Mazzarantani obtains Martindale- Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Tuesday Jun 3, 2014
Martindale- Hubbell gave attorney George H. Mazzarantani its highest rating: AV Preeminent. The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are based on anonymous evaluations by members of state bar associations and the judiciary.

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Martindale- Hubbell gave attorney George H. Mazzarantani its highest rating: AV Preeminent.  The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are based on anonymous evaluations by members of state bar associations and the judiciary. They are meant to provide an objective indicator of a lawyer’s ethical standards and ability. Mazzarantani received a 5 out of 5 Overall Peer Rating, the highest possible score.

 Mazzarantani is Managing Partner at Law Office of George H. Mazzarantani, P.A. and his Firm has been in existence since 2004. He maintains a statewide practice in all areas of real estate, finance, land use and business law and has extensive experience in transactions involving corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies.

Mazzarantani obtains Knight's Trail expansion from Sarasota County

Tuesday Mar 25, 2014
It was standing room only at the Sarasota County Commission meeting Tuesday morning, as shotgunners and business leaders took to the podium to support a plan to expand the sporting clay course at Knight's Trail Park.

Busy Sarasota shooting club wants to expand

Tuesday Mar 11, 2014
Mazzarantani prepares a three-pronged proposal for expanding the sporting clay course at Knight's Trail Park

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SARASOTA COUNTY - The sporting clay course at Knight's Trail Park is nearly too busy, a victim of its own success.

Now, the shooting club wants more land, longer leases and a half-million dollars from Sarasota County to add two more courses to ease the overcrowding.

Membership at the 31-year-old nonprofit, officially known as Sarasota Trap, Skeet & Sporting Clays Inc., has tripled during the past five years, and the operation is always open to walk-ins — anyone from the public who wants to shoot.

Last year, the business launched more than 3 million clay pigeons and sold more than $443,000 worth of shotgun shells.

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Startups Should Put 'Skin In The Game'

Monday Jul 29, 2013
George H. Mazzarantani featured in latest SRQ Daily newsletter discussing entrepreneurship.

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Plenty of budding entrepreneurs have dreams of launching the next great idea out of Southwest Florida, but how do you get the capital for such an endeavor? Experts say you can rely on your own money and loans from loved ones, but every source of funding comes with strings.

"Run an ad in the paper, on Craigslist, post flyers on the corkboards of various higher end condominiums and clubhouses," said Clayton Thompson, who for years has hosted the Young Entrepreneurs of Sarasota (YES941) group. "Ask friends and family. While there is some risk for friends and family, we all have a rich uncle that wants a piece of the action, or perhaps a parent that would like some return on their disposable dollars versus .25 on an investment CD."

Of course, if you do get a loan from that uncle, be prepared for the consequences. "While many times it may seem easiest to go to parents or  your favorite Aunt or Uncleor best friend from College for a “friend or family” loan, understand that this too has consequences that go beyond regular business ventures," said attorney George Mazzarantani, whose boutique law firm specializes in business, real estate and transactional law. "I can’t tell you how many family or friend relationships I’ve seen damaged or broken in my 23-year career from misunderstandings or differences regarding  loans between them. While the business oversight might not be as stringent as an Institutional or Venture lender, sometimes it can be worse, from questioning why you bought a specific piece of equipment for the business, or why you leased a Chevy and not a Prius."

Mazzarantani said traditional institutional lenders, particularly community banks, can be a great source of income for starters, but it's best to make sure you start with your own investment. "Use your money first!," he advices. "Keeping overhead down, and debt is part of overhead, is key to any successful venture. Further, you will make it easier/better for you if or when you decide to borrow money when you show that you had your own 'skin in the game' first.  Lenders, whether institutional or private, always want any entrepreneur to be 150 percent committed to their venture."

Thompson also said having "skin in the game" was a sign to investors that money would be spent in a responsible fashion. "Many entrepreneurs or inventors try to take out too much on the front end to meet their needs and not the needs of the project," Thomspon said. Investors, according to Thomspon, want to see the entrepreneur involved, and also for an idea to have a proven track record, to not be entrenched in competition and to be guided with some common sense.

George H. Mazzarantani appointed to The Florida Bar's Grievance Committee

Tuesday Jun 18, 2013
George H. Mazzarantani has been appointed to serve on The Florida Bar's Twelfth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee.

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George H. Mazzarantani has been appointed to serve on The Florida Bar's Twelfth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee. The Bar's grievance committees is very much like grand juries. Its function is to ascertain, to the extent reasonably possible, all facts relating to grievances filed against attorneys and referred to the committee by The Florida Bar. As a member of the Grievance Committee, Mr. Mazzarantani will be assigned files on particular complaints and will act as an investigator for the Committee. Mr. Mazzarantani's term on the Grievance Committee expires in May, 2016.

