About

Attorneys Leigh Fletcher and Tina Fischer established Rising Tide Innovation Center to meet the needs of small business owners, entrepreneurs, veterans, solo professionals, and STEM start-ups for a professional collaborative workspace in St. Petersburg.


We are developing a community of like-minded people who want to grow their businesses and who are looking for the resources to succeed.  We have located our law office in Rising Tide Innovation Center because we are committed to being part of the entrepreneurial community in downtown St. Petersburg.  We look forward to connecting with you and coworking together in the future.

Our People


Leigh K. Fletcher

Co-Founder

Leigh Kellett Fletcher has been practicing land use, environmental and real estate law since 1997 and regularly represents clients acquiring, developing and selling real estate in Florida and the U. S. Virgin Islands. She has been involved in the purchase, sale and redevelopment of multi-family residential projects, office, commercial and mixed use properties and has worked with clients to obtain land use entitlements and environmental permits to develop and expand commercial development. She frequently works with clients acquiring environmentally contaminated properties and assists them with obtaining brownfield designations and completing remediation and development of those properties.

Leigh works with developers, lenders and government agencies structuring public/private partnerships and obtaining entitlements and environmental permits to facilitate redevelopment of contaminated properties, blighted neighborhoods and distressed projects. Ms. Fletcher also assists clients with due diligence, land acquisition, land use entitlement and development infrastructure financing.

Tina Fischer

Co-Founder

Tina Fischer represents developers and small and medium-sized businesses as outside corporate and real estate counsel. She also represents landlords and tenants in commercial lease transactions and provides assistance to clients with land acquisition and disposition, due diligence, environmental permitting, and negotiation of land use approvals, master development agreements, interlocal agreements and public/private partnership agreements.

Many of Tina’s clients are building businesses that require the acquisition of land. Tina offers the flexibility and experience to work with smaller clients who need large firm expertise at smaller firm rates. Tina gets great satisfaction helping business owners who are not at a “big firm” level, but need the same experience and service to get there. Helping small business grow through land acquisition is Tina’s forte.

Tina is also the go-to person in Tampa for residential real estate-related issues. For clients with boundary and property rights disputes, Tina works to resolve problems before they escalate. Tina has a strong dispute resolution focus and can successfully help homeowners live happily and harmoniously with neighbors.

For commercial and retail clients including office complexes, retail stores, and restaurants, Tina works with local land use and zoning agencies to secure approvals necessary to establish and operate their businesses. Tina also assists commercial clients to resolve code enforcement issues, and other areas including landlord tenant disputes.

Tina is a member of the National Association of Development Companies (NADCO), and assists Community Development Corporations and small business owners in securing Small Business Administration financing. For small business clients, Tina reviews SBA documents, handles the loan closing, and provides ongoing advice on interpreting terms of the loan. With her CDC clients, Tina works closely with borrower’s counsel on the development of loan documentation and closing the transaction.

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Shannon Tichy

Community Operations Manager

Shannon is the Community Manager at Rising Tide Innovation Center in St. Petersburg. Shannon started out as the Legal Assistant for one of our members, Fletcher & Fischer, P.L., but soon ventured out and started getting involved with our Community. Shannon spends her time with her family (especially her baby boy Benjamin), boating, and going on adventures around the world. Shannon enjoys helping others and hopes to create the BEST Co-working Environment at Rising Tide Innovation Center.

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