Steven C. Hartsell – Partner
Steven C. Hartsell graduated from Dickinson College (B.A., 1975) and Florida State University College of Law, (J.D., 1980). He was a member of the FSU Law Review, 1979-1980. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1980, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, in 1982, and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1986.
Mr. Hartsell joined Pavese Law Firm in Fort Myers, Florida, in 1986 and became a partner in the firm in 1990. Prior to joining Pavese Law Firm, Mr. Hartsell served as an Assistant Public Defender in Lee County, Florida, from August, 1980-1983, and then as an Assistant Lee County Attorney from 1983-1986, advising county departments and the Board of County Commissioners with regard to various zoning and land use related matters.
Mr. Hartsell concentrates his practice in zoning, land use and development law as well as local government administrative law matters, representing clients in administrative matters before city and county commissions, councils and boards in hearings throughout Southwest and Central Florida. His practice also includes representation in comprehensive plan amendments, developments of regional impact and code enforcement matters, and he has served in cases as a Florida Land Use and Environmental Dispute Resolution Act Special Magistrate.
He was the contributing author of Chapter 120: Dedications, in the Matthew Bender treatise Florida Real Estate Transactions (1989, and updated in 1995). Mr. Hartsell is a Past-President of the Real Estate Investment Society, a member the Lee County Bar Association, and Chair of the Southwest Florida District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) (2015-2017). He has served in the past as the Chairman of the Florida Bar 20th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee 20D, and taught Real Estate Licensure Law as an adjunct professor at Florida Gulf Coast University from 2011-2014. Mr. Hartsell is also an active member in his church, First Assembly of God of Fort Myers, as a Sunday School teacher, and volunteers as Legal Advisor to the Church Council.
He has achieved the AV® Preeminent™ rating for legal ability and ethics from Martindale-Hubbell.