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Douglas Nelson Burnett

Practice areas:

Construction & Development, Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate, Litigation

About Me


  • The attorneys of St. Johns Law Group are regarded as highly skilled professionals who are dedicated to getting the job done. Our attorneys and staff are known in St. Augustine for being committed to providing high quality client service with an eye toward efficiently handling each transaction and case.

  • Located in St. Augustine, our Nation’s oldest city, St. Johns Law Group is able to serve clients throughout Florida including Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, St. Johns, Orange Park, Mandarin, Green Cove Springs, Palatka, Palm Coast and as far away as Tampa.

  • Mr. Burnett serves as general counsel for the St. Augustine – St. Johns County Airport Authority and the City of St. Augustine Beach, Florida.  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.


  • St. Johns Law Group has extensive experience writing title and serving as title agent on real estate transactions. Our attorneys understand that the purchase of real estate is often the largest investment a person will make in his or her lifetime. Our attorneys play a vital role in overseeing all of the important details of your transaction from evaluating the status of the title to pursuing the appropriate legal remedies to clear any title defects. Real estate closings are often a complicated process and we take pride in being available to our clients to walk them through this process and make the closing as pleasant and effortless as possible.




  • St. Johns Law Group closes transactions for clients on residential and commercial purchases and sales, refinancing and related matters at rates competitive with title companies.  We are almost always able to beat quotes you may receive from other title companies. Our attorneys regularly work with brokers and real estate agents from contract through closing to make sure the transaction is efficiently and timely carried out. 



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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Litigation: 25%
    17 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. Real Estate: 25%
    17 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Land Use & Zoning: 25%
    17 years, 600 cases
  4. Construction & Development: 25%
    17 years, 750 cases

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • John Louis Whiteman

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    John Whiteman Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

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    I endorse this lawyer. Very thorough, very good in terms of knowledge of the law and strategic thinking.

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    Douglas Briley
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

St. Johns Law Group

509 Anastasia Blvd
Saint Augustine, FL, 32080

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing199805/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top ContributorThe Fund2013
Client's Choice AwardAVVO2013
Featured Attorney Real EstateAVVO2013
Top ContributorAVVO2013
Community PartnerBetty Griffin House2011
Selected as Representative of 450thGovernor of the State of Florida2011
Best Attorney/Law Firm in St. AugustineSt. Augustine Record2009
HeroesAmerican Red Cross2009
Selected City AttorneyCity of St. Augustine Beach2009
Selected General CounselSt. Augustine Airport Authority2009
Certificate of AppreciationSt. Augustine Lighthouse2008
Cattle BaronAmerican Cancer Society2008
Top GunSt. Attorney's Office Seventh Judicial Circuit1999

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderRogers Towers2001 - 2009
Assistant County AttorneyOffice of the County Attorney1999 - 2001
Assistant State AttorneyState Attorney's Office1998 - 1999

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionMember2009 - Present
Florida Association of Police AttorneysMember2009 - Present
Salvation Army of St. AugustineAdvisory Council Member2006 - Present
St. Johns County Education FoundationBoard Member2006 - Present
St. Augustine LighthouseBoard Member2005 - Present
St. Johns County Bar AssociationPresident2003 - 2004
St. Johns County Chamber of CommerceMember2001 - Present
United States Court for the Middle District of FloridaMember2001 - Present
Rotary InternationalMember1998 - 2006
Florida BarMember1998 - Present
St. Johns County Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Nauright v. St. Johns CountyDeveloper Prevailed on Appeal
Cintas v. Curb SystemsSuccessfully defended Curb Systems at Arbitration
Chase v. DishmonForeclosure case dismissed at trial.

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
ebookThe Insider's Guide to St. Augustine Property2014
St. Augustine RecordDevelopment Proposal Sparks Growth Questions2014
St. Augustine RecordAssisted Living Facility Approved2012
St. Augustine RecordDollars and Cents Behind Breck's Billboards2012
St. Augustine RecordBeach Picks New Police Chief2012
St. Augustine RecordBeach to Decide Police Department's Fate2012
Public Records and the Sunshine in 2011Local Government Law2011
St. Augustine RecordSt. Johns Law Group Collection2010
St. Augustine RecordAirport Votes Zero Millage2010
St. Augustine RecordBeach Approves Extended Sale of Alcohol2010
St. Augustine RecordAirport Gets New Name2010
St. Augustine RecordBeach Approves Extended Sale of Alcohol2010
St. Augustine RecordHOA at each other's throats2010
St. Augustine RecordDevelopment Projects Proposed on U.S. 12009
St. Augustine RecordBeach Seeks New City Attorney2009
St. Augustine RecordPZA Rejects Hotels on U.S. 1 South2009
St. Augustine RecordHyde Park Projects Approved2009
St. Augustine RecordCommission to Consider Hyde Park Development2009
St. Augustine RecordBusiness Briefs2009
St. Augustine RecordCommission OKs New Homes off Greenbriar Road2009
St. Augustine RecordSculpture Garden2009
St. Augustine RecordBurnett Defends Airport Authority2008
St. Augustine RecordApartment Developer2008
St. Augustine RecordDevelopers Fight Back2008
St. Augustine RecordAirport Lands 2 new Airlines2008
St. Augustine RecordDeveloper to Fund Share of S.R. 162008
St. Augustine RecordLightsey Road Project Tabled2008
St. Augustine RecordLightsey Road Project2008
St. Augustine RecordCordele Builders at Cypress Lakes2006
St. Augustine RecordCounty OK's two Projects2006
St. Augustine RecordVilano Beach Project Get Approval2006
St. Augustine Record10,000 More Coming to S.R. 2072006
St. Augustine RecordSchool Board Approves Spot Zoning2005
St. Augustine RecordToo Many Hits Lock Up Elections Web Server2004
St. Augustine RecordAirport Authority Briefed by Burnett2003
St. Augustine RecordJudge to Decide Whether Museum Owes Rent2002
St. Augustine RecordDangerous Dogs2001
St. Augustine RecordCounty to Pull Museum Contracts2001
St. Augustine RecordTrial2001
St. Augustine RecordInvestigation of Commissioner Concluded2001
St. Augustine RecordCounty Axes Buzzard's Tower2000
St. Augustine RecordFlagler Estates Needs More Signs2000

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Widener University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of North FloridaManagement and MarketingBBA1994

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Realtor CELand Use and Zoning2011
Public Records Act and Sunshine LawLocal Government2011
St. Johns County Land UsePermitting and Entitlements2009
Gus Craig Award DinnerDavid Shoar, Recipient2008
Sieber v. Vilano OaksExpert Witness on Real Estate2007
Advanced Business LawAdvanced Business Law2001
Advanced Business LawAdvanced Business Law2000
Advanced Business LawAdvanced Business Law1999
Business LawEntity Selection and Formation1998
Business LawEntity Selection and Formation1997
Business LawEntity Selection and Formation1996