Blake Gaylord is a December 2007 graduate of Stetson University College of Law. He joined Gaylord Merlin Ludovici Diaz & Bain as an associate in spring of 2008 where he began practicing in the field eminent domain and property rights.
While at Stetson University, Mr. Gaylord, achieved multiple honors including being recognized as one of three Outstanding Graduates in the Fall of 2007 and was the recipient of the Fall 2007 Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund Award for outstanding performance and interest in the fields of property, real estate and land use planning. He was also member of the winning teams for both the ATLA/Yerrid Law Group Trial Competition and the Stetson College of Law Advanced Trial Competition. Mr. Gaylord has written articles regarding eminent domain which include “Eminent Domain Issues Raise Need for Condemnation Clauses,” Tampa Bay Business Journal (2007) and “Condemnation Clauses for Landlords and Tenants: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure,” Petrogram: News for Florida’s Petroleum and Convenience Store Industry (Winter 2007).
Mr. Gaylord is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC),The Florida Bar Association and the Hillsborough County Bar Association.
Mr. Gaylord was born and raised in Tampa, Florida where he remained until his admission to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. While at the Academy, he spent a year at sea as a seaman’s apprentice delivering commercial cargo to ports in Belgium, England, France, Germany, Holland, Israel, Malta, Mexico, Spain and Tunisia. After his time at sea, Mr. Gaylord was licensed as a Third Mate for Vessels of Unlimited Tonnage and an Advanced Marine Firefighter. Upon graduation from the Academy, he served for five years as an officer in the United States Army as a Platoon Leader of an amphibious watercraft platoon, the operations and planning officer of a waterborne battalion and as an executive officer for a contingency contracting detachment . This time included service with the Coalition Forces Land Component Command in Kuwait and Afghanistan during the Global War on Terror. He is married to Haven Davis Gaylord and together they enjoy free diving, spearfishing, running, biking and participating in triathlons.
You can contact Mr. Gaylord here or by calling 813-221-9000.