The Mission of SJW Law Group, PLLC
Scott J. Wortman, Esq.
Scott J. Wortman, Esq., the founding partner of SJW Law Group, PLLC, strives to be unique. Among his peers in the legal community, his clientele, and the Florida Bar he has been recognized as a specialist and expert in the areas of Real Estate Law and Condominium and Planned Development Law. Mr. Wortman is one of a select few attorneys in the State of Florida who have received Board Certification status from the Florida Bar in these two legal disciplines.
Mr. Wortman represents several dozen homeowners’ associations and condominium associations throughout the State of Florida with regard to all their community association legal needs. Throughout his career, Mr. Wortman has represented Buyers and Sellers in thousands of commercial and real estate transactions from the small mobile home purchase to the multi-million-dollar complex purchase and sale.
Mr. Wortman has represented numerous financial institutions with regard to their commercial loan transactions. He has drafted, negotiated, and advised small and mid-size corporations as involving corporate governance, preparation of shareholder agreements, buy-sell agreements, dissolution and liquidation issues as well as engaged in sensitive litigation involving various real estate, contract and corporate disputes.
Frequently Mr. Wortman is called upon to lecture on various condominium and homeowners’ association topics, providing legislative updates to community association Boards of Directors and property management groups. Yet, in spite of his extensive experience and high honor of achieving dual Florida Bar Board Certifications, SJW Law Group, PLLC provides premiere practical and effective legal services to its clientele at consistently affordable rates. Mr. Wortman’s clientele commonly rely upon his legal acumen for years, finding him to be that rare combination of the highest level of legal representation, the consistent practice of immediately returning a phone call or email, and providing reasonable and flexible payment arrangements.
Scott J. Wortman’s Career
With roots from central New Jersey, Scott attended Tufts University for his undergraduate work, achieving high honors in his major of Political Science. He obtained his juris doctorate degree in 1994 from New York Law School in New York, New York. After graduation, Scott became a licensed attorney in New York and New Jersey and obtained the prestigious position of judicial law clerk to the Honorable Marguerite T. Simon, Superior Court Judge in Bergen County, New Jersey.
In 2000, Mr. Wortman relocated to Florida and became a licensed attorney continuing to grow his skillset at large and small law ﬁrms throughout Palm Beach County. Mr. Wortman is frequently tapped to serve as an expert witness on various legal issues by fellow attorneys in Palm Beach County. He is active in the community in which he lives, previously serving as the ﬁrst President of the Board of Directors within his homeowners’ association, enjoying ten (10) years as a little league baseball coach, was a Special Magistrate on the Value Adjustment Board for Palm Beach County, and a member of the Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals within the Village of Wellington.
- Florida Bar Licensed Attorney
- Florida Bar Board Certiﬁed Condominium and Planned Development Law Attorney
- Florida Bar Board Certiﬁed Real Estate Law Attorney
- Admitted United Stated Supreme Court
- Admitted United States District Court Southern District of Florida
- Admitted United States District Court Middle District of Florida
- Admitted United States District Court Northern District of Florida
- Admitted to practice in State of New Jersey (inactive)
- Admitted to practice in State of New York (inactive)
Beneﬁts to a Florida Bar Certiﬁed Attorney
What Does Board Certiﬁed Specialist or Board Certiﬁed Expert Mean For A Florida Lawyer?
The terms Board Certiﬁed Specialist (B.C.S.) and Board Certiﬁed Expert mean that a Florida lawyer has special knowledge, skills and proﬁciency in a speciﬁc ﬁeld of law. In Florida, only board certiﬁed lawyers may identify themselves by using these terms or the board certiﬁcation logo.
Florida Bar board certiﬁed lawyers have been evaluated as to their ability and experience in their practice ﬁelds and professionalism within the legal community.
Florida Bar board certiﬁed specialists are legal experts dedicated to professional excellence.
What Is Required For A Lawyer To Become A Florida Bar Board Certiﬁed Specialist?
- Be an active member in good standing of The Florida Bar
- Practice law for a minimum of ﬁve years
- Complete approved legal education programs
- Demonstrate substantial experience in the specialty area
- Be favorably evaluated by judges and other lawyers as to competency and professionalism in the specialty ﬁelds
- Pass a written examination in the specialty area
Florida Bar Board Certiﬁed Real Estate Lawyers
Real estate lawyers deal with matters relating to ownership and rights in real property including, but not limited to, the examination of titles, real estate conveyances and other transfers, leases, sales and other transactions involving real estate condominiums, cooperatives, property owners associations and planned developments, internal ownership, zoning and land use planning regulation, real estate development and ﬁnancing, real estate litigation, and the determination of property rights.
Florida Bar Board Certiﬁed Condominium and Planned Development Lawyers
Condominium and planned development law is the practice of law that involves serving as counsel to community associations, property owners, sellers, purchasers, developers, lenders, governmental agencies, drafting governing documents, construction liens and defect claims.