Scott A. McLaren - Hill Ward Henderson

Scott A. McLaren

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 813-227-8418

Scott is a Shareholder in the Firm’s Real Property and Commercial Litigation Groups. Scott is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Business Litigation and concentrates his practice on litigation involving real estate and land use issues, and complex commercial litigation. He has extensive experience in prosecuting and defending lawsuits involving claims for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, condemnation, Section 1983 claims, substantive and procedural due process issues, property tax issues, Telecommunications Act violations, land title claims, takings claims, broker disputes, shareholder disputes, commercial landlord-tenant matters, and other real property and business issues.  Scott has been involved in litigating several cases with significant impact upon the development and business community. 

Scott has authored several articles and is a frequent lecturer on the above topics. He has been selected to speak on real property litigation issues at several seminars, as well as in college level courses at the University of Tampa.

Scott is active in both professional and community activities. He is a member of the Florida Bar’s Eminent Domain Committee, a member of the Hillsborough County and Atlanta Bar Associations, and is a former member of the Justice William Glenn Terrell America Inn of Court. Scott is a graduate of the Leadership Tampa program. He is the former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of Holy Names of Florida, Inc. and also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, Inc. Scott has served as a past member of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Florida, and he enjoys coaching Little League baseball and other youth sports.

University of Texas at AustinBBA 1987Wake Forest UniversityJ.D. 1991
State Bar of Florida – Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionThe Business CounselFlorida Trend's Legal EliteMillion Dollar Advocates ForumMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Case History

BellSouth Mobility, Inc., et. al v. Gwinnett County, Georgia, et. al , 944 F. Supp. 923 (N.D. Ga. 1996) — The first case in which a telecommunications provider successfully challenged a local government’s denial of its application to construct a cellular tower under the Telecommunications Act of 1996.   
City of Tampa v. City National Bank of Florida , 974 So.2d 408 (Fla. 2d DCA 2007) — Acted as lead counsel where a developer not only overturned the City of Tampa’s denial of permits to construct a twenty-four (24) story condominium in Tampa’s Hyde Park Historic District but also recovered $3.75 million in lost profits as a result of said denial; and acting as lead counsel for a manufactured home community owned by a publicly traded REIT in litigation resulting in the dismantling and removal of a neighboring (and operating) concrete plant that was constructed in violation of the County’s Comprehensive Plan.
City National Bank v. City of Tampa , 67 So.3d 293 (Fla. 2d DCA 2011) — Case resulted in a settlement of a Federal Civil Rights Act claim (under 42 U.S.C. §1983) against the City of Tampa for $3.75 million. This settlement is believed to be the largest settlement ever paid by the City of Tampa in any land use case. The case emanated from the City's unlawful denial of development permits to construct a 24-story condominium tower

Office Location

Bank of America Plaza, Suite 3700
101 East Kennedy Boulevard
P.O. Box 2231
Tampa, FL 33602
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2013 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Real Estate of the Tampa Metro Area
Scott A. McLaren has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Real Estate

Other Information

Gender: Male