Mark Bentley, PA

About Mark Bentley

Mark Bentley, Esquire, AICP

Mark received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in political science and Master of Arts with honors in political science, emphasizing public administration, both from the University of Florida in 1980 and 1982, respectively. Mark went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law, where he served as Associate Editor of the Law Review, graduating cum laude in 1987. Before engaging in the practice of law, Mark served in the U.S. Marine Corps, worked as a Planner for Hillsborough County, and was Planning Director for the City of Oldsmar, Florida. In 1989, Mark achieved membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He is one of the few lawyers in the state of Florida who has achieved this prestigious designation.

Mark is Board Certified by The Florida Bar as an expert in City, County, and Local Government Law. Board certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar, and recognizes an attorney’s special knowledge, skills, and proficiency, along with professionalism and ethics in practice. Mark’s expertise included eminent domain litigation, land use, zoning, mediation, noise regulation, and governmental and administrative law. Mark has represented numerous private property owners against various condemning authorities around the state, as well as various governmental entities in land use.

Mark received the highest peer review rating of AV published by the Martindale-Hubbell attorney directory. Mark was chosen as a Florida SuperLawyer from 2008-2012. SuperLawyers are nominated by their peers in recognition of their professional accomplishments. Mark has also been selected by Best Lawyers® in 2011, 2012 and 2013 to be recognized in both their national and regional Best Lawyers publications. Mark was also recognized for his achievements by Florida Trend magazine and was chosen as a 2010 Legal Elite. Locally, Mark has been recognized as one of Tampa Bay’s Best Lawyers in 2010 by Tampa Bay Magazine as well as included in 2012 Tampa’s Top Rated Lawyers, an achievement that exclusively recognizes “AV” rated attorneys.

Along with his representation of clients concerning property rights and land use matters, Mark presently is also an adjunct professor teaching land use law for the University of South Florida’s Urban and Regional Planning Master’s Degree Program. He also serves as a special master involving disputed land use cases under Florida’s Land Use and Environmental Dispute Resolution Act. Mark is also a frequent speaker at various seminars and events locally and nationally.

Mark is very active within the community. He was Chairman of the Ybor City Development Corporation Board of Directors from 2001 to 2002, which is a non-profit organization established by the City of Tampa to coordinate redevelopment in Ybor City’s Historic District, and Mark is still very active with this organization. Mark is also a member of the Board of Directors of Central Park Village Youth Services, Inc., which is also a non-profit corporation assisting in providing educational opportunities for disadvantaged children.

Mark is also involved in the Sun Coast Section, Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association and has been recognized for his service with two awards – the 2009 Planner of the Year Award and the 2006 Distinguished Service Award. These awards are given to individuals who have had an outstanding career in planning and have made significant contributions to the planning profession.

Mark Bentley, P.A. - Attorneys at Law - One Tampa City Center, Suite 1650 - 201 N. Franklin Street Tampa, Florida 33602
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