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
Fax: 813-223-7118
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Land Use/Zoning (50%),
  • Eminent Domain (40%),
  • State, Local & Municipal (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Mark S. Bentley is a partner with the law firm of Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP, in Tampa, Florida. A top-rated attorney with over 30 years of legal experience, Mr. Bentley serves clients throughout Florida who have legal needs related to:

  • Eminent domain and property rights
  • Land use
  • Real estate and finance
  • Administrative law
  • Alternative dispute resolution

Certified as a specialist in city, county and local government law by the Florida Bar, Mr. Bentley has represented the rights and interests of scores of property owners and real estate investors as they face complex condemnation actions by government authorities and other eminent domain challenges. He is also active with the American Institute of Certified Planners as well as numerous other local, state and national bar associations focused on eminent domain, land use, and environmental and real estate matters.

Well-versed in his practice areas, Mr. Bentley once served on the adjunct legal faculty at the University of South Florida, and he remains active on the planning advisory board for the university's urban and regional master's degree program. In addition, he routinely conducts lectures and seminars throughout the state and across the country on topics involving land use law, eminent domain and other related subjects.

After receiving both his bachelor's and master's degrees in political science from the University of Florida, Mr. Bentley attended Stetson University College of Law, where he obtained his law degree, cum laude, in 1987 and served as associate editor for the Stetson Law Review. He received his license to practice from the Florida Bar that same year.

Mr. Bentley holds an AV Preeminent peer-review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell and has received several awards for his professionalism and service, including being named among Florida's Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine in 2015.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Land Use/Zoning (50%)

Eminent Domain (40%)

State, Local & Municipal (10%)


Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization

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  • The Florida Land Use and Environmental Dispute Resolution Act (Section 70.51 Florida Statutes) (2017) - State and local governments may deny or revoke various forms of property rights in certain circumstances, but these governments’ power to do so is subject to limitations. - read more

  • About Mark Bentley

    Admitted: 1987, Florida

    Professional Webpage:


    • Tampa Bay Magazine’s Best Lawyers since 2010
    • Legal Elite 2015 Florida Trend Magazine
    • The Best Lawyers in America since 2011
    • Florida Super Lawyer since 2008
    • A/V Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • American Institute of Certified Planners ("AICP") of the American Planning Association 
    • 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:

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

    Scholarly Lectures/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)


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

    Educational Background:

    • University of Florida, Master of Arts, Major: Political Science, Honor: With Honors
    • University of Florida, B.A., Major: Political Science, Honors: With Honors

    Industry Groups

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

    401 East Jackson Street
    Suite 3100
    Tampa, FL 33602

    Phone: 813-225-2500

    Fax: 813-223-7118

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    Last Updated: 1/4/2019

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