S. Cary Gaylord

S. Cary Gaylord: Attorney with Gaylord Merlin Ludovici & Diaz


Phi Delta Phi. Author: "Amendment 4: Practical Experiences with Land Use Planning Via Referendum," PetroGram, Summer 2010; "Danger Ahead: Hometown Democracy - The Amendment That Needs To Be Stopped," PetroGram, Winter 2009; Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure, Chapter 3, "The Public Purpose Doctrine," 6th Ed., 2003; Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure, Chapter 3, "The Public Purpose Doctrine," 5th Ed. Supp. 1999; "Recent Developments in the Law of Apportionment," Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer, Vol. 7, No. 4, 1996; Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure, Chapter 3, "The Public Purpose Doctrine," 5th Ed., 1996; Nichols on Eminent Domain, Vol. 8A, Chapter 17, "Right-of-Way Reservations," 1990. Co-Author: Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure, Chapter 3, "The Public Purpose Doctrine," 7th Ed. Supp. 2010 and 7th Ed. 2008; Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure, Chapter 3, "The Public Purpose Doctrine," 4th Ed. Supp. 1992 and 4th Ed. 1988; Nichols on Eminent Domain, Chapter 26, "Eminent Domain, Power Lines and Electromagnetic Fields," 1993. Speaker/Panelist: Improving Eminent Domain Seminar, Hillsborough County Bar Association Eminent Domain Section and Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, 2008. Speaker: "Takings of Manufacturing Facilities: What You Need to Know," CLE International 12th Annual Eminent Domain Super Conference, 2008; "Closing Argument," Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division for State Court Trial Seminar, 2008; "Closing Argument," CLE International Eminent Domain Conference, Tampa, FL, October 2001; "Opening Statement and Closing Arguments," CLE International 3rd Annual Eminent Domain Conference, Tampa, FL, October 1999 and Houston, TX, March 2000; "Valuation of Contaminated Property," ICSC U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, 1996; "Regulatory Takings: An Overview of Recent Developments" and "Compensation for Temporary Takings," National Business Institute Seminar on Recent Developments in Regulatory Takings, 1993; "Condemnation Blight," ALI-ABA Inverse Condemnation and Related Government Liability Seminar, 1992, 1990; "Maps of Reservation: Can Government Reserve Private Property for Future Public Use Without the Payment of Compensation?," ABA Convention, 1990. Co-Chair: CLE International 12th Annual Eminent Domain Super Conference, 2008; CLE International Annual Eminent Domain Conference (Tampa, FL, October 1999, 2004; Houston, TX, March 2000). Florida Trend: "Florida Legal Elite," (2005-2011); Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2011); Florida Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition (2009-2010); Best Lawyers in America (2006-2011); Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (2007-2011); Best Lawyers, "2011 Tampa Eminent Domain and Condemnation Lawyer of the Year."

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Eminent Domain
  • Condemnation
  • Inverse Condemnation
  • Property Rights
  • Land Use
  • Zoning Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
866-981-5570  Phone
(813) 221-9030  Fax
University Attended:
United States Military Academy, B.S., 1969
Law School Attended:
University of Florida, J.D., 1974
Year of First admission:
1974, Florida and U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida including Trial Bar
Hillsborough County and American (Member, Litigation Section) Bar Associations; Thirteenth Judicial Circuit (Member: Grievance Committee, 1987-1990; Judicial Nominating Commission Thirteenth Circuit, 1999-2007, 2008—; Chair, 2002-2003, 2004-2005); The Florida Bar (Member, Committee on Eminent Domain, 1979—; Chairman, 1982-1984); Tampa Chapter, American Inns of Court; Florida Justice Association (Member, Environmental and Land Use Section); American Association for Justice; American Board of Trial Advocates.
Capt., JAGC, U.S. Army, 1974-1977
Birth Information:
Tampa, Florida
Reported Cases:
Herndon Oil Corp. v. VIK, Ltd., 884 So.2d 958 (Fla. 1st DCA 2004); Trump Enterprises, Inc. v. Publix SuperMarkets, Inc., 682 So.2d 168 (Fla. 4th DCA 1996); Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Auth. v. A.G.W.S. Corp., 640 So.2d 54 (Fla. 1994); Orlando/Orange County Expressway Auth. v. W & F Agrigrowth-Fernfield, Ltd., 582 So.2d 790 (Fla. 5th DCA 1991); State Dept. of Transp. v. Burger King Corp., 574 So.2d 1229 (Fla. 4th DCA 1991); Joint Ventures, Inc. v. Department of Transp., 563 So.2d 622 (Fla. 1990); Department of Transp. v. Morris, 392 S.E.2d 291 (Ga. App. 1990); State Dept. of Transp. v. Arms, 539 So.2d 1195 (Fla. 4th DCA 1989); Texaco, Inc. v. Department of Transp., 537 So.2d 92 (Fla. 1989); Joint Ventures, Inc. v. Department of Transp., 519 So.2d 1069 (Fla. 1st DCA, 1988).

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