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Robert R. McDonald has wide ranging experience in transactional matters, and focuses his practice on real estate and financial institution matters, representing domestic and foreign lenders, borrowers, investors, developers, landlords and tenants. In addition to a thriving real estate practice, Robert practices in the areas of wills and trusts, probating estates, the purchase and sale of businesses, and contractual matters with state agencies.


  • Construction, permanent, mezzanine, bridge and conduit loan financings
  • Loan workouts and restructures
  • Loan participations and loan and portfolio sales and acquisitions
  • Sales and acquisitions of commercial real estate
  • Leasing



  • Multiple representations of borrowers and lenders in various multimillion dollar acquisition, construction and operating loan financings.
  • Multiple representations of sellers and or buyers of the sale or acquisition of different commercial facilities.
  • Represented private entities in negotiations of leases and other contracts with various state agencies and other private entities.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2009-2024
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Tallahassee Real Estate Law, 2013
  • Team Member, Chambers & Partners USA Real Estate Law Firm of the Year, 2010, 2013, 2017-2018, and 2022
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, "Law Firm of the Year" in Real Estate Law, 2015
  • Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, "Top Tier" Firm in Real Estate, 2013 and 2014
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2011-2013, 2015, and 2022
  • 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.

  • Ex Officio member of Board of Trustees and of Finance Committee, and Treasurer, and Past Lay Leader, Trinity United Methodist Church     
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Member, Real Property section
  • Member, The Florida Bar
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Business Law Section, Financial Institutions and Commercial Litigation Committees
  • Steering Committee, which compiled "Business Litigation in Florida," a publication of The Florida Bar
  • Member, Economic Club of Florida
  • Member, St. Andrews Society of Tallahassee


  • J.D., with honors, Florida State University College of Law, 1983
  • B.A., Business Administration, Vanderbilt University, 1979
  • Florida