineering 1981
  • Registered Professional Engineer since 1987
  • Graduated Nova Southeastern University Law School, Juris Doctorate 1993
  • Admitted to Florida Bar 1994
  • Admitted to Georgia Bar 1999