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Laurie L. Gildan's wide-ranging experience in real estate includes representing home builders in land acquisition, land banking, project development, and disposition; office building owners in acquisition, leasing, building operation, and disposition; and investors in all categories of commercial real estate. Laurie also has the unique distinction of having been a registered baseball agent.


  • Land acquisition and financing
  • Leasing
  • Land banking
  • Purchases and sales of commercial properties
  • Purchases and sales of luxury residences



  • Representation of publicly traded national homebuilder in over 300 land acquisition and disposition deals.
  • Representation of publicly traded national homebuilder in acquisitions of several private homebuilding companies.
  • Representation of real estate fund in $500,000,000 acquisition of multi-state industrial portfolio.
  • Representation of major New York-based real estate investor in purchase and sale of Florida office buildings. 
  • Representation of privately owned national homebuilder in acquisition and development of multiple residential projects.
  • Representation of private real estate investor in over 60 acquisitions of land for residential development projects.
  • Representation of private equity fund real estate manager in sales, purchases and leasing of office and retail projects.
  • Representation of land bankers in acquisition/option transactions and workouts.
  • Representation of joint venture between private and public homebuilders for the acquisition and redevelopment of a former golf course.
  • Representation of high-net-worth individuals in purchase and sale of luxury homes.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyer," 2020-2021 
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law; Litigation - Real Estate, 2009-2024
    • Selected, The Best Lawyers - West Palm Beach Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, 2012, 2021, and 2024
  • Listed, Boca Raton Observer, "Top Lawyers," 2022-2023
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2015-2019
  • Listed, Acritas Stars™ Independently Rated Lawyers, “Star Lawyers,” 2018-2020
  • Recognized, Palm Beach Illustrated, "Top Lawyers," 2018 and 2020-2023
  • Team Member, Chambers & Partners USA Real Estate Law Firm of the Year, 2010, 2013, 2017-2018, and 2022
  • Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, "Law Firm of the Year" in Real Estate Law, 2015
  • Team Member, Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2011-2013, 2015, and 2022
  • Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, "Top Tier" Firm in Real Estate, 2013 and 2014
  • Recipient, "Women of Grace" award, Bethesda Hospital Foundation, 2012
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Member, South Florida Builders Association, 2023-Present
  • Board Member, Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law, Brain & Behavior, 2014-Present
  • Board Member, Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition, 2000-Present
    • Recipient, Board Member of the Year Award, 2008
    • Chair, 2004-2006
  • Board Member, Suncoast High School Foundation, 2006-2012
    • President, 2010-2011
  • Board Member, Palm Beach County Cultural Council, 1999-2003
    • Chair, 2002-2003
  • Board Member, Florida Stage, 1987-2005
    • Chair, 1993-2001
  • Founding Board Member, Commercial Real Estate Women of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast


  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1985
  • B.S., magna cum laude, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, 1982
  • Florida