Richard  Bezold
Richard  Bezold
Chair, Real Estate Practice Group
One Southeast Third Avenue
25th Floor
Miami, FL 33131

Richard Bezold is the Akerman Real Estate Practice Group Chair. He has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in acquisition, development, and financing of office buildings, medical facilities, shopping centers, senior living facilities, multifamily, industrial, and hotel properties. He has served as the lead real estate attorney on numerous national corporate merger and acquisition transactions including those in the automobile, hospitality, rental car, security, and solid waste industries. His client work has included representing Crocker Partners, The Rockefeller Group, North American Properties, C-III Asset Management LLC, and others in numerous real estate transactions. Richard's broad range of experience includes commercial landlord and tenant representation, public-private partnerships, infrastructure development, distressed loan and property workouts, and analysis of hazardous material contamination for the acquisition, operation, and clean-up of real property. He has also served as the advisory board chairman to the Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Florida. Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Real Estate, Richard has been recognized by both Chambers USA and The Legal 500 as one of the leading real estate lawyers in Florida.

Board Certified in Real Estate, The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Chambers USA 2012-2013, Ranked in Florida for Real Estate
The Best Lawyers in America 2013, 2014, Listed in Florida for Real Estate Law
The Legal 500 2011-2013, Recommended for Real Estate
Super Lawyers Magazine 2006-2011, Listed in Florida for Real Estate and Environmental
The Legal 500 2008-2009, Recommended in Florida for Real Estate Transactions and Finance
South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyers 2011-2012, 2014, Listed for Real Estate
Law and Leading Attorneys, Recognized as a Leading Florida Attorney in Commercial Real Estate Law
Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated

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 and Fifth 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

Urban Land Institute, Healthcare and Life Sciences Council, 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
South Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA), Past Vice-President and Board Member
South Florida Association of Environmental Professionals, Past Treasurer and Board Member
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, Past President and Board Member

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Richard  Bezold

Real Estate

Autonation, Inc.
Centerline Servicing, Inc.
C-III Asset Management, LLC
Dean Foods/McArthur Dairy, Inc.
Kellogg Properties, Inc.
North American Properties
PS Business Parks, Inc.
Rockefeller Group
The Lionstone Group

J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1981; cum laude
B.S., University of Florida, 1977; Real Estate

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