Lorena Hart Ludovici


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Lorena Hart Ludovici represents a variety of business and property owners throughout Florida and has represented clients in Georgia, Louisiana and Texas.

Lorena began practicing eminent domain law after graduating from Stetson College of Law where she was a member of the Stetson Law Review and served as a Teaching Fellow for the research and writing program.  She is a founding partner of Gaylord, Merlin, Ludovici & Diaz, and is admitted to practice before all Florida state courts, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. District Courts for Florida’s Middle and Southern Districts.


  • The Florida Bar, 1990
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida


  • John B. Stetson University College of Law
    D., 1989.
    Stetson Law Review, Member (1988-89)
    Teaching Fellow, Research and Writing (1987-88)
  • University of Florida.
    S., with honors, 1986.
    Member, Phi Kappa Phi.


  • The Florida Bar (Member, Eminent Domain Committee, 1991- present; Chair, 2017-18, 1999-2000; Vice-Chair 2012 – present, 1998-99)
  • American Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar (Member, Eminent Domain Committee, 1994- present)
  • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (President 2001-02; President-elect 2000-2001; 1st Vice-President; Programs 1999-00; 2nd Vice-president, Membership 1998-99).
  • Florida Petroleum Marketers Association (FPMA)


  • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Trend’s, “Legal Elite” (2005-13, 2015-17)
  • Best Lawyers in America, “Best Lawyer,” (2008-2022)
  • Florida Super Lawyer, “Super Lawyer” (2006-2022)
  • Top 50 Women Florida Super Lawyers in (2008-2014; 2018; 2019; 2021)
  • Tampa Bay Magazine, “Best Lawyer” (2008)
  • Tampa Magazine “Tampa Top Lawyers” (2016-2017)
  • Women of Influence 2017 Best Lawyers Business Edition


  • Licensed Real Estate Sales

Beyond The Bio

Beyond The Bio

Building relationships is the best part of our practice. I often advise potential clients when interviewing for a lawyer that there are many good lawyers, but among them you should choose a lawyer with whom you trust, get along, and feel good about. When it comes down to mediation and trial, we will be spending a lot of time together and a good relationship with a foundation of trust becomes very important. Just as important is the relationship I enjoy within our office with my partners and staff. We have a super terrific team, and most of us have been working together for decades. When away from the office, I enjoy spending time with my family. Some of our favorite activities together include snow skiing (snowboarding for the younger ones) in the Rockies, hiking in the Carolinas and following the Florida Gators.