David M. Layman: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

David M. Layman

West Palm Beach,  FL  U.S.A.

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • Financial Institutions
Contact InfoTelephone: 561.650.7990
Fax: 561.835.4590
University University of Florida, B.A., with high honors, 1977 Sigma Chi Fraternity; Vice President of Florida Blue Key
Law SchoolUniversity of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., with honors, 1979; Chief Tax Editor of the Law Review
Admitted1980, Florida

Professional & Community Involvement

•President, Palm Beach County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1988
•Member, Board of Governors of The Florida Bar's Young Lawyers Division 1989-1990
•President (2008) and Board Member, The Children's Place at Home Safe, Inc.; a facility which provides housing and centralized intervention services for children who are the victims of sexual and physical abuse, 1997-present
•Member, Board of Directors of St. George's Homeless Center, Rivera Beach, Florida, 2008-2012
•President, Palm Beach County Planning Congress, 1986
•Member, Board of Directors, South Florida Science Museum, 1983-1985
•Vice President, Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville, 1994-1996
•Member, Board of Directors of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, 1994-1996

BornPensacola, Florida, July 28, 1955

David M. Layman has concentrated his practice in commercial real estate transactions and land use law for more than 30 years.

Areas of Concentration

•Commercial real estate
•Land use law

Awards & Recognition

•Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers, Law Firm of the Year in Real Estate Law, 2015
•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2010-2015
• Lawyer of the Year for Real Estate in West Palm Beach, 2010
•Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, Top Tier Firm in Real Estate, 2013 and 2014
•Team Member, a Law360 Real Estate Practice Group of the Year, 2011, 2012 and 2013
•Team Member, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2010 and 2013
•Recipient, Pro Bono Award for Nonprofit Law, Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society, 2008
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2008
•Listed, Daily Business Review South Florida's Top Dealmakers of the Year, Finance, 2005
•Listed, Leading American Attorneys
•Listed, Who's Who in America
•Listed, Who's Who in American Law
•Listed, Who's Who in the South and Southwest
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Articles, Publications, & Lectures

•Author, Concurrency and Moratoria, 71 Florida Bar Journal 49, January 1997
•Author, Limited Casinos Fails? Who Needs the Voters!, The Gaming Lawyer, Summer 1995
•Author, Compromise to Avoid Disputes on Construction Projects, Jacksonville Business Journal, Commercial Real Estate, November 3, 1995
•Author, Tenants Need Help to Negotiate a Lease, Jacksonville Business Journal, Commercial Real Estate, May 12, 1995
•Author, With a Little Help, Appealing a Tax Assessment is Simple, Jacksonville Business Journal, July 2, 1993
•Author, Legal Pitfalls to Avoid in Building Contracts, Area Development Sites, & Facility Planning, January 1989
•Author, Legal Pitfalls to Avoid in Building Contracts, Building Industry News, August 1987
•Author, Building Contract is Study in Compromise, South Florida Business Journal, August 3, 1987
•Author, Spot Zoning: Defining an Often-Abused Term, 56 Florida Bar Journal 740, October 1982
•Author, A Practitioner's Guide To Consistency Problems Resulting From The Local Government Comprehensive Planning Act of 1975, 55 Florida Bar Journal 803, December 1981
•Co-author, Waiting for the Go: Concurrency, Takings and the Property Rights Act, Vol. 20, No. 2, Nova Law Review Winter 1996
•Co-author, Spot Zoning, Contract Zoning, and Conditional Zoning, CLE of The Florida Bar, 2nd Ed., 1994
•Co-author, Spot Zoning, Contract Zoning, and Conditional Zoning, CLE of The Florida Bar, 1987
•Co-author, Local Government Plan Consistency and Citizen Standing; Renard in the Chicken Coop? Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law 127, Vol. 1, No. 2, Spring 1985
•Co-author, Purposes and Limitations of Zoning, CLE of The Florida Bar, 1982; and Planned Unit Developments, CLE of The Florida Bar, 1982

•Co-Chair, Real Estate Restructuring Seminar, CLE International, Atlanta, Georgia, January 2010
•Co-Chair, Real Estate Restructuring Seminar, CLE International, Miami, Florida, December 2009
•Co-Chair, Real Estate Restructuring Seminar, CLE International, Orlando, Florida, March 2009
•Lecturer for The Florida Bar and others on the topics of land use law and real estate law

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

08.20.14 18 Greenberg Traurig Boca Raton and West Palm Beach Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers In America 2015
08.19.14 128 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers In America 2015
08.15.13 12 Attorneys in West Palm Beach and 7 Attorneys in Boca Raton from Greenberg Traurig Named Among 'Best Lawyers in America' 2014
01.03.13 Greenberg Traurig Real Estate Practice Selected as a Practice Group of the Year by Law360
09.27.11 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys in Palm Beach County Listed In Best Lawyers in America 2012
09.21.11 102 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys in Florida Listed In Best Lawyers in America 2012
06.11.10 Greenberg Traurig Takes Top Honors in Real Estate from Prestigious Legal Ranking and Publication Chambers and Partners USA
12.02.09 Best Lawyers Selects Five Greenberg Traurig Attorneys as 2010 'Lawyers of the Year'
12.01.09 Greenberg Traurig's Layman Selected by Best Lawyers in America as its 2010 West Palm Beach Real Estate Lawyer of the Year
10.15.09 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys in Palm Beach County Receive Multiple Recognitions

Published Articles

03.24.11 Tips For Buying Distressed Mortgage Loans
01.01.97 Negotiating Or Renegotiating A Lease
07.01.95 Limited Casinos Fails? Who Needs The Voters!


06.01.09 Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act
10.01.07 Terminating Florida Condominiums Simplified (Also at Boca Raton Office)

Reported CasesSignificant Representations: Purchasers and sellers of billions of dollars of commercial properties.; Developers of condominium projects, including the ultra-luxury Il Lugano, in Palm Beach, Florida.; Represented affiliates of ESG Companies in the purchase of over 27 square miles in Hendry County, Florida, and the subsequent sale of 12 square miles, with a total transaction value of over $250 million.; National banks in over a billion dollars of commercial real estate loans; including the closing of a $145 million development and construction loan for a national bank on a large residential resort development in Palm Beach County, Florida.; Represented the purchaser of numerous resorts and hotels, including the Holiday Isle Resort in the Florida Keys; and the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.; Represented CSC Union Square Ltd. in a $58 million refinancing of the Union Square apartment complex in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with Deutsche Bank Mortgage Capital.; Land acquisition and master association documents for a country club community in Delray Beach, Florida.; Involved in the purchase of a regional mall with a price of over $200 million.; Represented national banks in environmental matters, including the removal of underground storage tanks, clean-up of contaminated soil, and financial reimbursement from the State of Florida.; Buyers and sellers of multi-million dollar homes.; Owners of various projects in land use and zoning matters before local and state governments, including obtaining a binding determination that two projects that were not DRIs.; Parties to construction contracts, including the owner of a $19 million office tower.; A large landowner in all office, industrial and warehouse leasing in Palm Beach and Broward Counties in Florida.; A national bank in a successful property tax appeal, in which the assessment of property was reduced from almost $8 million to approximately $100,000.; The City of West Palm Beach, Florida, in drafting its Concurrency Management Ordinance.; Various landowners in condemnation matters.

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David M. Layman

777 South Flagler Drive, Suite 300 East
West Palm BeachFL 33401


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