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Chambers USA Recognizes Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed Attorneys and Practices

May 25, 2017

Orlando, FL -- Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. is pleased to announce that the 2017 edition of Chambers USA, a highly regarded directory of America's leading lawyers for business, has once again recognized several firm practice areas and individual lawyers with top rankings. The following attorneys have been recognized for 2017 as “Leaders in their Field”: Aaron Gorovitz, Hal Kantor, Joe Lane, Michael Ryan, Miranda Fitzgerald and Richard J Fildes. Chambers USA also ranked the firm in the areas of Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use and Real Estate.

Chambers published the following about the firm and the notable attorneys:

What the team is known for Provides a comprehensive service to clients active in the real estate industry. Widely recognized as one of the state's leading firms in the land use and zoning sphere. Other areas of focus include portfolio and single asset acquisitions, dispositions, development and leasing. Particular strength in the Orlando market.

Strengths The firm is recognized for its connections in the local market: "They're very good. In the local community in Orlando, they're extremely well established, and they carry a lot of clout and credibility when you take them with you to meetings."

Another source reports: "They are super-smart, well organized and very connected within the arena they operate in. I think their depth of talent is the envy of the rest of the competitive law firms."

Work highlights Advised CNL Lifestyle Properties on the $763 million disposal of a portfolio of 38 senior living properties across 15 states, including counseling on associated service agreements and leasing.

Acted for Beach Line South Residential to obtain City of Orlando approvals for an $800 million, mixed-use development, informally named Project Starwood. The development plans for 6,600 residential units as well as commercial, office and school space.

Significant clients AHG Group, Consolidated-Tomoka Land, Rida Development Corporation, Park Square Enterprises, Pioneers International.

Notable practitioners

Richard Fildes is recognized for his excellence in real estate acquisitions, dispositions, development and finance, most notably with respect to the hotel, sports and entertainment sectors. He is co-chair of the firm's hospitality and leisure group.

Aaron Gorovitz impresses with his handling of a broad range of transactional real estate matters. He recently advised home builder Park Square Enterprises on the $59 million acquisition, and subsequent financing, of 16 vacant sites intended for residential development.

Michael Ryan advises owners, developers and lenders in connection with real estate financing, acquisitions, sales and leases. He recently acted for the University of Central Florida on the $160 million development, alongside joint venture partner HCA, of a teaching hospital in the Lake Nona region.

Miranda Fitzgerald serves as co-chair of the firm's government approvals and land use department. She recently took a lead role for Beach Line South Residential on Project Starwood, a mixed-use development containing residential, commercial, office and school space in the City of Orlando. Sources say: "She has an excellent reputation, a balanced approach, and is very thoughtful and strategic."

Hal Kantor is a hugely experienced and widely venerated figure in the land use and zoning space. He continues to offer clients the benefit of his enormous expertise in this area, and retains a "very good reputation" among market sources.

Chambers identifies the leading lawyers and law firms worldwide in multiple practice areas through surveys and interviews with clients and lawyers. Rankings assess qualities including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence and commitment. The Chambers USA guide is published by London-based Chambers and Partners. Chambers Guides are rapidly becoming a trusted industry resource. Complete rankings can be found online at www.chambersandpartners.com.

Founded in Orlando, Florida in 1969, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., is a multi-discipline business law firm. Our attorneys represent corporate, entrepreneurial and individual clients across a myriad of industries locally, nationally and beyond our borders, from offices in Orlando, Mount Dora and Melbourne, and through Meritas, an established global alliance of independent law firms offering local insight, local rates and world-class client service. LOCAL ROOTS. BROAD REACH. SM www.lowndes-law.com.


Aaron

For more than 30 years, Aaron Gorovitz's law practice has centered around large and complex commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate projects throughout Central Florida.

