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Robert S. Freedman

Robert S. Freedman

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Overview

Rob Freedman has represented developers, lenders, and purchasers of developments in Florida and other states for more than 25 years. He has extensive experience in the acquisition, structuring, design, development and operation of residential and commercial condominiums, subdivisions, homeowners associations, community and master associations, master planned communities, mixed-use projects, resort communities, and timeshares, fractionals, and vacation clubs. His experience includes obtaining regulatory approvals for the sale and marketing of projects, working on property management arrangements, preparing the various documents and instruments of record to ensure proper creation of a community and relationships between various parties and project components, and preparing documentation pertaining to various types of mixed-use projects and resorts.

He has extensive expertise with distressed real property assets in Florida, having represented lenders, receivers, successor developers and bulk purchasers on transactional issues, due diligence, structuring to avoid developer liabilities (including use of Florida’s Distressed Condominium Relief Act), state regulatory compliance, foreclosure strategies, acquisition through bankruptcy sales, and association and community operational issues. He also handles general real estate transactions and related matters.

Rob is co-leader of the firm’s Real Estate and Commercial Finance Practice Group,  the Real Estate Industry Group, and the Development Industry Group. He is board certified in Condominium and Planned Development Law.

 

Experience

  • Rob has registered over 290 residential condominium projects of virtually all types in Florida, and has developed numerous mixed-use, commercial and office condominiums, timeshare and fractional use regimes, subdivision projects, and master planned communities and developments throughout Florida and other states.
  • Rob has extensive experience in the design and operation of master planned and resort communities, obtaining regulatory approvals for the sale and marketing of projects, working on property management arrangements, preparing the various documents and instruments of record needed to ensure the proper creation and operation of a residential community or commercial project, preparing documentation pertaining to various types of mixed-use projects and resorts. He advises clients on all matters that might arise prior to completing a community following its creation.

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Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2007-2018)
  • Named a "BTI Client Service All-Star" (2017)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite (2005-2007, 2009, 2011-2012, 2014-2018)
  • Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers, Real Estate (2006-2017)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law (2008-2019)
  • Selected for International Who's Who Legal of Real Estate Attorneys (2010-2012)
  • Listed in The Legal 500 , Real Estate Transactions and Finance

