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Overview

Responsive, caring and a good listener is how clients describe Laura Walda, who understands that each client needs to feel special and receive the highest level of service.

A shareholder in the firm’s commercial real estate practice, Laura focuses on contract and lease negotiation and drafting, real estate acquisitions and dispositions, negotiation and structuring of credit facilities and review of title insurance matters.

She also has experience in commercial litigation focusing on title insurance matters, landlord/tenant disputes and banking litigation.

Experience

  • Lead counsel on the negotiation of joint venture agreements, development agreements and loan documents for multifamily development projects ranging from $25-$100 million.
  • Lead  outside counsel in negotiation of leases for a national insurance company.
  • Lead outside counsel in negotiation of purchase and sale agreements and leases for a cannabis company.
  • Lead real estate counsel on 12-plus acre multi-use development project in downtown Orlando.
  • Lead counsel on $105 million, 12-site disposition of industrial sites located across the country.
  • Co-counsel on $73.6 million, 5-site disposition of retail villages located at nationally-known vacation venues.
  • Co-counsel on $75 million disposition of three (3) office buildings located in Texas and Florida.
  • Led a team on 40-plus single-site restaurant sale/leaseback transactions for a national restaurant chain.
  • Co-counsel on the negotiation, structuring and closing of multiple $60 million-plus “bet the company” credit facility negotiations on behalf of the borrower.
  • Co-counsel on the negotiation of a complex property settlement agreement involving $350 million worth of equity and real-property related assets.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

Publications

Recognition

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Real Estate Law, 2022-2024
  • Distinguished Service Award, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 2022
  • Outstanding Networking Achievement Award, CREW Orlando, 2022
  • Distinguished Leader Award, CREW Orlando, 2021
  • 40 Under 40, Orlando Business Journal, 2021
  • Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers, 2016-2019
  • Florida Legal Elite "Up & Comer," Florida Trend, 2017
  • Ninth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Merit Award, 2017
  • Young Lawyer Pro Bono Award of Excellence, Fall 2013
  • Governor's Fellow, Governor of the State of Indiana, 2004-2005

Community & Civic

Community Activities

  • Mead Botanical Gardens, Board of Trustees
  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law Alumni Board, Executive Committee
  • Winter Park Chamber of Commerce
    • Chair-Elect, Board of Directors
    • Executive Committee Member
    • Government Affairs Committee Member
  • CREW Orlando, Past President
  • City of Winter Park, Planning and Zoning Board, 2017-2020
  • City of Winter Park, Keep Winter Park Beautiful and Sustainable Board, 2011-2014
  • Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden, Past President, Executive Committee and Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Leadership Winter Park, Class XXV
  • Legal Aid Society, Guardian Ad Litem

Professional Certifications & Memberships

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • The Florida Bar
  • Orange County Bar Association

Admissions

  • Florida
  • Montana

Education

  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2009
  • Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, M.P.A., 2009; Public Affairs
  • Indiana University, B.A., high distinction, 2004
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