OCALA – At age 81,
Landis Curry, a lifelong Ocala resident, is still practicing real estate law.
Just last month, he was honored by the Florida Bar for 50 years of
“It just means I am getting
old," Curry told the Florida Record when asked if the
honor had any significance for him.
Far from it.
attorney, who works at Ayres, Cluster, Curry,
McCall, Collins, Bank and McClean PA in Ocala, has no plans to
quit any time soon to enjoy full-time retirement.
One thing is
for sure: Curry has not lost his sense of humor.
“I don’t know; I will play it by ear,” Curry said when he was asked about his retirement
plans. “My health is good and I continue to work at a professional level where
my customers don’t think I have Alzheimer's.”
continues to represent major land developers that have transformed Ocala and
Marion County to more of a bustling metropolis.
represented On Top of the World and a local Toyota dealer. He also has
represented a number of horse owners who were looking to buy or sell their
One of the
biggest transactions was the sale of Mockingbird Farm in Ocala.
represented Harry Mangurian, who used to own the Boston Celtics and the hockey
team in Buffalo, and I represented him in the sale of Mockingbird Farm,” Curry
said. “He won an Eclipse Award (horse racing’s highest honor).”
The professional highlight, though for Curry
was near and dear for every Ocalan. In 1984,
Curry represented the American Broadcasting Co. in the sale of Silver
Springs, Florida’s oldest tourist attraction. Silver Springs is
a group of artesian springs that flow into the Silver River.
represented ABC and we sold the property and several thousand acres around the
property,” Curry said.
another highlight was that Curry was instrumental in moving the Johnny Reb statue to the Ocala-Marion County
Veterans Memorial Park. The statue has a little extra meaning for Curry, who
has a number of relatives who were part of the Confederacy.
means a lot to some people in the community,” he said. “I helped raise $50,000
to make the move.”
joined his current firm in the 1970s; and there was one thing he always thought
about when he was negotiating with county officials while trying to make a deal
for one of his customers.
try to treat everybody with respect, and I expect everybody to treat me with
respect,” Curry said.
law profession has changed quite a bit over the years. There has been an
influx of attorneys and sometimes that is bad for business, he said.
they lack the education or don’t have the proper training,” Curry, who
spent five years in the Navy as a diving specialist, said.
his career, Curry, who graduated from the University of Florida and passed the
bar exam in 1966, has seen the technical advances, and he rolls with the punches with
the advent of the internet and digital media.
it all, though, Curry, who is married with two children and three
grandchildren, remains principled. But
his sense of humor is not too far away either.
“The internet has expedited the process,” Curry said. “It has eliminated the excuse
that we have not gotten your letter yet.”