SRQ Daily marks the impending arrival of the Sarasota Film Festival

Monday Apr 8, 2013
George H. Mazzarantani featured in latest SRQ Daily newsletter regarding investment in film production and distribution.

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The arrival of the Sarasota Film Festival for many is a chance to go to parties and see interesting films. But many are also looking at opportunities for investment. Filmmakers in town are looking for help getting movies distributed, and most have other projects still in concept stages that need funding to get off the ground.

But even if you like an idea for a film, how do you make sure not to lose your shirt? Experts asked by SRQ warn that a film project can be a risky venture, even under the best circumstances.

Keri Nakamoto, an area film producer, said you need to consider everything from commercial appeal to copyright law when deciding whether to invest. Understand the distribution strategy for both foreign and domestic sales, and make sure that strategy lines up with the budget being proposed for the film. “The nuances of the film investment opportunity are vast. The industry is changing dynamically before us all.”

Attorney George Mazzarantani, who has worked with investors on many film projects, said it is critical to do your due diligence on the film company or individuals behind a project and get a history of projects they have completed in the past, especially the projects that have been completed. It is important to know you can rely on filmmakers, including the cast and crew, to get a job finished on budget. But even when everything goes right, he notes you can still lose your investment. “You get no guarantee, even if after due diligence all comes back positive, that you will make any money anyways,” he said. “There are well-known major studios that sink tens of millions into films and they flop, i.e. Waterworld.”

Of course, investors also stress that believing in the project in front is the most important element. Mark Famiglio, president of the Sarasota Film Festival, said you should always consult with an attorney and accountant about an investment, but the top priority should be that the film you invest in is one that makes you proud. “Care passionately about the project,” he said. “Never invest in a deal for ‘tax purposes’ and don't fall in love with the idea of being in the film business.”

George H. Mazzarantani Profiled In Lux Magazine

Monday Feb 18, 2013
Lux Magazine, the Gulf Coast luxury homes magazine, features George Mazzarantani in its 2013 edition.

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Lux MagazineWhen major business deals have to be finalized in Sarasota, there is a good chance George Mazzarantani will be involved. The corporate attorney has been involved in everything from the expansion of a Publix warehouse to the relocation of the Soicher Marin framing shop. But he is involved in more than just contract discussions. He also has the pulse, and sometimes his own stake, in the future of commerce within Southwest Florida through a variety of angel investment efforts.... Read full article.

Q&A In SRQ Magazine

Monday Jan 21, 2013
Corporate attorney George Mazzarantani has negotiated deals at all levels of business and says Sarasota has an extraordinary amount of "quiet money" looking for worthy startups in which to invest.

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Corporate attorney George Mazzarantani has negotiated deals at all levels of business and says Sarasota has an extraordinary amount of "quiet money" looking for worthy startups in which to invest. We spoke to him about the direction of startup funding in the region today.

What sort of companies are getting the attention of investors today? Technology has always been the area with the most attention, but the companies I've worked with most recently include light manufacturing and industry. These are companies that are creating new products, usually involving light manufacturing processes that are proprietary. If the process is something unique, investors are looking and saying it might take off.

What sets a technology company apart as a good investment? Tech companies involved in international internet marketing using databases and data mining do well. There are no more borders anymore. Borders are only political and you can transfer information at the click of a button. You can mine information from Sarasota about clients in Toronto who may need services.

Do you expect a boost in startup investments in 2013? I think in the last six months, more money has lined up, and what we are going to see in the next three to six months is more money going out the door. Picture a tsunami. As it gets closer to shore, the wave gets higher. I predict it will be break the beach in the next year.

New Dock & Boat

Tuesday Oct 23, 2012
Sarasota business attorney participates in the New Dock And Boat Launch for Riverview High School.

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Sarasota business attorney George Mazzarantani participates in the New Dock And Boat Launch for Riverview High School.

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George H. Mazzarantani Represents Anonymous $100,000 Donor

Wednesday Sep 5, 2012
George H. Mazzarantani, the attorney representing the anonymous donor of a $100,000 gift to Riverview High, christens the school’s new research vessel as members of the Kiltie Band help celebrate the occasion.

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SARASOTA – Thanks to a $100,000 donation from an anonymous benefactor, Riverview High School has a new learning dock, research vessel, band tower and musical instruments.

George H. Mazzarantani, the attorney representing the anonymous donor, presented two ceremonial checks for $50,000 each to staff and students at the event. One check represents the funding for the 500-square-foot learning dock and the 22-foot research vessel, a pontoon boat. A second check is for donations to the Music Department: a band tower to be used on the practice football field and instruments for the Kiltie Band....

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Relocation completed of Soicher-Marin of Florida, LLC

Friday Apr 30, 2010
The Law Offices of George H. Mazzarantani, P.A., is pleased to announce they have completed the Corporate Relocation of Soicher-Marin of Florida, LLC, a 51 year old, multimillion dollar company that services America’s top interior designers and hospitality managers for high-quality framed art and wall décor to Sarasota, Florida, from Los Angeles, California.

