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Jim Scavo is a member of Taylor English’s Resort, Hotel and Hospitality practice group and is nationally recognized for his representation of clients involved in the resort, recreational property, real estate and travel industry. His clients include developers, marketers, brokers and managers of multi location vacation clubs, timeshare and fractional developments, destination and travel clubs, cruise club/use offerings, golf course and country club communities, condominiums, residential second homes, subdivisions and exchange companies. He serves as lead outside regulatory counsel for some of the leading fractional and timeshare developers operating in the United States while as well assisting many start up enterprises in the resort industry. He is well known for his origination of the legal work on many innovative resort products offered in the United States, some of which have grown to be industry leaders, including multi location timeshare vacation clubs, the point based Exchange Company concept and the establishment of many diverse club products, including destination clubs, travel clubs, cruise related clubs and internet based resort/vacation club offerings.

Mr. Scavo offers his clients a full range of legal services including assistance in project acquisition and development, financing, creation of resort plan documents, workouts of troubled projects, conversion of projects into fractional arrangements, registration and licensing filings with regulatory authorities, and providing legal advice in respect to compliance with state and federal marketing regulations. He has served as lead defense counsel to resort marketers and developers on regulatory challenges throughout the United States and has served as regulatory counsel in a resort transaction which was in excess of $2 billion.

Mr. Scavo was the founder of his prior law firm, Weinstock and Scavo, P.C. and its nationally known Resort and Hospitality Group. After more than 25 years at his former firm, he joined Taylor English. Mr. Scavo received his law degree from St. John’s University in New York in 1976 where he was a member and editor of the St. John’s Law Review. He is a frequent speaker and author in respect to topics regarding resorts and the travel industry. He is a routine instructor for Continuing Legal Education for attorneys, and the author of many law review and trade journal articles regarding resort and regulated real estate. Mr. Scavo maintains his office both in Savannah and Atlanta.

 

Accolades

  • Editorial Board, St. John’s University Law Review
  • Dean Emeritus, Professional Management Development Program (CAI)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Chair, Atlanta Bar Association Real Estate Section
  • Editor of Atlanta Bar Association, “Ask the Attorney” newspaper column.
  • Editor, Savannah Morning News, “Ask the Attorney” newspaper column.