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Leslie Horton Gladfelter
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Leslie Horton Gladfelter

Prior to joining Grimes Goebel in 1992, Ms. Gladfelter practiced law in Tampa at statewide and national law firms.  She continues to reside in Tampa.  Ms. Gladfelter specializes in commercial real estate transactions, business acquisitions, land use and development approvals and transactional due diligence.  She has represented major national, regional and local real estate developers in all aspects of development, with particular expertise in mixed use planned communities, subdivision and property owners’ documentation, shopping center and office development and leasing and land condominiums and mixed use condominium documentation.

Ms. Gladfelter assists developers and business owners with due diligence and documentation in connection with the acquisition of businesses and development parcels.  Her transactional due diligence experience has included multiple multi-million dollar transactions throughout the State of Florida, and particularly in the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County and Manatee and Sarasota counties.  Such transactions also include developer and business owner representation in closing and financing such transactions, issuing title insurance for complex commercial real estate transactions and assisting clients with post-closing construction documentation and business and development permits and approvals.

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  • University of Florida College of Law J.D., with honors, 1980
  • Law Review, Title Standards Editor
  • Florida Southern College B.A. Political Science Graduated with high honors, 1977

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Manatee County Family YMCA (2000 – Current)
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Manatee County Family YMCA (2012-2013)
  • Recipient of the John R. Mott Volunteer of the Year Award from the Manatee County Family YMCA (2011)
  • Mote Marine Laboratory, Inc. Advisory Council Board of Trustees
  • Tampa Museum of Art (1988-1994)
  • Exhibitionists, founding Board member, Tampa Museum of Art (1990-1992)
  • Board of Trustees, Asolo Theatre, Sarasota (1996-1998)
  • Manatee County Economic Development Council, Firm’s Representative on the Board (1995-1997)

Publications and Seminar Presentations

  • “Tips for Handling the Complex Real Property Transaction” – co-authored with James W. Martin, Esq. and published in ALI CLE’s The Practical Real Estate Lawyer; Seminar presentation to The Real Property Section of the St. Petersburg Bar Association

Bar and Other Professional Affiliations

  • Florida Bar Association
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and Environmental and Land Use Law Sections of the Florida Bar
  • Manatee County Bar Association
  • Title insurance agent for Old Republic Title Insurance Company, Attorney’s Title Insurance Fund and Chicago Title Insurance Company
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (attorney member)