Aaron is often involved in site selection and due diligence, and is lead counsel in the procurement of Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs), transit-oriented development, comprehensive plan designations, zonings and other governmental approvals and entitlements. He also formulates public/private partnerships, and takes a lead role in the development, financing and leasing of projects.

Under Aaron’s leadership, the firm’s Land Use, Zoning & Environmental Group was involved in many of the most recognizable public-private partnership projects in Central Florida, including the Amway Center, the CNL Center at City Commons, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Orlando Citrus Bowl, to name a few.

Most often, he finds himself in the role of an all-around trusted advisor to some of Central Florida’s largest developers and philanthropists. “It’s a role that I am completely comfortable with,” says Aaron. “I have always been committed to the success and development of my clients,” he continues, “putting their agendas before my own. I try to do more listening than talking, so that I know what issues and concerns keep them awake at night.” It is that allegiance to his clients that has contributed to Aaron’s numerous recognitions — and the foundation for the relationships he has developed.

“I believe that my clients’ trust extends beyond doing good work,” Aaron explains. “It is a deeper, broader trust that is based on both professional competence and personal relationships, and I am forever grateful for that trust.”

Chambers USA (2017)* reports that Aaron impresses with his handling of a broad range of transactional real estate matters. He recently advised home builder Park Square Enterprises on the $59 million acquisition, and subsequent financing, of 16 vacant sites intended for residential development.

In addition to his busy law practice, Aaron is deeply involved in his community. As the former chair of the Central Florida Partnership (CFP), he traveled to Washington D.C. with other CFP regional leaders last year to help advance Central Florida’s growing industries: hospitality, travel and tourism, research funding and entrepreneurship. As a member of CFP’s Core Strategy Group, he spent countless hours working side-by-side with community leaders to bring SunRail to Central Florida. Along with chairing the CFP’s Transportation Task Force, Aaron chaired many of the CFP’s committees addressing other key regional issues, including capital, homelessness and water, among others.

His long-time commitment to the community has also included involvement in a number of organizations,  including serving on the board of directors for the Community Foundation of Central Florida, the executive committee of the Jewish National Fund and the American Diabetes Association’s Father’s Day Council.

Aaron has received numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to the community, both in business and for his charitable work. He is always raising his hand in service with quiet strength and unwavering commitment.

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Michael

Michael Ryan’s clients are optimistic visionaries who have helped to build Central Florida into the thriving community it is today.


From his representation of the Orange County Research and Development Authority which acquired, financed, developed, managed and marketed the highly successful 1,000-plus-acre Central Florida Research Park, to the University of Central Florida’s planned teaching hospital at Lake Nona and their downtown campus in Orlando Creative Village, Mike and his clients have had a hand in many of the significant projects that have shaped this Central Florida community.

With years of experience representing developers and lenders in complex real estate transactions, Mike’s problem-solving and organizational skills, his industry knowledge, and his dedication to client service have proved invaluable to his clients.

Mike had not always planned for a career as a real estate lawyer. In college, he studied mathematics and enjoyed subjects such as linear algebra, differential equations and complex analysis. He also had a passion for government studies. With summer jobs at a landscaping firm while in college and a full-time job managing an apartment building while in law school, it was only natural that his academic and work experiences would lead Mike toward a real estate practice.

Throughout the many Florida real estate booms…and busts…Mike’s background as a problem solver has been particularly helpful in his representation of developers, investors and lenders in complex real estate development and finance transactions – both public and private.

Earning a reputation for keeping a deal moving through to completion, regardless of the economic climate, Mike’s skills naturally led to representation of lenders and investors in acquiring and disposing of distressed assets during economic downturns. His experience was particularly helpful in analyzing and resolving title problems, confirming land use entitlements, understanding community development district assessments, and recapturing control of homeowner/property owner/condominium associations.

“My success is tied directly to helping my clients succeed,” Mike asserts.

