Brenda Ezell, founding partner and shareholder of the Ezell Law Firm, graduated summa cum laude from Jacksonville University and earned her J.D. with honors from the University of Florida. Prior to establishing the Ezell Law Firm in 2009, Ms. Ezell practiced at Rogers Towers and Edwards Cohen, two of Northeast Florida’s most respected law firms. She also served as an Assistant General Counsel to the City of Jacksonville, gaining broad experience in land use, zoning, and regulatory matters and representing numerous government agencies.
A native of Detroit, Ms. Ezell became interested in the law during a stint as a legal specialist for the U.S. Army JAG Corps. Although military life quickly lost its appeal for Ezell, a former high school ROTC student, she realized that a legal career offered endless opportunities for service and lifelong learning. Her broad experience as an attorney has provided both.
Ms. Ezell has experience as counsel to buyers and sellers, developers, lenders, borrowers, and agencies at all levels of government in various types of commercial real estate transactions. Her areas of expertise include commercial transactions such as purchase and sale, leasing, lending and title insurance as well as regulatory matters, land development, easements and servitudes, covenants and restrictions, and corporate and business association law. Ms. Ezell also has experience in business and public finance transactions, economic and industrial development, and community redevelopment programs including tax incentives, tax-exempt financing and public-private partnerships.
An active community trustee, Ms. Ezell is a member and immediate past chair of the Board of Directors for OneJax, a member of the Board of Directors for the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute. A former member of the boards of HabiJax and Lutheran Social Services, she is also immediate past president of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Jacksonville and is an alumna of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2012. In addition, she served on the City of Jacksonville’s Mobility Plan Task Force from 2010-2011 and was a member of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission from 2008-2010. She was named a Woman of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal in 2011.
Ms. Ezell is a member of the Jacksonville and American Bar Associations, the Florida Bar Attorney-Realtor Joint Committee and the Executive Council of the Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, for which she serves as secretary of its Landlord Tenant Committee. She was selected as a Florida Bar Leadership Academy Fellow in 2013. In addition, Ms. Ezell is a member of Phi Delta Phi, a life member of the UF Alumni Association and a member of the Gateway Girl Scout Council. She is married and has two children.