MAKE NO MISTAKE: JEFFREY W. WARREN COULD TELL
LOTS OF WAR STORIES.
Widely considered one of the best bankruptcy
lawyers in Florida, he has a list of accomplishments
that includes going before the U.S. Supreme Court (and
winning), representing volatile New York Yankees owner
George Steinbrenner (in a bet-the-company case), and
representing defrauded investors in a string of only-in-Florida Ponzi schemes. And before he was a lawyer,
Warren was helping defuse campus confrontations as
a University of Florida student leader in the late 1960s
and early 1970s.
But this intensely private man is just not comfortable
talking about himself. Still, on a springlike January
morning, Warren, 67, stands on the crow’s nest atop
his law firm’s three-story Spanish colonial-style office
building and tells a visitor with quiet pride about the
full-service business law firm that he, more than anyone
else, has built. And he explains in his soft North Florida
drawl how he and his firm, Bush Ross, helped redevelop
the depressed Tampa Heights neighborhood north of
downtown Tampa, where they relocated eight years ago.
Warren, built like the small linebacker he used to
be at UF, points out a just-dedicated park beside his
building that his firm helped plan and fund. Nearby is
the old city water works structure that reopened last
fall as a popular new restaurant. Across the street is
the Mediterranean Revival-style building where Stetson
University College of Law located its satellite campus a
few years before Bush Ross moved in next door. Stetson
shares the building with the Tampa branch of the 2nd
District Court of Appeal.