Mike is equally committed to the Central Florida community through his involvement in many civic and charitable organizations. He helped the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida to structure a unique arrangement with the Orange County Public School System: a new Boys and Girls Club is located at the OCPS Academic Center For Excellence in the downtown Orlando Parramore neighborhood.  He has served as Chair of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, and as Board Chair of the American Red Cross of Central Florida.

When he is not spending family time in Winter Park with his wife, Theresa, their daughter and granddaughter, Mike can be found on the golf course, or working with Theresa on the landscaping in their yard. He and Theresa also spend time at their home in Ireland where they are very much in touch with their Irish roots.

Richard

With years of experience in real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, development and finance; commercial leasing; and construction law, Rich Fildes advises both public and private companies on a broad spectrum of matters in the hospitality, real estate, sports and entertainment industries.


Rich represents owners, developers, lenders, investors, and operators in hotel and resort acquisitions, sales, financings, management, operations and development, franchising and licensing. As co-chair of the firm’s Hospitality & Leisure Group, he and his team have handled more than $25 billion in client transactions involving hotels, resorts, golf and country clubs, theme parks and water parks, family entertainment centers, ski resorts and marinas throughout the U.S. and Canada.

In addition, Rich has represented the developers and operators of sports venues as well as past and current professional athletes in various business capacities.

Chambers USA (2017)* reports that Rich is recognized for his excellence in real estate acquisitions, dispositions, development and finance, most notably with respect to the hotel, sports and entertainment sectors. He is co-chair of the firm’s hospitality and leisure group.

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Miranda

Randi Fitzgerald focuses her practice on land use, zoning, environmental matters and real estate development, including comprehensive planning, Developments of Regional Impact (DRI’s), DRI rescission, annexation, concurrency, vested rights and property rights issues.


Randi has served as lead counsel for more than 35 DRI’s and has represented both property owners and local governments. She represents clients in all phases of development for commercial, residential and mixed-use projects, including site selection, due diligence, and procurement of land use approvals and entitlements.

Randi’s depth of experience crosses multiple jurisdictions throughout Central Florida. She has worked with clients to establish, develop and manage large scale mixed-use developments in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard and Lake Counties. She has often served in a strategic management role with consultant teams on large and complex projects, and has negotiated development agreements, road network agreements, development orders, utility agreements, school capacity enhancement agreements and mitigation agreements. 

In addition, Randi is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court and Appellate Mediator, concentrating in intergovernmental disputes and private and public disputes affecting real property. She also serves as a Special Magistrate in cases brought under §70.51 F.S., the Florida Land Use and Environmental Dispute Resolution Act.

Chambers USA (2019)* reports that Randi enjoys a strong market reputation with market sources, who describe her as “highly regarded.” She draws on a wide range of experience in the planning and approval of projects, with strength in handling mixed-use developments.

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Hal

Recognized by Florida Trend magazine as a “Must-Know Contact” and one of Florida’s 500 Most Influential Business Leaders, Hal Kantor has long been a leader in the firm’s Land Use, Zoning & Environmental and Real Estate Groups.

For more than 50 years, he has been advising local, national and international clients in the areas of land use approvals, development issues and all the many facets that entails, as well as real estate transactions and finance.

Often the “attorney of last resort” in difficult and complex cases, many clients turn to Hal for his creative expertise, particularly when all else has failed. Working in combination with professional consultants and the firm’s land use litigation attorneys, he has built a well-known reputation for maneuvering even the most challenging real estate and land use issues to a successful conclusion.

Hal devotes much of his personal time to arts and cultural organizations, having served as chairman of the board for WMFE/90.7 Public Broadcasting, the Orlando Museum of Art, and United Arts. He has also served on the Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Board, as well as many civic boards for various local governments. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Jewish National Fund’s Tree of Life Award, among others.

"Hal Kantor has a longstanding reputation in the Florida market. He draws on his vast experience to counsel clients on land use, zoning and environmental matters. 'Hal Kantor is THE zoning and land use lawyer in Orlando.'" - Chambers USA 2022*


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