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Laura Jo O. Thacker

Partner

390 North Orange Avenue
Suite 1400
Orlando, FL 32801
jo.thacker@nelsonmullins.com

Jo Thacker has a strong legal background across the state of Florida. Before entering private practice, she served as the Osceola County Attorney for 13 years. As county attorney, she represented the county in all legal matters.

Ms. Thacker represents the interests of property owners in front of local governments throughout Central Florida, including Osceola and...

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Jo Thacker has a strong legal background across the state of Florida. Before entering private practice, she served as the Osceola County Attorney for 13 years. As county attorney, she represented the county in all legal matters.

Ms. Thacker represents the interests of property owners in front of local governments throughout Central Florida, including Osceola and Orange Counties.

She focuses her practice on real estate transactions, land-use and zoning issues, intergovernmental coordination and planning, and public finance.

She provides a wide variety of real estate services to clients, including handling negotiations, document preparation and closing acquisitions, title and survey matters, appraisal analysis, mediations and governmental coordination.

Ms. Thacker also advises public entity clients by providing overall program management assistance in addition to policies and procedures development from best practices garnered through advising many other public entity clients. She advises the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority on procurement matters.

Ms. Thacker has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, disclosure counsel, bank counsel, company counsel, and trustee’s counsel on various state and local government financings. She also represents various banking clients on municipal finance related matters, such as government loans, letters of credit and bond trustee related matters. She has negotiated several Public-Private Partnership (P3) agreements. She works with the Central Florida Expressway Authority as bond counsel and on special projects.

Through her experience as County Attorney, Ms. Thacker gained strong and lasting relationships with county governments across the state and remains connected around Central Florida and throughout the state. She continues to work closely within Osceola County and serves in leadership roles in many civic and charitable organizations.

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She focuses her practice on real estate transactions, land-use and zoning issues, intergovernmental coordination and planning, and public finance.

She provides a wide variety of real estate services to clients, including handling negotiations, document preparation and closing acquisitions, title and survey matters, appraisal analysis, mediations and governmental coordination.

Ms. Thacker also advises public entity clients by providing overall program management assistance in addition to policies and procedures development from best practices garnered through advising many other public entity clients. She advises the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority on procurement matters.

Ms. Thacker has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, disclosure counsel, bank counsel, company counsel, and trustee’s counsel on various state and local government financings. She also represents various banking clients on municipal finance related matters, such as government loans, letters of credit and bond trustee related matters. She has negotiated several Public-Private Partnership (P3) agreements. She works with the Central Florida Expressway Authority as bond counsel and on special projects.

Through her experience as County Attorney, Ms. Thacker gained strong and lasting relationships with county governments across the state and remains connected around Central Florida and throughout the state. She continues to work closely within Osceola County and serves in leadership roles in many civic and charitable organizations.

Jo Thacker has a strong legal background across the state of Florida. Before entering private practice, she served as the Osceola County Attorney for 13 years. As county attorney, she represented the county in all legal matters.

Ms. Thacker represents the interests of property owners in front of local governments throughout Central Florida, including Osceola and... Orange Counties.

She focuses her practice on real estate transactions, land-use and zoning issues, intergovernmental coordination and planning, and public finance.

She provides a wide variety of real estate services to clients, including handling negotiations, document preparation and closing acquisitions, title and survey matters, appraisal analysis, mediations and governmental coordination.

Ms. Thacker also advises public entity clients by providing overall program management assistance in addition to policies and procedures development from best practices garnered through advising many other public entity clients. She advises the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority on procurement matters.

Ms. Thacker has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, disclosure counsel, bank counsel, company counsel, and trustee’s counsel on various state and local government financings. She also represents various banking clients on municipal finance related matters, such as government loans, letters of credit and bond trustee related matters. She has negotiated several Public-Private Partnership (P3) agreements. She works with the Central Florida Expressway Authority as bond counsel and on special projects.

Through her experience as County Attorney, Ms. Thacker gained strong and lasting relationships with county governments across the state and remains connected around Central Florida and throughout the state. She continues to work closely within Osceola County and serves in leadership roles in many civic and charitable organizations.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

  • Represents clients in the purchase and sale of commercial and residential properties, land use entitlements, development of the properties, commercial leasing, and related transactions
  • Represents institutional and non-institutional lenders in connection with the financing of sophisticated commercial and large residential transactions
  • Regularly represents her developer clients in community development district creations and financings 
  • Is called on to assist clients in developing unique and innovative solutions

Education

  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, JD
  • University of Florida, BA

Admissions

  • Florida

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  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America® for Real Estate Law (2013-2019)
  • Best Lawyers by Orlando Magazine (2013-2018)
  • Osceola County Golden Eagle Honoree (2010)
  • Osceola County Woman Warrior (2017)
  • Community Vision Outstanding Community Leader (2015)
  • Listed in the Bond Buyer’s Municipal Marketplace, a Red Book Directory
  • Florida Association of County Attorneys – Ethics Award (2007)
  • Florida Association of County Attorneys – Presidents Award (2008)
  • Florida Association of County Attorneys – Presidents Award (2011)
  • Osceola County Bar Association Presidents Award (2015)
  • Past Chairman, Board of Directors, Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce
  • Vice Chairman, University of Florida Levin College of Law LCA Board of Trustees
  • Osceola County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Board of Trustees, Education Foundation of Osceola County Charter Schools 
  • Vice Chairman, Community Leadership Council for the Howard Phillips Center for Children and Families
  • Member, Reedy Creek Improvement District Planning Board
  • Board of Directors, Osceola Regional Hospital
  • Board of Directors, Experience Kissimmee
  • Past Big Boss, Silver Spurs Rodeo
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