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SRQ - The Real Story

Friday Jan 8, 2010
Grocery giant Publix found itself embroiled in conflict when it sought a long-planned expansion of its Sarasota warehouse. Here's how the story ends: Publix won the frustrating battle, but its opponents are still throwing darts.

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SRQ - The Real Story

It's a Florida tradition - that little game we play at the 11th hour of a serious hurricane threat, desparately racing from store to store hunting for water, peanut butter, and "D" batteries.

But darn it, Publix is determined to spoil our fun by keeping its area stores comparatively well stocked with water and critical supplies. Read More...

Purchase closed on former Sarasota Herald Tribune headquarters

Monday Aug 31, 2009
The Law Offices of George H. Mazzarantani, P.A., representing Lakeland-based Publix Super Markets, Inc., closed on the purchase of the former headquarters of the Sarasota Herald Tribune, located at U.S. 41 and Bay Street, Sarasota, Florida.

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Law Firm Closes Deal for new Publix Store on Former Herald Tribune Headquarters Site

August 31st, 2009

The Law Offices of George H. Mazzarantani, P.A., representing Lakeland-based Publix Super Markets, Inc., closed on the purchase of the former headquarters of the Sarasota Herald Tribune, located at U.S. 41 and Bay Street, Sarasota, Florida.

George H. Mazzarantani, Esq. led the legal team in a complex and lengthy transaction which began in May, 2008, and included approvals from the City of Sarasota Planning Board for development of a proposed 52,000 square foot full service Publix grocery store.  The proposed structure will be elevated to allow for ground level parking under the store.

Governor Crist reappoints George H. Mazzarantani

Friday May 29, 2009
Governor Charlie Crist has reappointed George H. Mazzarantani to a another term on the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council in Ft. Myers.

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George H. Mazzarantani reappointed to a another term on the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council in Ft. Myers

May 20th, 2009

THE LAW OFFICES OF GEORGE H. MAZZARANTANI, P.A., is pleased to announce that Governor Charlie Crist has reappointed George H. Mazzarantani to a another term on the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council in Ft. Myers.

This is Mr. Mazzarantani’s second appointment to the Regional Planning Council, having been first appointed by Governor Jeb Bush in 2006.

The Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council brings 34 local elected officials and five state-appointed officials together to develop agreement on a common vision for the region. The Council serves Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota Counties as a regional information clearinghouse, conducts research and implements projects that include planning, law, emergency management, public administration, environmental science, business administration and information technology.

The Law Offices of George H. Mazzarantani, P.A. is a business and real estate law boutique headquartered in Sarasota.  In addition to serving it’s business, corporate and banking clients, the Firm also provides its clients with Special Assets Assessment Services throughout Florida.  These services include evaluating and maintaining entitlements related to land use and dealing with compliance issues.  Targeted clients include lenders, owners, and those concerned about partially developed or permitted properties.

Former location of Herald-Tribune to become Publix

Thursday Jan 22, 2009
SARASOTA - Publix Super Markets has closed a $6.3 million deal for the Herald-Tribune's former offices on South Tamiami Trail.

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Publix

Publix Super Markets has closed a $6.3 million deal for the Herald-Tribune's former offices on South Tamiami Trail. The Lakeland-based supermarket chain plans to open a new 52,000-square-foot store at the site toward the end of 2010. Publix will tear down the existing building and build a store with parking underneath. Customers and their shopping carts will ride on escalators up into the store. Read More...

Governor Bush appoints George H. Mazzarantani

Monday May 1, 2006
THE LAW OFFICES OF GEORGE H. MAZZARANTANI, P.A., is pleased to announce that Governor Jeb Bush has appointed George H. Mazzarantani to as a full Council Member of the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council in Ft. Myers.

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THE LAW OFFICES OF GEORGE H. MAZZARANTANI, P.A., is pleased to announce that Governor Jeb Bush has appointed George H. Mazzarantani to as a full Council Member of the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council in Ft. Myers.

This is Mr. Mazzarantani's first appointment to the Regional Planning Council.

The Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council brings 34 local elected officials and five state-appointed officials together to develop agreement on a common vision for the region. The Council serves Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota Counties as a regional information clearinghouse, conducts research and implements projects that include planning, law, emergency management, public administration, environmental science, business administration and information technology.

Gulf Coast's Influential Lawyers - Daily Business Review

Wednesday Oct 22, 2003
The Gulf Coast attorneys profiled in this special report exemplify dedication.

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Business Review

Sharks. Shysters. Bottom-feeders. Snakes. Sleaze. Call them what you want, but every business person needs at least one he can trust. Of course, we’re talking about lawyers.

In truth, a few unethical lawyers out there have tainted the reputation of the bunch.Most lawyers are dedicated to representing their clients’ interests with integrity and fairness, and many are equally dedicated to contributing to the betterment of their community.
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