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Rob Gidel’s clients benefit not only from his legal knowledge and experience, but also the interest he has in their business. Rob is more than his clients’ lawyer: he is their biggest supporter. When the case is over and the legal dispute has been solved, he continues to look out for his clients and tries to find new ways for them to grow their business and make new connections. In the people and relationship-driven industry of commercial real estate, clients feel confident coming to Rob when they need help making a deal.

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Rob Gidel’s clients benefit not only from his legal knowledge and experience, but also the interest he has in their business. Rob is more than his clients’ lawyer: he is their biggest supporter. When the case is over and the legal dispute has been solved, he continues to look out for his clients and tries to find new ways for them to grow their business and make new connections. In the people and relationship-driven industry of commercial real estate, clients feel confident coming to Rob when they need help making a deal.

Rob represents national and regional real estate developers, private and public real estate investment trusts (REITs), private equity firms and franchisees, as well as high net-worth individuals and/or their affiliated family offices. His background in private equity – having managed more than 30 investments in private and publicly traded real estate and finance focused operating companies – provides clients a unique perspective on business risk, growth and planning.

Outside of the office, Rob serves on the Advisory Board for the Society of Real Estate Professionals, an organization he helped co-found in 2017, and the Tampa Bay Regional Board of Advisors for the James Madison Institute.

Experience

  • Negotiated complex real estate documents on behalf of clients
  • Assisted clients with the purchase, sale and lease of various commercial real estate projects, including hotels, retail, office and industrial sites, and multi-family projects
  • Advised clients on land use issues involving zoning, entitlements, property rights and county approvals
  • Represented developers and owners on real estate issues involving violations of exclusive covenants, deed restrictions and other title-related matters
  • Advised both banking and lending institutions and borrowers in the financing of various real estate related projects, including debt and equity financing
  • Appointed by U.S. senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio to serve on the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, which selects finalists for all U.S. District Judge, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal vacancies.

Insights

Speaking Engagements
  • "How to Address Mold in Your Commercial Lease," Invest Florida (January 2019) Speaker
  • "Navigating Exclusive Use Clauses in Your Retail Leases," Invest Florida (December 2018) Speaker
  • "1031 Exchanges & Net Lease Investments," Invest Florida (March 2018) Speaker
  • "Real Estate Transactions," Florida CCIM Chapter, West Coast District, Lunch & Learn (August 2016) Speaker
  • "How to Help Prevent an Attorney from Killing Your Real Estate Deal," Invest Florida (November 2015) Speaker
  • "Understanding Florida’s Broker Lien Law," International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) West Florida Idea Exchange (February 2014) Speaker
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Memberships & Affiliations

Professional

  • Florida Bar Association, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section
  • The Society of Real Estate Professionals, Tampa Bay - Board of Directors and Founding Member (2017-Present)
  • Real Estate Investment Council of Tampa Bay
  • International Council of Shopping Centers

Civic

  • James Madison Institute, Leaders Fellowship – Statewide Executive Board (At-Large)
  • James Madison Institute, Tampa Bay - Regional Board of Advisors (2013-Present)
  • Tampa Bay Bergstrom Council - Board of Directors (2013-2016); President (2015-2016)
  • University of Florida Alumni Association
  • University of Florida, Law Alumni Council
  • Gator Boosters
  • Tampa Downtown Partnership - Board of Directors (2013-2015)
  • Maverick PAC, Tampa Bay - Regional Chair (2011-2015), Board of Advisors (2011-Present)
  • Orange County (Fla.) Government, Advisory Board of Commissioners (2010-2011)
  • Orange County (Fla.) Sheriff's Citizen Advisory Council - Board Member (2009-2010)
  • Urban Land Institute, Tampa Bay
  • Federalist Society
  • ICSC 2014 West Florida Idea Exchange Program Planning Committee
  • ICSC Next Generation, Regional Board Member (2018-2019)

Recognition

  • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (2017-2020)
  • Legal Elite Up & Comer, Florida Trend (2017-2018) 
  • 40 Under 40, Maverick PAC (2013)
  • Central Florida Political Leadership Institute, Class of 2010
  • Pro Bono Certificate of Outstanding Achievement, UF Law
  • Henry Stites Barker Fellow, UK

Education

  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law
    J.D., 2012
  • University of Kentucky
    B.A. in Journalism, 2007

Admissions

  • Florida
  • Negotiated complex real estate documents on behalf of clients
  • Assisted clients with the purchase, sale and lease of various commercial real estate projects, including hotels, retail, office and industrial sites, and multi-family projects
  • Advised clients on land use issues involving zoning, entitlements, property rights and county approvals
  • Represented developers and owners on real estate issues involving violations of exclusive covenants, deed restrictions and other title-related matters
  • Advised both banking and lending institutions and borrowers in the financing of various real estate related projects, including debt and equity financing
  • Appointed by U.S. senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio to serve on the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, which selects finalists for all U.S. District Judge, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal vacancies.
Speaking Engagements
  • "How to Address Mold in Your Commercial Lease," Invest Florida (January 2019) Speaker
  • "Navigating Exclusive Use Clauses in Your Retail Leases," Invest Florida (December 2018) Speaker
  • "1031 Exchanges & Net Lease Investments," Invest Florida (March 2018) Speaker
  • "Real Estate Transactions," Florida CCIM Chapter, West Coast District, Lunch & Learn (August 2016) Speaker
  • "How to Help Prevent an Attorney from Killing Your Real Estate Deal," Invest Florida (November 2015) Speaker
  • "Understanding Florida’s Broker Lien Law," International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) West Florida Idea Exchange (February 2014) Speaker
News

Professional

  • Florida Bar Association, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section
  • The Society of Real Estate Professionals, Tampa Bay - Board of Directors and Founding Member (2017-Present)
  • Real Estate Investment Council of Tampa Bay
  • International Council of Shopping Centers

Civic

  • James Madison Institute, Leaders Fellowship – Statewide Executive Board (At-Large)
  • James Madison Institute, Tampa Bay - Regional Board of Advisors (2013-Present)
  • Tampa Bay Bergstrom Council - Board of Directors (2013-2016); President (2015-2016)
  • University of Florida Alumni Association
  • University of Florida, Law Alumni Council
  • Gator Boosters
  • Tampa Downtown Partnership - Board of Directors (2013-2015)
  • Maverick PAC, Tampa Bay - Regional Chair (2011-2015), Board of Advisors (2011-Present)
  • Orange County (Fla.) Government, Advisory Board of Commissioners (2010-2011)
  • Orange County (Fla.) Sheriff's Citizen Advisory Council - Board Member (2009-2010)
  • Urban Land Institute, Tampa Bay
  • Federalist Society
  • ICSC 2014 West Florida Idea Exchange Program Planning Committee
  • ICSC Next Generation, Regional Board Member (2018-2019)
  • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (2017-2020)
  • Legal Elite Up & Comer, Florida Trend (2017-2018) 
  • 40 Under 40, Maverick PAC (2013)
  • Central Florida Political Leadership Institute, Class of 2010
  • Pro Bono Certificate of Outstanding Achievement, UF Law
  • Henry Stites Barker Fellow, UK