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section 
    • Chair-Elect (2018-2019) 
    • Director, Real Property Division (2016-2018) 
    • Treasurer (2015-2016)
    • Co-Chair, Legislative Review Committee (2014-2015) 
    • Co-Chair, CLE Seminar Coordination Committee (2013-2014) 
    • Chair, CLE Seminar Coordination Committee (2012-2013) 
    • Vice-Chair, Legislative Review Committee (2011-2012) 
    • Chair, Condominium and Planned Development Committee (2007-2011) 
    • Vice-Chair, Condominium and Planned Development Committee (2002-2007) 
    • Member, Executive Council (2002-present)
  • The Florida Bar 
    • Member, Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education (2012-2016) 
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section 
    • Co-chair, Committee on Groups and Substantive Committees (2016-present)
    • Member, Supervisory Council (2012-2018)
    • Chair, Hospitality, Timesharing and Common Interest Development Group (2010-2012) 
    • Vice-Chair, Hospitality, Timesharing and Common Interest Development Group (2008-2010) 
    • Chair, Timesharing and Interval Uses Committee (1998-2005) 
    • Chair, Common Interest Ownership Development Committee (2005-2008) 
    • CLE Program Standing Committee (2005-present) 
    • Committee on Groups and Substantive Standing Committee (2009-present) 
    • Publications Standing Committee (2005-2006) 
    • Technology Standing Committee (2006-2009)
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers 
    • Fellow 
    • Chair of the Programs Committee (2010-2012) 
  • American Resort Development Association 
  • Member, State Legislative Committee
  • Member, Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • The Downtown Corps of Tampa, Trustee (1992-1996)
  • Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County, Inc. 
    • Member, Real Estate Development Committee (2015-present)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Time After Time: The Timeshare Industry Then and Now," American College of Real Estate Lawyers Spring Meeting, Orlando, FL (March 23, 2018).
  • “Ethical and Professional Responsibilities of Community Association Attorneys — Here’s What Not To Do!,” The Florida Bar RPPTL Section’s Condominium and Planned Development Law Certification Review Course, Orlando, FL (February 10, 2018)
  • “The Past, The Present and The Future: Community Deed Restrictions for Boomers, Millennials, Hipsters And Gen-Xrs,” 41st University of Miami Institute on Condominiums and Cluster Development, Boca Raton, FL (October 21, 2016) 
  • “Ethics and Conflicts in the Life Cycle of a Representation: The Beginning, The Middle and The End,” ABA RPTE webinar (October 13, 2016)
  • "Dealing with Ethical Conflicts Should Not Require Revolutionary Thought: Ensuring a United Front and Preventing Revolt," ABA RPTE Spring Symposium, Boston (May 13, 2016)
  • "Ethical and Professional Responsibilities of Community Association Attorneys— Worst Drafted Developer and Community Association Document Provisions and What Not To Do!" 40th University of Miami Institute on Condominiums and Cluster Development, Boca Raton, FL (October 30, 2015)
  • “There’s Nothin’ Illegal About Crossing The Border! – Lessons in the Ethics of Multi-Jurisdictional Practice,” 35th Annual RPPTL Legislative and Case Law Update Seminar, Palm Beach, FL (July 30, 2015)
  • "Ethical Issues and Multi-Jurisdictional Practice: The Good, The Not-So-Good, The Ugly and the Stuff that Will Get You Into Trouble," ABA Real Property, Trusts and Estates Section’s Spring Symposium, Washington (April 30, 2015)
  • "The Condominium Association Turnover — Current Issues Facing Both Association and Developer Counsel," 39th University of Miami Institute on Condominiums and Cluster Development, Boca Raton, FL (October 24, 2014)
  • "Have You 'Flagged' the Issues? The Ethical Duties of Counsel When Structuring and Developing a Branded Condominium Hotel," ABA RPTE Spring Symposia, Chicago (May 2, 2014)
  • "Community Associations From the Good Guys’ Perspective: The Developer’s Viewpoint," 33rd Annual Legislative and Case Law Update, sponsored by the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar, Palm Beach, FL (July 26, 2013)
  • “Ethical Dilemmas Resulting From The Distressed Community/Common Interest Development – Owner, Lender, Association, and Bulk Purchaser Perspective,” 37th Institute on Condominium and Cluster Developments, sponsored by the University of Miami Law School, Miami (October 26, 2012)
  • “Hospitality, Timesharing and Common Interest Developments Group: When is it Better to Receive than Give? The Use of Receiverships for Distressed Hotel and Common Interest Development Projects,” ABA RPTE Spring Symposium, New York (May 3-4, 2012)
  • “Condominium & Planning Development Law,” The Florida Bar’s Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section, Tampa, FL (April 27, 2012)
  • “The Ongoing Soap Opera in the World of ILSA,” Condominium & Planning Development Law, The Florida Bar’s Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section, Tampa, FL (April 27, 2012)
