Jeff Cecil began his legal career in 1979 with the Columbus, Ohio law firm of Alexander, Ebinger, Holschuh, Fisher & McAlister in its Business, Real Estate and Probate Department. In December of 1986, he became a Partner with the larger (250+ attorneys) Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP, after the April 1986 merger of Alexander Ebinger with Porter Wright. In June of 1993, Jeff was named Partner in Charge of the Naples Office of Porter, Wright.
Jeff practices in the areas of real estate, estate planning, and estate and trust administration, and represents lenders, real estate developers, and developer/operators of low income housing. He has extensive experience in title insurance and real estate‑based financing issues, including low income family and senior housing and historic tax credits, letter of credit‑enhanced bonds, and HUD housing programs. His work with local and national nonprofit housing groups has included federal tax credit, Community Development Block Grant, and Home Loan projects across the country.
Jeff also works with several charitable organizations, and enjoys assisting visionary individuals in the formation of new tax-exempt organizations and their applications to the IRS for 501(c)(3) status, such as Love In the Name of Christ of South Lee and North Collier Communities (Florida), Bonita Springs Community Prayer Breakfast, the Independent Haitian Church of God, Hope for Families Ministry, and Christy’s Cause. He has served on the Boards of Love INC, the Education Foundation of Collier County, the Collier County Housing Development Corporation, The Naples Art Association, and Junior Achievement. He was President of the Board of Trustees of Community Congregational United Church of Christ (1996 – 2004), and has served Living Waters Church as an Elder since 2007.
Jeff has been influential in assisting Christy’s Cause since its inception and continues to be a tremendous asset to the organization. Christy said, “Jeff’s wisdom and advocate’s heart are readily available whenever we need advice. We wouldn’t be where we are today without him!”
Jeff and his wife Mary Anne live in Bonita Springs and enjoy spending their free time with their two granddaughters.