Practice Areas

Practice Focus

Real Estate

  • Acquisitions
  • Dispositions
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Condominiums and Vertical Subdivisions

Finance

  • Acquisition Financing
  • Bridge Financing
  • Construction Financing
  • Permanent Financing
  • Mezzanine Financing
  • Subordinated Financing
  • Workouts of Distressed Real Estate Loans
  • Deed in Lieu Transactions

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Order of the Coif, Emory School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
  • B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, New York

Admissions and Memberships

  • Florida Bar, 2003

Awards and Press

  • Daily Business Review, “Boutique Miami Law Firm Closes its Biggest Transaction This Year at $875 Million,” December 22, 2017
  • Finalist, Daily Business Review 2015 Top Dealmaker, Corporate Industrial, 2015

Representation

Real Estate

  • Represented real estate developer in connection with the acquisition, development and financing of Class A senior housing communities in Palm Beach County, Florida and Osceola County, Florida.
  • Represented real estate developer in connection with the negotiation of purchase agreement and development agreement with local community redevelopment agency for the development of mixed-use affordable housing and retail project
  • Represented Florida municipality in connection with the development and ground leasing of city-owned property
  • Represented Miami‐based developer in connection with the sale of approximately 200-unit multifamily apartment community located in Miami‐Dade County, Florida.
  • Represented Latin  American  division  of  a  cable  network  in  connection  with  its  leasing  of  commercial  office  space  in  Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Finance

  • Represented Florida-based real estate investment firm in connection with the refinancing of portfolios of commercial office buildings in Central and Northern Florida.
  • Represented real estate developer and operator of commercial properties in connection with $43 million financing of Class A office space located in Broward County, Florida.
  • Represented Florida-based commercial bank in the workout and restructuring of over $50 million in distressed real estate loans.

Affiliations and Community Activities

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Miami
  • Urban Land Institute, Women’s Leadership Institute
  • Junior League of Miami, Sustaining Member

Lauren regularly advises corporate and private equity clients and institutions in all types of transactions in the real estate and financing sectors. She focuses on real estate acquisition, leasing, financing, management, development and disposition of industrial, commercial, retail and residential properties, and general corporate matters. She has extensive experience representing home builders in the acquisition, development and financing of land and the creation of developments governed by condominium and homeowners’ association regimes. Lauren has represented foreign and domestic investors in connection with the acquisition of real property throughout the United States. She has also represented private equity funds in connection with the acquisition and disposition of distressed real estate loans and assets. Lauren also has significant experience representing lenders in connection with complex secured lending transactions.

Lauren is a member of the adjunct faculty of the University of Miami School of Law teaching Land Security and Finance. Lauren is committed to community service as a member of the Junior League of Miami (JLM) since 2005 and has served in various leadership positions with JLM, including as Vice President of Development and serving on the Board of Directors from 2010-2011. Lauren is also a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a non-profit education and research institution focused on promoting responsible land development and building sustainable communities, and is active with the ULI’s Women’s Leadership Institute. Lauren and the firm are also members of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

Prior to joining Alvarez & Diaz-Silveira LLP, Lauren was a senior associate in the Miami office of White & Case LLP, a U.S.-based global law firm, where she represented corporate clients and financial institutions in a variety of real estate and financing transactions. Lauren’s additional past experience includes an internship with Hon. Julie E. Carnes of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Lauren received a B.A. in Economics from Barnard College of Columbia University in 1998 and graduated from Emory University School of Law, Order of the Coif, in 2003. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida.