Lauren Parsons Langham is a commercial real estate lawyer and shareholder of Jacksonville law firm Smith Hulsey & Busey. Representative clients include financial institutions, government and private businesses, and real estate investors.
Lauren’s practice includes leases with an emphasis on retail and office, loan documentation and closings, complex loan work-outs, loan restructurings, purchase and sale agreements and closing documents, real estate components of mergers and acquisitions, sale and lease-back transactions, multi-collateral foreclosures, deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure, secured transactions-based lending, and bulk sales, including management and supervision of other legal counsel. In addition, Lauren serves as local counsel in multi-state transactions and her practice includes complex documentary stamp and intangible tax analysis. Lauren also serves as local counsel to asset and investment managers and servicers.
Martindale-Hubbell recognizes Lauren as an AV® rated attorney, the highest such rating available to any individual lawyer. According to Martindale-Hubbell, an AV® certification mark signifies that a lawyer's peers rank her at the highest level of professional excellence. Lauren was named one of the Best Lawyers in America (since 2013). Lauren is a member of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Jacksonville, the real estate industry’s premier business organization dedicated to the advancement of women in commercial real estate, having previously served on its board and as its President. Lauren is also a member of the Jacksonville Women’s Network and ULI North Florida. In addition, Lauren develops and tests exam questions and grades exam papers for The Florida Board of Bar Examiners.
Lauren received her Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Florida in 1987 and her Juris Doctor degree with honors also from the University of Florida in 1990. She received four book awards during her law school education. Lauren is married and has two daughters.
Lauren’s representative clients and projects include:
· National lender in connection with loan workouts with a borrower and subsequent foreclosure of multiple loans and various types of collateral, such as an office building, residence, gemstones and receivables
· National lender in connection with financing aggregating $15 million secured by ground leases on several parcels of out-of-state real property
· Seller in connection with $15 million sale, lease-back and development of real estate complex with office, residential and retail components
· Gas station/convenience store operator in connection with purchase, sale, development and financing of multiple sites, aggregating $20 million
· Buyer/developer in connection with acquisition of multiple parcels for development of condominium project
· Borrower in connection with multi-state financing transactions exceeding $100 million, including counsel in documentary stamp and intangible tax matters
· Major hospital in preparation of form landlord lease for use in connection with its space leasing activities
· National lender in connection with the multi-phased bulk sale of bank branches in 13 states, including Florida, having an aggregate sales price in excess of a quarter of a billion dollars, as local Florida counsel, and lead counsel for all states, handling legal coordination, supervision and management
· National lender in connection with the bulk sale of leased and fee office buildings and other bank-owned properties in multiple states, 41 of such properties in Florida, for approximately $500 million as local counsel
· National lender in connection with negotiation and drafting of leases for retail store locations through-out Florida
· National lender in connection with negotiation and drafting of leases for ATMs through-out Florida
· National lender in connection with negotiation and drafting of leases of office space, subleases and ground leases through-out Florida
· Billboard leases
· Licenses, easements and access agreements in connection with right of way expansion and improvements for major financial institution
· Regulatory agency (FDIC) in the foreclosure of investment real estate including development rights
· State college in connection with acquisition of property for campus expansion and special projects
· Property owner in connection with condemnation of property for right of way
· Trucking company in connection with simultaneous purchase and financing of one facility and sale of another facility as part of a Section 1031 like-kind exchange