Robert H. Gebaide

Partner

Orlando
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"[Rob] is 'excellent at understanding what his clients need and crafting that into the legal documents needed.'"

— Chambers USA 2014

Overview

Rob Gebaide is a partner in BakerHostetler's Orlando office and co-leader of the firm's national Real Estate team. Rob routinely represents public and private clients throughout the United States in a broad array of real estate transactions. He has handled numerous transactions involving the acquisition, permitting, development and sale of commercial property. In connection with his work with the Hospitality team, Rob regularly represents clients in connection with the acquisition, development, management, finance, and sale of hotels, condominium hotels, marinas, mixed-use developments, and vacation ownership projects and clubs.

Prior to joining BakerHostetler, Rob was an attorney with the Seminole County Attorney's Office, where he was primarily responsible for advising the Board of County Commissioners, the Planning and Zoning Commission and county staff on all aspects of land use planning, development, code enforcement, building regulation and development review. Building on this experience, Rob maintains an active land use practice, regularly representing clients in connection with zoning, comprehensive plan and other permitting activities.

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  • Represented Hyatt affiliates in connection with acquisition of the former Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Addressed operational, transitional, employment, intellectual property, construction and other issues that arose. 
  • Represented private hotel company in connection with acquisition, permitting, finance and development of a major resort.
  • Acted as outside general counsel to a retail development, management, and hospitality company during a transaction cited as one of the largest real estate transactions of 2013. In this capacity, he has continued to work with the company on every aspect of its real estate and development needs, including representation during a debt and securities offering and counseling for matters related to hotel operations during property acquisition.
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Experience

  • Represented Hyatt affiliates in connection with acquisition of the former Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Addressed operational, transitional, employment, intellectual property, construction and other issues that arose. 
  • Represented private hotel company in connection with acquisition, permitting, finance and development of a major resort.
  • Acted as outside general counsel to a retail development, management, and hospitality company during a transaction cited as one of the largest real estate transactions of 2013. In this capacity, he has continued to work with the company on every aspect of its real estate and development needs, including representation during a debt and securities offering and counseling for matters related to hotel operations during property acquisition.
  • Serves as lead counsel to a hotel corporation, providing day-to-day advice regarding the operation and management of specific residences. Drafts and negotiates joint venture agreements for the development of the corporation’s new projects in Maui, and acts as lead counsel in the negotiation of a multimillion-dollar construction loan while providing counsel on the structure of a proposed timeshare condominium. Negotiates with foreign developers regarding arrangements for the corporation's partnership with foreign-based hotels. The negotiation includes creating the master declaration, amenities and facilities easements, and agreements and arrangements for the branding of a contiguous luxury tower.
  • Represented a national outdoor advertising company throughout the state of Florida in connection with digital billboard implementation. 
  • Represented a successor construction lender in the conversion of a portion of its resort to a whole-unit condominium project. Client acquired the property by means of a deed in lieu of foreclosure from the original developer. Developed a strategy pursuant to which the project would be significantly amended to permit the sale of whole-unit condominiums alongside a partially sold fractional project existing within the same resort building.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: Real Estate in Florida (2014 to 2015)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Orlando: Leisure and Hospitality Law (2016 to 2018)
    • Orlando: Real Estate Law (2014 to 2018)
  • City of Maitland Volunteer of the Year (2007)
  • Orlando Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2011 and 2012)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • American Resort Development Association

Community

  • Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando
    • Co-Chair – Cardozo Legal Society
  • City of Maitland
    • Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board, Orange County Representative
    • Planning and Zoning Commission, Chairman (2004 to 2007)
    • Charter Review Commission, Chair (2012 to 2013)
    • City Code of Conduct Committee, Chair (2013)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    • Volunteer Initiative Board
  • Maitland Little League Board of Directors
    • Director of Baseball Operations: Coach

Prior Positions

  • Seminole County Attorney's Office
    • Advised the Board of County Commissioners, Planning and Zoning Commission and County staff on all aspects of land use planning, development, code enforcement, building regulation and development review matters.

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1998
  • Florida, 1997

Education

  • J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1997
  • B.S.B.A., University of Florida, 1994