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Thomas B. Luzier

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Thomas B. Luzier

Tom is a board certified specialist in real estate.

Tom’s practice covers a wide variety of transactional matters, representing individuals and businesses in all phases of buying, financing, selling, and leasing residential and commercial property. He has successfully closed more than $1 billion in transactions to date.

Tom’s representative matters include:

  • Overseeing acquisition, sale, or construction of all character of multimillion dollar residences (waterfront, inland, condominium)
  • Site identification and acquisition, including acquisition of entitlements and oversight of construction, for multiple assisted living facilities throughout Florida and Kentucky
  • $90 million refinancing of statewide skilled nursing facility system
  • Purchase and/or refinancing of multiple auto dealerships
  • Negotiating acquisition, financing, and ongoing representation of apartment, hotel, and retail properties
  • Examination of title and issuance of title insurance in connection with thousands of residential, commercial, and vacant land transactions

In 2015, Tom was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve a four-year term as a consumer member of the Florida Real Estate Commission, which administers and enforces Florida’s real estate license law. He currently serves as chair of the FREC. A native Sarasotan, Tom’s civic affiliations include causes that promote the diversification of Sarasota’s economy and preservation of its cultural heritage. Tom is past chair of the Board of Trustees of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, where he also chaired its CEO search, audit, and nominating committees. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation.  Tom’s comments on Sarasota’s history, economy, and real estate market have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Gulf Coast Business Review, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, SRQ, New York Social Diary, and Metropolis.

 

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What is Board Certification?

Board certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of competency and experience. Certification recognizes an attorney’s special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. It is designed to help consumers identify specialists in various areas of law. Only 6% of eligible Florida Bar members are board certified. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken extra steps to have their competence and experience evaluated.

Real Estate Certification

Certified lawyers in real estate law deal with matters relating to real property transactions including, but not limited to real estate conveyances, title searches, property transfers, leases, condominiums and cooperatives, interval ownership, mortgage, zoning and land use planning, real estate development and financing, real estate litigation, and determination of property rights.

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Cumberland School of Law
  • B.A., Emory University

PRACTICES

ADMISSIONS & LICENSURE

  • Bar

    • Florida, Board Certified in Real Estate by The Florida Bar

HONORS

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent
  • Florida Trend, “50 Must-Know Contacts” in Sarasota County
  • AIA Florida, Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award, 2004
  • Gulf Coast Business Review – 40 Under 40, 2000
  • Sarasota Magazine, 100 Most Powerful People

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

  • Escrow -- It’s All About Your Money and Your License (3/14/18)
  • Forum on Property Management (5/25/16)

BAR & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

  • Florida Real Estate Commission, Chair
  • Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, Past Member and Counsel
  • John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation, Board of Directors, Past Member
  • Leadership Florida, Class XXIV
  • City of Sarasota Historic Preservation Board, Former Chair
  • City of Sarasota Charter Review Committee, 2006
  • City of Sarasota City Manager Search Committee, 2007
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Board of Trustees, Former Chair
  • Sarasota Architectural Foundation, Founder and Past Co-Chair
  • Sarasota Association of Realtors, Attorney/Realtor Joint Committee, Past Member 
  • Sarasota County Tourist Development Council, Past Member
  • Super Bowl XLIII Host Committee, Board of Directors, Past Member
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