  • “Partial Termination – Good Things Can Happen to Bad Projects,” Condominium & Planning Development Law, The Florida Bar’s Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section, Tampa, FL (April 27, 2012)
  • “Bulk Sales and Purchasers of Distressed Condominium Units,” ALI-ABA Webinar (October 19, 2011)
  • “The Anatomy of a Community Association Turnover Meeting: Best Practices in Planning and Executing a Successful Transition of Control,” ALI-ABA Webinar (October 19, 2011)
  • “The Ethical Duties of Common Interest Communities Counsel in the Age of Economic Distress: Charting the Uncharted Waters and Avoiding the Rocks,” co-presenter and organizer, ABA RPTE Spring Symposium (April 29, 2011)
  • “The (Partial) Termination of the Condominium and Other Assorted Condominium and HOA Morsels,” at the 31st Annual RPPTL Legislative and Case Law Update Seminar, West Palm Beach, FL (August 5, 2011)
  • “Ethical Dilemmas Confronting the Community Association Practitioner in the Successor Developer/Bulk Sales/Distressed Condominium Environment,” University of Miami School of Law Ralph E. Boyer Institutes on Real Property and Condominium Law, 35th Institute on Condominiums and Cluster Developments, Fort Lauderdale, FL (October 22, 2010)
  • “2010 Legislative Changes for Condominiums and Homeowners Associations - Important Aspects for Brokers, Agents and Salespersons,” Florida Realtors Association Annual Convention, Legislative and Regulatory Business Issues and Attainable/Workforce Housing subcommittees, Orlando, FL (August 27, 2010)
  • “How Do You Spell Relief: The Distressed Condominium Relief Act,” 30th Annual RPPTL Legislative and Case Law Update Seminar, Palm Beach, FL (August 6, 2010)
  • “Distressed Assets and Workouts,” Central Florida Real Estate Council Annual Legislative Update Meeting, Orlando, FL (June 25, 2010)
  • “Distressed Assets and Workouts in 2010,” ABA Real Property, Trusts and Estate Law Section Spring Symposium, Philadelphia (May 7, 2010)
  • “Annual Four-Sided Roundtable Discussion,” Current Issues in Condominium and Community Association Law: What All Practitioners Need to Know Seminar, The Condominium and Planned Development Committee of The Florida Bar, Tampa, FL (April 16, 2010)
  • “Developer Controlled Dysfunctional Associations,” Current Issues in Condominium and Community Association Law: What All Practitioners Need to Know Seminar, The Condominium and Planned Development Committee of The Florida Bar, Tampa, FL (April 16, 2010)
  • “Lessons Learned Through the Recession: The Far Reaching Impacts of Inadequate Drafting on Communities in Distress - Ethical Considerations,” University of Miami School of Law Ralph E. Boyer Institutes on Real Property and Condominium Law, 34th Institute on Condominiums and Cluster Developments, Fort Lauderdale, FL (October 16, 2009)
  • “Condos & Planned Communities: Bulk Sale of Units, Homes & Lots in Today’s Shifting Economy,” ALI-ABA webinar (January 13, 2009)
  • “The Concept of Control of the Condominium Association for Developers, Lenders & Bulk Purchasers: Does It Really Matter?” University of Miami School of Law Ralph E. Boyer Institutes on Real Property and Condominium Law, 33rd Institute on Condominiums and Cluster Developments, Fort Lauderdale, FL (October 17, 2008)
  • “The New Age of Condominium Workouts - Perspectives from All Angles and the Tremendous Potential for Disaster,” ABA Real Property, Trusts and Estate Law Section Spring Symposium (May 1, 2008)
  • “Condominium in a Condominium: Thinking Inside and Outside of the Box,” Current Issues in Community Association Law for Developers: What You Don’t Know May Hurt You! Seminar, The Condominium and Planned Development Committee of The Florida Bar (April 11, 2008)
  • “Distressed Condominium Projects: A Survival Guide in Uncertain Financial Times,” ALI-ABA webinar (March 4, 2008)
  • “Condominium Workouts - A Survival Guide,” ALI-ABA webinar (January 2008)
  • “The Ethical Duties of Developer's Counsel: Duties, Pitfalls and Consequences,” University of Miami School of Law Ralph E. Boyer Institutes on Real Property and Condominium Law, 32nd Institute on Condominiums and Cluster Developments (November 1, 2007)
  • “Alternative Structures for Mixed Hotel Condominiums,” ABA Real Property, Probate and Trust Law/Taxation Joint Fall CLE Meeting, Vancouver (September 28, 2007)
  • “Commercial Condominium Update – Drafting for Non-Residential Condominiums,” University of Miami School of Law Ralph E. Boyer Institutes on Real Property and Condominium Law, 31st Institute on Condominiums and Cluster Developments (October 19, 2006)

Pro Bono

  • Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County, Inc.
    • Assisted in real estate transactional matters
  • Project H.E.L.P. Clinic, Metropolitan Ministries
    • Legal counseling and placement services for indigent and low-income families
  • Center for Affordable Housing
    • Development of an affordable housing townhome subdivision

Credentials

Education
  • Stetson University College of Law (J.D., 1990)
  • Duke University (A.B., 1987)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • Florida State Courts

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