Orlando Commercial Real Estate Lawyer

Brad Hester


My name is Brad Hester and I am an Orlando commercial real estate attorney.  Here’s why I created this site.  A lot of real estate deals come across my desk. I have been amazed, and, sometimes, dismayed, at some of the real estate basics that are omitted from some current commercial real estate contracts. Together we can explore issues like commercial real estate contracts, timelines, credit agreements, how to hold title, easement rights, leasing and more. This is, of course, just my .02 cents and nothing I say in this blog can be construed as legal advice because, unless you and I have a signed agreement for me to represent you, I’m not your attorney and I don’t represent you. But, I’d love to hear from you, too. Weigh-in with a comment or two here on the blog.

Who is this guy?

I have a unique background. After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Design in 1987, then an M.B.A. in 1990, both from the University of Florida (Go Gators!), I helped manage a family-owned dairy farm in Okeechobee, Florida, for seven years, no small feat considering that it involved about 1,500 cows, 1,000 acres of land, and over 30 employees, and produced about 7,500 gallons of milk every day. During my time on the farm, I became heavily involved in the Florida agriculture industry, actively participating in numerous industry organizations and graduating from the prestigious Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources, a state-wide leadership program associated with the Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida. This internationally-renowned leadership program, focusing on local, state, national and international policy-making, required 50 days of travel and education over a two-year period and included trips throughout Florida and to Washington, D.C., Texas, Mexico, Poland, Germany and Norway. That life-changing experience inspired me to leave the farm to pursue a law degree, so at age 33, with my wife, two kids, a dog and a cat all in tow, I enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 1997, earning my Juris Doctor degree in 2000. Since then I have practiced commercial and residential real estate law in the Orlando area and have remained active in numerous organizations that are important to me personally and professionally.

Attorney At Law

I now practice with The Ort Law Firm in the areas of commercial and residential real estate transactions, development and finance, commercial lending, secured transactions, agri-business and agricultural financing.  I apply the creative and practical aspects from my design, business and agricultural education for the benefit of my  clients, who are typically institutional lenders and borrowers, commercial real estate buyers, sellers, tenants, landlords and developers, and commercial and agricultural landowners.  I actively consult with the other attorneys in our firm, Joe Ort, Brandon Marcus, and Marissa S whenever real property and corporate issues arise in connection with his very successful commercial litigation and construction law practice.

A Sense Of Community

I remain heavily involved in (and enjoy promoting!) the Florida agriculture industry and, continue to participate in the Wedgworth program.  I have been an active Board Member of the Winter Park YMCA and am a graduate of Leadership Winter Park. I have served on the Winter Park Leadership Advisory Council and the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Board. I’m also involved in several local charitable organizations, in particular those fostering autism and special needs awareness.

Drop Me A Line

If you want to talk more about commercial (or residential) real estate transactions, real estate development and finance, commercial lending, agri-business, agriculture lending, Florida agriculture, the Florida Gators, the Wedgworth Leadership Program or any combination of the above, or just to tell me how great this blog is, or how great it isn’t, please email me or leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you.

Brad Hester
The Ort Law Firm
1305 E. Plant Street
Winter Garden, Florida 34787
WEB: The Ort Law Firm
EMAIL:  brad@ortlawfirm.com
PHONE: (407) 656-4500