"The market is solid and stable for the type of work we do."
After practicing together for six years in the Akerman law firm’s Jacksonville office, commercial real estate and development attorneys Andrew Sodl and Tom Ingram have established Sodl & Ingram in offices Downtown at the Blackstone Building.
“The market is solid and stable for the type of work we do and the small commercial real estate law firm is a great model,” Ingram said.
He handles land use and zoning, environmental law, government relations and regulatory matters. Sodl specializes in banking, finance and corporate transactions such as acquisitions, dispositions and leasing.
“Northeast Florida has great opportunities for business. Banks are doing more complicated transactions and they have a need for our services. Commercial real estate is strong and it appears that it will stay strong,” Sodl said.
Their new office is on the 11th floor of the Blackstone Building facing East Bay Street. The view is of the former Jacksonville City Hall and Duval County Courthouse sites that have been cleared in preparation for development.
“We chose this office not only because it’s a nice space, but because this part of Downtown is going to grow and we want to be a part of that,” Ingram said.
New co-chairs for Freed to Run 3.0
The third annual Freed to Run anticipates a boost this year from three newly appointed co-chairs of the event: Darnell Smith, Florida Blue market president for North Florida; Eric Krall, mortgage sales manager with Community First Credit Union; and Ryan Ludwick, an attorney with Fisher, Tousey, Leas & Ball.
They will work to attract more sponsors and relay teams, with Smith focusing on the health care community, Krall on the business community and Ludwick on the legal community and related industries.
Proceeds from the Dec. 15-20 six-marathon relay series will be added to an endowment for the Northeast Florida Medical Legal Partnership at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and will be matched at 125% by Baptist Health. The initiative provides civil legal aid to pediatric patients and their families to ensure they have safe and sanitary housing, as well as access to health care, educational accommodations and other services.
Freed to Run debuted in 2017 when Gunster shareholder Mike Freed ran six consecutive marathons from the steps of the state Supreme Court in Tallahassee to the lawn of the Duval County Courthouse, stopping each day at a county courthouse along the route and raising more than $70,000 for JALA.
Last year he repeated the six-day journey accompanied by relay teams. Freed, the 17 teams, sponsors and supporters raised $400,000 including Baptist Health’s match.
Visit jaxlegalaid.org/freedtorun/ for sponsorship information and relay team registration.