Babette L. Ashley is a Partner in the Jacksonville office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group.

With over 35 years of experience, Babette’s practice encompasses all aspects of commercial real estate development. She represents buyers, sellers, developers and lenders in complex acquisitions, dispositions, development, leasing and financing transactions.

Babette’s representative experience includes extensive commercial real estate transactions and developments, including matters related to zoning, land use, growth management, developments of regional impact, planned unit developments, subdivision plats, preparation of declarations and association documentation for master planned developments, condominiums, concurrency, impact/mobility fees, other exactions, entitlements, vested rights, state and local lobbying, industrial parks, shopping centers and office complex sales, purchases, leasing and financing, cross-easement and multi-owner agreements, due diligence work, closings, title examinations and policy issuance.

Her environmental experience includes addressing environmental issues and permitting related to real property acquisitions and development, obtaining federal, state and local permits associated with development, including wetlands permitting, mitigation and conservation easements, compliance, contaminated site assessment, remediation, no further action/restrictive covenant agreements and other permitting negotiations and work with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, applicable Water Management District, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Babette has represented Fortune 500 transportation and insurance companies with extensive land holdings in complex transactions, including all development work for the second oldest development of regional impact in the State of Florida, involving over 5,000 acres of multi-use land. She has also represented a large number of other national, regional and local developers and lending institutions throughout Florida.



  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 1983
    • Stetson Law Review, Author – Case Note, Contract Law (12 Stetson Law Review 282)
  • Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Doctoral Work, International Law, 1981
  • Middlebury College, M.A., 1979
  • Wellesley College, B.A., 1978

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Professional and Civic

  • The Florida Bar
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • City of Jacksonville Civil Service, Board Member (16+ years)
  • Daniel (the oldest child services agency in the State of Florida)
  • The Junior League of Jacksonville
  • Wellesley College, NE Florida Alumnae Admissions Representative

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News & Speaking Engagements

Industry Focus


  •  Chambers & Partners, USA: Real Estate
  • Jacksonville Magazine Northeast Florida, Best Lawyer, Zoning, Planning and Land Use
  • Jacksonville Magazine Northeast Florida, Most Prominent Lobbyists in Northeast Florida

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