Douglas N Burnett

Douglas N Burnett: Attorney with St. Johns Law Group
Attorney Awards

Biography

Local government law, including serving as attorney for the St. Augustine and St. Johns County Airport Authority. Mr. Burnett's practice also includes real estate development, real property and construction litigation, land use planning, comprehensive planning and concurrency, development agreements, financing and transactional matters. Mr. Burnett has represented all participants in the real estate development business including landowners, developers, contractors, lenders and brokers. His experience includes management of sensitive and controversial applications for development approval. Mr. Burnett has also handled litigation of contested zoning matters before the trial and Appellate Courts.

Experience:

• Former Assistant County Attorney in St. Johns County, Florida.

• Former Assistant State Attorney in St. Johns County, Florida.

• Regularly serves as outside counsel to local governments.

• Represents landowners and developers in negotiating of Development Agreements and Impact Fee Credit Agreements.

• Represents landowners and developers seeking amendments and vesting to the Comprehensive Plan.

• Successful plat and street vacations.

• Extensive trial experience, including over thirty jury trials and non-jury trials, as well as mediation and arbitration.

• Representation of clients in disputes involving commercial and residential contract and construction claims.

Community Involvement:

• St. Augustine Lighthouse (Board Member and Founding Lights Member)

• St. Johns County American Cancer Society (Cattle Baron)

• St. Johns County Bar Association (Past President)

• St. Johns County Education Foundation (Board Member)

• St. Johns County Salvation Army (Advisory Council Member)

• Flagler College (Prior Visiting Instructor).

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Civil Litigation
  • Government
  • Land Use

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
904-495-0400  Phone
904-687-9126  Cell Phone
904-495-0506  Fax
www.sjlawgroup.com
University Attended:
University of North Florida, B.B.A., 1994
Law School Attended:
Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1998
Year of First Admission:
1998
Admission:
1998, Florida
Memberships:
St. Johns County Bar Association (Past President); The Florida Bar.
Military:
Strong supporter of United States Military.
Special Agencies:
St. Augustine - St. Johns County Airport Authority
ISLN:
915798986
Transactions:
- Successfully obtained approval of a Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Planned Unit Development for a National Home Builder for the construction of 100 lots in an area that was formerly considered Rural in northwest St. Johns County.

- Successfully closed numerous real estate transactions and loans measuring in the 10's of millions for St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach and Ponte Vedra properties.

- Successfully obtained approval of permits for a controversial gas station location in St. Augustine.

- Successfully negotiated a development agreement for a group of 14 developers for roadway improvements on State Road 207 in St. Augustine.

- Successfully appealed St. Johns County's denial of rezoning applications for numerous projects.

- Successfully litigated a high value probate matter in St. Augustine where the estate was disputed.

- Successfully obtained approval of a Comprehensive Plan Amendment on State Road 16 in St. Augustine for development of a new Planned Unit Development.

- Successfully obtained a temporary injunction on an emergency basis for a homeowner's association seeking to enforce its covenants in Ponte Vedra Beach.

- Successfully litigated a partnership dispute involving multimillion dollar investment properties in St. Johns County.

- Successfully obtained approval for an 800 unit residential subdivision in St. Augustine.

- Successfully obtained approval for multiple zoning variances to allow for the construction of a major grocery story in Vilano Beach.

- Successfully obtained approval for a marina in St. Augustine.

- Successfully obtained a small scale comprehensive plan amendment for an infill residential development near Wildwood Drive in St. Augustine.

- Successfully defended a business dispute at trial concerning the sale of a restaurant on King Street in St. Augustine.

- Successfully defended a local government against claims that the local government was violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

- Successfully negotiated multi-million dollar lease agreements for the St. Augustine-St. Johns County Airport Authority.

- Successfully helped numerous St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra clients client renegotiate and modify home mortgages in an effort to restructure debt.

- Successfully obtained approval for a major gas station chain's new location in St. Augustine and obtained an amendment to the St. Johns County Land Development Code to allow for digital sign for fuel pricing.

- Successfully obtained approval for an assisted living facility in Ponte Vedra Beach after obtaining a rehearing on a prior denial.

Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

  • 4.6/5.0 (35 reviews)
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  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
  • Legal Knowledge

    4.6/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    4.5/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.4/5.0
  • Communication

    4.8/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.7/5.0
  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Attorney on 07/21/18 in Government

    I have known Doug personally and professionally. He is currently the attorney representing our airport board in St Augustine and excels. I have also worked with him on an individual and professional basis and have the best regard for his capabiliti... Read more

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    I have known Doug personally and professionally. He is currently the attorney representing our airport board in St Augustine and excels. I have also worked with him on an individual and professional basis and have the best regard for his capabilities. Highly recommended. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Counsel on 07/20/18 in Zoning, Planning and Land Use

    I have known Mr. Burnett for 20 years. He consistently provides high quality representation to his clients.. p.s. You should add General Counsel to your reviewer information / position type. Thanks!

    I have known Mr. Burnett for 20 years. He consistently provides high quality representation to his clients.. p.s. You should add General Counsel to your reviewer information / position type. Thanks! Read less

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