Tampa, Fla. – June 13, 2016 – Carlton Fields Tampa Shareholder Robert S. Freedman was elected to serve as Director of the Real Property Division of The Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section (RPPTL) during the Section’s annual convention and meeting in Orlando on June 4, 2016.
He will serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2016. In this new role, Freedman will be responsible for coordinating, scheduling and conducting the meetings of the various substantive committees of the Real Property Division. The Section comprises more than 10,000 members.
Freedman is a former chair of The Florida Bar’s Condominium and Planned Development Committee, has served as co-chair of the Section’s Legislation and CLE Seminar Coordination Committees, and is completing service as Section Treasurer. He has been a member of the Section’s Executive Council since 2002, and has served on the Section’s Executive Committee since 2011. He also serves as a member of The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education.
At Carlton Fields, Freedman co-chairs the firm’s Real Estate and Commercial Finance practice group and he also serves as the chair of the firm’s Development industry group and co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate Industry Group.. For more than 25 years, he has represented developers, lenders, and purchasers of Florida developments. Freedman has extensive experience in the design and operation of condominiums, subdivisions, homeowner associations, community and master associations, master planned communities, mixed-use projects, resort communities, and timeshares and vacation clubs. He has obtained regulatory approvals for the sale and marketing of numerous development projects, worked on property management arrangements, prepared various documents and instruments of record needed to ensure the proper creation of a community, and prepared documentation pertaining to various types of mixed-use projects and resorts.
During the recent recession, Freedman provided representation on numerous condominium and development workouts, representing lenders, receivers, successor developers, and bulk purchasers in a variety of manners, including transactional issues, due diligence, structuring to avoid developer liabilities (including use of Florida’s Distressed Condominium Relief Act), state regulatory compliance, foreclosure strategies, acquisition through bankruptcy sales, and operational matters involving condominium and community associations. He also provides representation on general real estate transactions and related matters.
Freedman received his A.B. from Duke University and his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law.
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