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Forrest A. Ragsdale focuses his practice on commercial real estate and hospitality matters. He provides counsel to REITs, investment funds, developers, lenders and other clients regarding the acquisition, disposition, management, leasing, financing and development of hotel, resort, office, medical, retail, condominium and mixed-use properties.


  • Acquisition, development, finance and disposition of hotels, resorts, and branded mixed-use hotel, residence and condo-hotel projects
  • Hotel management and franchise agreements
  • Restaurant leases and operating agreements
  • Commercial, ground and net lease agreements
  • Lender representation in hospitality asset financings, including cash management agreements, mortgage and mezzanine financings, intercreditor agreements, SNDAs, and comfort letters



  • Represented Intursa, a subsidiary of Breca, in an agreement with U.S. property management firm Highgate, to manage six Peruvian Hotels.
  • Judicial Intern, Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, Florida Supreme Court, Spring 2015

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, a Law360 “Hospitality Practice Group of the Year,” 2021
  • Team Member, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2017-2018
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2015 and 2022
  • Member, Central Florida Young Professionals Advisory Council
  • Member, Winter Park Chamber of Commerce


  • J.D., Florida State University College of Law, 2015
  • B.S., cum laude, Florida State University, 2012
  • Florida