Mark S. Bentley

Mark S. Bentley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Land Use & Zoning Attorney in Tampa, FL

Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns LLP
 | 401 East Jackson Street, Suite 3100
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-225-2500
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Land Use/Zoning (50%),
  • Eminent Domain (40%),
  • State, Local & Municipal (10%)
Attorney Profile

Mark Bentley focuses his practice on land use, zoning, eminent domain, and governmental law. Mark received his B.A. and M.A. with honors from the University of Florida and his J.D. with honors from Stetson University. Mark is Board Certified as an expert in City, County and Local Government Law, is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and has achieved membership in the American Planning Association’s (APA) American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). In 2009, Mark received the APA’s Planner of the Year Award. Mark serves as an adjunct professor for the University of South Florida’s Master's of Urban & Regional Planning Program. Mark has authored numerous articles and frequently speaks concerning aviation, noise and billboard regulation, eminent domain and land use law. Mark also serves as a special master statewide for conflicts concerning the Florida Land Use and Environmental Dispute Resolution Act.

White Papers

  • Florida Hometown Democracy and Eminent Domain (2010) - The proposed “Florida Hometown Democracy Amendment” seeks to amend Section 4 of Florida’s Constitution.  In the event the Amendment is successful, it would require any future amendment to a local government’s comprehensive plan to be acted upon by a general or special election, effectively providing the public with veto power over local government planning. 

  • Hurricane Kelo Hits Florida (2006) -

  • Certificates and Credentials

    Florida Bar Board Certified

    About Mark Bentley

    Admitted: 1987, Florida

    Honors and Awards:

    • Selected as Florida Legal Elite 2015 by Florida Trend Magazine; 2015 Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine; AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell; Received the American Planning Association (APA), Florida Chapter, Sun Coast Section's 2009 Planner of the Year Award, recognizing Mark's outstanding career in planning and his contributions to the planning profession at the state and local levels; selected as a member of the national Amicus Curiae Committee of the APA (2007-2009); received the APA, Florida Chapter, Sun Coast Section's 2006 Distinguished Service Award recognizing Mark's outstanding career in planning and significant contributions to the planning profession

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners of the American Planning Association (AICP)
    • Certified by The Florida Bar as an Expert in City, County and Local Government Law

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member: Land Use and Environmental Law, Eminent Domain Law, and Real Property Law Sections of the Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • Member:  Eminent Domain Committee, the Environmental and Land Use Law Section, and the City, County and Local Government Law Section of The Florida Bar

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • The Italian Club of Tampa; The Cuban Club of Ybor City; and St. John's Episcopal School, Tampa.

    Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

    • Speaker, Florida Hometown Democracy, 2010
    • Understanding The Florida Land Use and Environmental Dispute Resolution Act, Vol. 36, Issue 3: Local Government Symposium, Stetson Law Review (Spring 2008)
    • Zoning for Land Users and Not Land Use, Vol. 16, No. 2, Stetson Law Review (Fall 1986)

    Verdicts and Settlements:

    • Peninsular Properties Braden River, LLC v. City of Bradenton, Florida, 956 So.2d 160, (Fla. 2d DCA 2007)

    Industry Groups

  • Eminent Domain
  • Local Government
  • Petroleum Industry
  • Real Estate Development
  • Office Location for Mark S. Bentley

    401 East Jackson Street
    Suite 3100
    Tampa, FL 33602


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    Last Updated: 2/7/2017

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