Robert S. Freedman

USA: Florida

Carlton Fields
4221 W. Boy Scout Boulevard
Suite 1000
Tampa, FL 33607-5780

Tel: 813.229.4149
Fax: 813.229.4133


Rob Freedman has represented developers, lenders, and purchasers of developments in Florida and other states for more than 25 years. He has extensive experience in the acquisition, structuring, design, development and operation of residential and commercial condominiums, subdivisions, homeowners associations, community and master associations, master planned communities, mixed-use projects, resort communities, and timeshares, fractionals, and vacation clubs. His experience includes obtaining regulatory approvals for the sale and marketing of projects, working on property management arrangements, preparing the various documents and instruments of record to ensure proper creation of a community and relationships between various parties and project components, and preparing documentation pertaining to various types of mixed-use projects and resorts.

He has extensive expertise with distressed real property assets in Florida, having represented lenders, receivers, successor developers and bulk purchasers on 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 association and community operational issues. He also handles general real estate transactions and related matters.

Mr. Freedman is a co-leader of the firm’s Real Estate and Commercial Finance Practice Group and the Real Estate Industry Group. He is also the leader of the firm’s Development Industry Group.

We provide in-depth knowledge and services regarding all aspects of real property acquisition, development, financing, leasing, ownership, use, and sales. Our comprehensive practice includes the full range of real estate and commercial transactions, development, and construction involving a wide range of properties.

We handle the full range of commercial real estate finance transactions. By working on diverse transactions, in various roles and capacities, our lawyers have gained experience and judgment that benefits our clients. Across the country, we handle sophisticated transactions that involve every kind and type of real estate investment and almost every imaginable structure. Our processes, procedures, and discipline help us to administer national loan closing programs, working with our comprehensive network of lawyers who assist as required in the loan closing process.

We routinely represent owners and builders on public and private construction projects throughout the United States and abroad, with project values ranging from $100 million to $500 million per project. Our attorneys advise clients on all aspects of project design and construction, with a special focus on contract preparation, review, negotiation, and administration.

Carlton Fields serves business clients in key industries across the country and around the globe. Through our core practices, we help our clients grow their businesses and protect their vital interests.

Our national and international litigation teams are well equipped to handle the most complex business trials, arbitrations, and appeals. We have developed especially deep experience in the defense of class actions and mass actions, white collar representation, high-stakes business litigation, and government investigations. We have tried more than 1,500 cases to judgment or verdict and defended several hundred class actions across the country. We are one of only a handful of firms that have actually tried major class action cases. In the life insurance and financial product liability areas alone, our financial services industry attorneys have handled more than 300 class actions.

The cases we handle cut across every subject area, including consumer and business fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practice Act enforcement, contracts, shareholder disputes, antitrust, insurance, securities, products liability, construction, real estate, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, labor and employment, intellectual property, health care, telecommunications, energy, constitutional claims, international and domestic arbitration, and federal and state governmental disputes.

Our firm also advises clients on sophisticated business transactions across a range of issues and industries. With a strong presence in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., and Miami, we offer focused guidance on domestic and international matters and handle a wide variety of transactions for clients throughout the country and internationally. We counsel them on matters related to mergers and acquisitions, securities, tax planning, and ERISA, and provide state regulatory counseling to clients in the life insurance and financial services sectors, the energy sector, and other key industries.

We also cater to high-growth clients, including technology-based companies, advising them on capital formation, debt financing, corporate governance and transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities compliance and disclosures, tax planning, and cyber-security concerns. Additionally, we offer our business clients the guidance they need to identify and protect their tangible and intangible assets, including intellectual property, and to manage their immigration and labor and employment issues. We also handle all phases of real property site acquisition and disposition, financing, permitting, and development.

Our government consultants have extensive expertise dealing with federal and state regulators, legislative bodies, and executive agencies on a wide range of issues, including insurance and tort reform, health care, financial regulation, government investigations, and enforcement actions.

“Transactional real estate expert Robert Freedman co-heads the firm’s real estate and finance practice from its Tampa office. Sources describe him as “phenomenal” and report that he is “on the cutting edge of the heavily regulated area of condominium law.”
Chambers & Partners, 2017