David M. Layman

David M. Layman


David M. Layman has concentrated his practice in commercial real estate transactions and land use law for more than 30 years.


  • Commercial real estate
  • Land use law



  • Represented the developer of the ultra-luxury condominium, The Bristol, in West Palm Beach, in all land acquisition and in the closing of its $206 million construction loan.
  • Represented affiliate of Amirsaleh Family Trust in $19.5 million purchase of Via Bice, on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach.
  • Represented purchasers and sellers of billions of dollars of commercial properties.
  • Represented developers of condominium projects, including the ultra-luxury Il Lugano, in Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Represented affiliates of ESG Companies in the purchase of over 27 square miles in Hendry County, Florida, and the subsequent sale of 12 square miles, with a total transaction value of over $250 million.
  • Represented national banks in over a billion dollars of commercial real estate loans, including the closing of a $145 million development and construction loan for a national bank on a large residential resort development in Palm Beach County, Florida.
  • Represented the purchaser of numerous resorts and hotels, including the Holiday Isle Resort in the Florida Keys and the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Represented CSC Union Square Ltd. in a $58 million refinancing of the Union Square apartment complex in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with Deutsche Bank Mortgage Capital.
    Involved in the purchase of a regional mall with a price of over $200 million.
  • Represented national banks in environmental matters, including the removal of underground storage tanks, cleanup of contaminated soil, and financial reimbursement from the State of Florida.
  • Represented buyers and sellers of multi-million dollar homes.
  • Represented parties to construction contracts, including the owner of a $19 million office tower.
  • Represented a large landowner in all office, industrial and warehouse leasing in Palm Beach and Broward Counties in Florida.
  • Represented a national bank in a favorable property tax appeal, in which the assessment of property was reduced from almost $8 million to approximately $100,000.
  • Represented the City of West Palm Beach, Florida, in drafting its Concurrency Management Ordinance.

  • Represented owners of various projects in land use and zoning matters before local and state governments, including obtaining a binding determination that two projects were not DRIs.
  • Represented various landowners in condemnation matters.

Recognition & Leadership

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2010-2019
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Real Estate Law, West Palm Beach, 2010 and 2016
  • Team Member, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2010, 2013, and 2017-2018
  • Recognized, Palm Beach Illustrated, "Top Lawyers," 2018
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, "Law Firm of the Year" in Real Estate Law, 2015
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2011-2013 and 2015
  • Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, "Top Tier" Firm in Real Estate, 2013 and 2014
  • Recipient, "Pro Bono Award" for Nonprofit Law, Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society, 2008
  • Listed, Leading American Attorneys
  • Listed, Who's Who in America
  • Listed, Who's Who in American Law
  • Listed, Who's Who in the South and Southwest
  • 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.

  • Trustee, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches
  • Board Member, The Children's Place at Home Safe, Inc.; a facility which provides housing and centralized intervention services for children who are the victims of sexual and physical abuse, 1997-present


  • J.D., with honors, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1979
    • Chief Tax Editor of the Law Review
    • Vice President of Florida Blue Key
  • B.A., with high honors, University of Florida, 1977
    • Sigma Chi Fraternity
  • Florida