Lorena Hart Ludovici

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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: 2006 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Eminent Domain
    Attorney Profile

    As a founding partner of the Gaylord Merlin Ludovici & Diaz law firm in Tampa, Florida, attorney Lorena Hart Ludovici represents the rights and interests of a diverse range of businesses and property owners who have pressing legal issues involving eminent domain and condemnation. Serving clients throughout the Southeast, including Georgia, Texas and Louisiana, as well as all across Florida, Ms. Ludovici has become one of the region's leading attorneys for this area of law, and she has earned numerous awards and honors from her peers.

    Of note, Ms. Ludovici holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and The Best Lawyers in America has recognized her each year since 2008. Best Lawyers Business Edition named her to its list of Women of Influence in 2017, and Florida Trend magazine voted her a "Legal Elite" from 2005 to 2013 and again from 2015 to 2017. She has also received Best Lawyer and Top Lawyer designations from Tampa Bay Magazine and Tampa Magazine, respectively.

    Ms. Ludovici's success comes from her extensive legal experience borne from her more than 30 years in practice along with her unwavering commitment to those she serves. In all cases, she provides the personalized attention and dedicated support her clients deserve during what is likely a very stressful and confusing time. She and her law firm have helped countless clients achieve favorable outcomes against powerful condemnation authorities, such as state transportation agencies, large energy conglomerates, transportation authorities, power and utility companies, and others.

    A 1986 honors graduate of the University of Florida, Ms. Ludovici attended John B. Stetson University College of Law, where she was a member of the Stetson Law Review and a research and writing teaching fellow. She obtained her Juris Doctor in 1989, and she is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida as well as the Florida Supreme Court. She is also a licensed real estate broker.

    A leader in her field, Ms. Ludovici served as chair of The Florida Bar's Eminent Domain Committee (1999 -2000and 2017 -18), and also served as co-chair of the 2nd, 3rd and 11th Annual Super Conferences on Eminent Domain sponsored by CLE International. In addition, she has served on several other committees devoted to eminent domain law, and she is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Hillsborough County Bar, the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers and the Florida Petroleum Marketers Association.

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    Practice Areas
    • 100%Eminent Domain


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    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020

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    About Lorena Ludovici

    Admitted: 1990, Florida

    Professional Webpage: http://gaylordmerlin.com/team/lorena-ludovici/


    • Tampa Bay Magazine, “Best Lawyer”, 2008
    • Women of Influence 2017 Best Lawyers Business Edition
    • Tampa Magazine “Tampa Top Lawyers, 2016-17
    • Florida Super Lawyer, “Super Lawyer”, 2006-17
    • Top 50 Women Florida Super Lawyers in 2011-14
    • Florida Trend’s, “Legal Elite”, 2005-13, 2015-17
    • Best Lawyers in America, “Best Lawyer,”, 2008-17
    • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Florida Real Estate License

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • S. Supreme Court
    • S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
    • S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
    • S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, 1st Vice-President; Programs 1999-00
    • Florida, 1990
    • Florida Petroleum Marketers Association (FPMA)
    • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, 2nd Vice-president, Membership 1998-99
    • The Florida Bar, Member, Eminent Domain Committee, 1991- present
    • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, President-elect 2000-2001
    • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, President 2001-02
    • Hillsborough County Bar, Member, Eminent Domain Committee, 1994- present
    • Chair of Eminent Domain Committee of the Florida Bar 2017-2018 and also in 1998-1999, Vice Chair since 2013.

    Educational Background:

    • University of Florida. S., Honors: with honors, Honors: Member, Phi Kappa Phi, 1986
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    5001 W. Cypress Street
    Tampa, FL 33607

    Phone: 813-221-9000

    Fax: 813-221-9030

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