Blake H. Gaylord

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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: 2019
Selected To Rising Stars: 2011 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Eminent Domain
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A partner at Gaylord Merlin Ludovici & Diaz, Blake H. Gaylord focuses his practice on eminent domain and other matters that affect owners of residential or commercial real estate. Located in Tampa, Florida, he provides representation to clients throughout the state, and he has been a member in good standing of The Florida Bar since 2008.

Mr. Gaylord counts among his clients homeowners associations, ranchers, farmers, churches and restaurants. With respect to his eminent domain practice, he guides them through the entire process, starting with the time when the condemning authority files a lawsuit against the owner seeking the property for the purposes of public use. The power is grounded in the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and it requires the governmental body to pay the owner just compensation. The Florida Constitution also has an eminent domain provision, and it requires the payment of full compensation. Owners are not required to accept the original offer, and instead, they often obtain their own valuation prepared by an appraiser or another financial professional.

Mr. Gaylord has handled several inverse condemnation cases as well, in which the government has indirectly infringed on an owner's rights. In this type of action, the owner files a lawsuit against the governmental body. His experience also encompasses ad valorem tax challenges, and he has had several articles published on topics related to his practice areas. Mr. Gaylord's successful track record in all of these endeavors has earned him an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science in marine transportation management from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Mr. Gaylord spent several years as an officer with the U.S. Army, where he served in Afghanistan and Kuwait. He then enrolled at Stetson University College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2007.

*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%)


Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 8 years

Super Lawyers: 2019 Rising Stars: 2011 - 2018

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About Blake Gaylord

Admitted: 2008, Florida

Professional Webpage:


  • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers, 2011 - 2017
  • Up and Comer, Florida Trend Legal Elite, 2010 – 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Co-Chair, Eminent Domain Section, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Florida
  • Member, Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Young Lawyer Division, 2008 - Present
  • The Florida Bar, Eminent Domain Committee, 2008 - Present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • International Society of Arboriculture “Trees and the Law” Seminar, Wimauma, FL, September 2013
  • “Tort or Taking? Walking the Line Between Taking and Damage in Inverse Condemnation,” CLE International Eminent Domain Super Conference, 2009
  • “The Role of Construction Plans in Easement Takings,” Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer, October 2011
  • International Society of Arboriculture “Trees and the Law” Seminar, Winter Park, FL, August 2013
  • Co-Presenter, “Revival and Renewed Significance to an Owner’s Defenses Against the Taking: Reasonable Necessity,” CLE International Eminent Domain Annual Conference, October 2014
  • “Tree Appraisals from an Attorney’s View,” International Society of Arboriculture Seminar, Fort Lauderdale, FL, October 2014
  • “Tree Appraisals from an Attorney’s View,” International Society of Arboriculture Seminar, Winter Park, FL, September 2014
  • Co-Presenter, “Eminent Domain,” Judicial Conference of Circuit Judge, Kissimmee, FL, July 2014
  • Co-Presenter, “Establishing Damages with Respect to Market Fear,” CLE International Eminent Domain Conference, October 2015
  • “Work Smart, Win Big on Property Taxes,” PetroGram, Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer, Winter 2011
  • Co-Author, “Bearing the Burden: What You Should Know About Florida Property Taxes,” PetroGram, Summer 2011
  • “Necessity for a Taking: Actual or Engineered?” Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer, July 2014

Educational Background:

  • United States Merchant Marine Academy, B.S., 1999
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5001 W. Cypress Street
Tampa, FL 33607

Phone: 813-221-9000

Fax: 813-221-9030

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Last Updated: 5/8/2019

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