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Eric N. Appleton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Tampa, FL

Appleton Reiss, PLLC
215 N. Howard Ave., Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-542-8888
Fax: 813-542-5054
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009
Licensed in Florida Since: 1999
Practice Areas: Real Estate: Business, Business Litigation
Attorney Profile

Attorney Eric N. Appleton is a founding partner and member of the Appleton Reiss, PLLC, law firm, which has office locations in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida. Serving a diverse range of clients throughout Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties and all across the state, Mr. Appleton focuses his practice primarily on business real estate matters and commercial property associations as well as residential condominium and homeowners’ associations.

A highly effective litigation attorney, Mr. Appleton also holds his certification as a Circuit Court and Appellate Court Mediator from the Florida Supreme Court. He has achieved equal success outside the courtroom arbitrating and mediating issues for his corporate clients as well as for association officers, directors and managers. In addition, he has extensive real estate transactional experience along with considerable experience handling matters such as foreclosures, collections, condominium terminations and property damage defect claims.

Widely sought after for his unmatched legal knowledge regarding his practice areas, Mr. Appleton routinely serves as outside counselor to association board members and officers. He has conducted numerous lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics, and he facilitates certification courses for common interest community leaders.

An Anderson Scholar of Distinction, Mr. Appleton graduated with honors in 1995 from the University of Florida, where he received the Presidential Service Award. He then returned to his alma mater and obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1998. While in law school, he received the University of Florida Alumni Merit Scholarship, and he served as a Certified Legal Intern for the 13th Judicial Circuit's Office of the State Attorney.

The Florida Bar admitted Mr. Appleton to practice in 1999, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Active in his legal community, he is the vice chair of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee for The Florida Bar and member of the organization's Condominium and Planned Development Law and Construction Law Committees.

Mr. Appleton is also the former co-chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Association's Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section and a member of the organization's Leadership Institute. Additionally, he is a member of the American Bar Association and then Community Associations Institute's Suncoast Chapter.

Recognized for his professionalism and service, Mr. Appleton has earned consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America© since 2016, and Florida Trend Magazine voted him a "Legal Elite" as well as an "Up & Coming Legal Elite."

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Practice Areas
  • 50%Real Estate: Business
  • 50%Business Litigation
Focus Areas

Condominiums & Cooperatives, Landlord/Tenant


13 Years Super Lawyers
1 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2009

About Eric N. Appleton

First Admitted: 1999, Florida

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • The Florida Bar, Lecturer
  • An analysis of alternatives to litigation when community associations and developers find themselves confronted with difficult situations involving the development of real property over time.  , Presenter , Peace Treaties Between Community Associations and Developers, The University of Miami Law School - Ralph E. Boyer Condominium and Development Law Conference, Real Estate, Real Estate Litigation, Community Association Law, Land Use, 2021
  • Lorman Education Services, Lecturer
  • The Hillsborough County Bar Association, Lecturer
  • The Community Associations Institute, Lecturer


  • Named to the “Florida Super Lawyers” list by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Recognized as a member of Florida’s “Up & Coming Legal Elite” by Florida Trend Magazine
  • Named to Florida’s “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend Magazine
  • Named to the Best Lawyers in America, 2016 - 2022, Nominated to Best Lawyers for Real Estate Litigation and Real Estate Practice ,, 2022

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Community Associations Institute, Suncoast Chapter
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association Leadership Institute

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Circuit Court and Appellate Mediator by the Florida Supreme Court

Educational Background

  • University of Florida, B.S., with Honors, Honors: Anderson Scholar with Distinction, Presidential Service Award, 1995

Bar/Professional Activity

  • The Florida Bar Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee "C", Chair, 2020
  • The Florida Bar Construction Law Committee
  • Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, Co-Chairman, 2006 - 2009
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar Condominium and Planned Development Law Committee
  • The Florida Bar Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee 13 “C”, Vice Chair, 2019
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Florida Bar, Admitted 1999

Industry Groups

  • Community Associations; Construction Litigation; Civil Litigation; Real Estate
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Office Location for Eric N. Appleton

215 N. Howard Ave.
Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33606

Phone: 813-542-8888

Fax: 813-542-5054

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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