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Richard Bezold

Chair, Real Estate Practice Group
Three Brickell City Centre
98 Southeast Seventh Street
Suite 1100
Miami, FL 33131

Richard Bezold is the chair of Akerman’s Real Estate Practice Group, one of the nation’s top-ranked real estate legal teams representing developers, investors, and other real estate end users in complex transactions, development and redevelopment projects, public-private initiatives, and loan origination and recovery across the United States.

Rich immerses himself in the details of a deal, helping clients' maximize their investments and advance their business objectives. Chambers USA notes that he is sought after for his "considerable experience advising on real estate acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, and financing, among other matters." He has represented The Rockefeller Group, North American Properties, Crocker Partners, Wells Fargo, and other clients in complex commercial real estate transactions across a variety of asset classes. He also has experience with multifamily projects, medical office buildings and senior living facilities. He is Board Certified in Real Estate Law by The Florida Bar.

His broad range of experience includes acquisitions and dispositions, public-private partnerships, infrastructure development, commercial landlord and tenant representation, distressed loan and property workouts. In addition, he represents investment funds and global investors buying income producing property in the United States.

Rich served as chairman of the alumni advisory board to the Kelley A. Bergstrom Real Estate Center at the University of Florida, and has been recognized by both Chambers USA and The Legal 500 as a leading lawyer in real estate.

Representative Experience
Crocker Partners: Represented real estate and management firm and affiliated entities in the closing of more than $100 million in office building acquisitions and related joint venture and loan transactions.
Colonial Life Insurance Company (Trinidad): Represented insurance company in the $234 million sale of the luxury W Hotel and Residences with 346 hotel units and an additional 171 condominium hotel units managed by Starwood.
Awards & Recognition
Board Certified in Real Estate, The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
The Best Lawyers in America 2013-2018, Listed in Florida for Real Estate Law
South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyers 2011-2012, 2014-15, Listed for Real Estate
Chambers USA 2012-2017, Ranked in Florida for Real Estate
The Legal 500 2011-2016, Recommended for Real Estate and Construction - Real Estate
Super Lawyers Magazine 2006-2011, 2016, Listed in Florida for Real Estate: Business and Environmental
The Legal 500 2008-2009, Recommended in Florida for Real Estate Transactions and Finance
Law and Leading Attorneys, Recognized as a Leading Florida Attorney in Commercial Real Estate Law
Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
Published Works & Lectures
2016 Akerman U.S. Real Estate Sector Report, Contributor
2015 Akerman U.S. Real Estate Industry Outlook Report, Contributor
BNY Mellon Wealth Management Commercial Real Estate Investing Panel Discussion, Panelist, "Commercial Real Estate Investing,"
Debtwire North America Distressed Debt Forum, Panelist, "Continuing Trends - Distressed Commercial Real Estate"
IMN 3rd Bank and Special Asset Forum on Distressed Real Estate, Panel Moderator, "Mezannine Loans, CMBS and Special Servicing"
The Florida Bar, Steering Committee, Co-Editor, "Florida Real Property Complex Transactions Manual," Fourth Edition, Fifth and Sixth Edition
Environmental Liability in Leasing, 6 The ACREL Papers
National Conference of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, Lecturer, "Closing the Deal with Thorny Environmental Issues"
National Business Institute, Inc., Lecturer, Advanced Real Estate Law in Florida
Professional Memberships & Activities
Urban Land Institute, Florida Product Council Steering Committee, Member
Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies, University of Florida, Executive Committee Member, Past Chairman of the Advisory Board
The Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Member
Dade County Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee, Past Chairman
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, Past President and Board Member

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Richard  Bezold

Real Estate
Representative Clients
AutoNation, Inc.
Crocker Partners
Dean Foods/McArthur Dairy, Inc.
Kellogg Properties, Inc.
North American Properties
PS Business Parks, Inc.
Rockefeller Group
The Lionstone Group
Silverpoint Properties Group, Inc.
Wells Fargo
J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1981; cum laude
B.S., University of Florida, 1977; Real Estate
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