Andrew G. Diaz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Eminent Domain Attorney in Tampa, FL

Gaylord Merlin Ludovici & Diaz, Eminent Domain Lawyers
 | 5001 W. Cypress Street, Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: 813-221-9000
Fax: 813-221-9030
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Eminent Domain
Attorney Profile

Andrew G. Diaz has focused his entire legal career exclusively on eminent domain matters and represents clients throughout the state of Florida. Andrew has extensive experience in eminent domain proceedings, where a governmental authority acquires private property for a public purposes such as road widenings, ultilities and schools to name a few. Florida eminent domain law requires an owner receive "full compensation" for the taking from the agency/government taking the property. Full compensation includes being paid for the property taken as well as damages to the remaining property. An owner is also entitled to the recovery of its attorneys fees and costs from the taking agency. The goal and intent of full compensation is to make the owner whole.

Andrew started his professional career as a real estate appraiser and practiced as a state-certified real estate appraiser valuing properties throughout Florida. Upon completing law school, he started his legal career as an assistant county attorney for Pinellas County handling eminent domain matters. With this experience, Andrew went into private practice representing property owners in eminent domain matters. He has worked on cases involving almost every property type including shopping centers, fast food restaurants, gas station convenience stores, large land holdings, ranches, dairies, factories, mines, homes and office buildings. Andrew is also a State of Florida certified mediator in Circuit, State and Appellate Courts.

Over his twenty-five plus years in eminent domain, Andrew has achieved a successful track record as well as a great deal of recognition. He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America every year since 2008, and in 2016, was named Eminent Domain "Lawyer of the Year." He has received both a "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo and an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. He is also perennially recognized by and named to Florida Trend's Legal Elite and Florida Super Lawyers for eminent domain. Andrew received his Juris Doctor by Stetson University College of Law in 1992 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Real Estate from Florida State University in 1986.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
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Eminent Domain (100%)

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019

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About Andrew Diaz

Admitted: 1993, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://gaylordmerlin.com/team/andrew-diaz/

Honors/Awards:

  • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, AV-Rated , Martindale-Hubbell, 2019
  • Recognized by Florida State University's Real Estate Network for significant contributions to the FSU Real Estate Program., Florida State University Real Estate Network Award, 2000
  • Teaching Fellow, Civil Procedure, Stetson University College of Law, 1991-92
  • Recognized as a "Best Lawyer" by Best Lawyers in America., Best Lawyers, US News Best Law Firms
  • Named "Best Lawyer" in America, Eminent Domain Lawyer of the Year, Eminent Domain Lawyer of the Year, US News Best Law Firms, 2016
  • Named Florida Super Lawyer, “Super Lawyer” (2007-11, and 2013-present), Florida Super Lawyer, Super Lawyer Magazine
  • Recognized as Florida Trend’s, “Legal Elite” , Florida Trend’s, “Legal Elite” , Florida Trend Magazine

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified State of Florida Mediator in State Court, Circuit Court and Appellate Court.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Steering Committee, Florida Real Estate Trends and Networking Conference, Florida State University
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Member, Eminent Domain Committee, 2000 – Present
  • The Florida Bar, Vice-Chair, Eminent Domain Committee, 2000-01
  • The Florida Bar, Member, Eminent Domain Committee
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Christ of King Catholic Church Parishioner, 2019
  • Jesuit High School Foundation Member, 2019
  • International Council of Shopping Centers Government Relations Committee, Eminent Domain Committee, Chairman
  • Florida State University College of Business Real Estate Trends Networking Conference, Steering Committee, 1995–Present
  • International Council of Shopping Centers, Eminent Domain Chair, Government Affairs Committee
  • Hillsborough County Civil Service Board, Vice-Chair, 2000-2007
  • International Council of Shopping Centers, Associate Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Chairman, Steering Committee, 8th Annual Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedures, Florida Bar

Educational Background:

  • Florida State University, B.S., Honors: Gold Key, Order of the Omega Honor Society, 1986
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Office Location for Andrew G. Diaz

5001 W. Cypress Street
Tampa, FL 33607

Phone: 813-221-9000

Fax: 813-221-9030

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Last Updated: 5/10/2019

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