Corey Roberts is an associate attorney at Kilinski | Van Wyk where he specializes in the establishment and representation of special districts, including community development districts, improvement districts, stewardship districts, and recreational districts. He also represents private and public clients in construction law matters and serves as issuer’s counsel in conjunction with public financing.
Corey began his legal career with a prominent national insurance defense firm, practicing primarily in the areas of first party property and complex litigation with many of his clients being London based syndicates. Corey was able to gain extensive litigation experience and client interaction allowing for a quick transition to Kilinski | Van Wyk. He draws upon his vast knowledge base to represent developers, landowners, homebuilders, and others in the establishment and general counsel representation of various special districts, including Community Development Districts (“CDDs”). Corey takes great pride in helping clients create, finance, and operate vibrant communities and other development projects throughout Florida.
Corey graduated with honors from Stetson University, College of Law with a concentration in advocacy. During Corey’s time in law school, he was heavily involved with the Student Government Association (becoming President his final year of law school) and Stetson Ambassadors (becoming a member of the executive committee his final year). Additionally, during his time in law school, Corey interned with Judge Cory J. Ciklin with the Fourth District Court of Appeals in West Palm Beach and with Judge Sean P. Flynn with the Middle District Court of Florida. Corey draws from his breadth of knowledge and experiences to provide excellent leadership and legal advice for his clients.
Corey’s primary focus is specific to advising clients in the establishment and continuing operation of Community Development Districts and other forms of special taxing districts. Corey helps clients in the areas of public finance, public procurement, open government (Sunshine Law) and ethics, rulemaking procedures, construction matters, navigating various licensing requirements, real property transactions, election law, government contracts, and a wide array of District governing documents. Corey takes a hands-on approach, listens to the clients’ goals and challenges, and provides business and legal solutions to achieve the best possible outcomes. Corey enjoys helping both residential communities and developer communities find ways to achieve their goals within the framework of the law, creating dynamic spaces for residents to live, work, and play. In particular, Corey represents a large number of resident-controlled special districts, where he takes great pride in offering policy, business and legal advice in support of the elected officials’ direction and goals. A resident of a special district himself, he understands the importance of sound policy and supporting legal advice that leads to direct impact on individuals in those communities.
Corey also represents clients on business and governmental regulation matters, including, but not limited to construction law issues including contract negotiations, bidding matters, bidding protests, default situations, including foreclosure and bankruptcy, and in procuring alcohol and other licenses before the states licensing boards.
Public Finance – Corey works on several projects to assist his clients in developing public finance strategies to meet their needs. He is well equipped to provide sound guidance on construction, acquisition, strategy, and execution for multiple types of community infrastructure and development financing needs. His clients include a broad assortment of districts, each with varying goals. All projects are complex and having the right legal advice is a must when considering issuing bonds and creating alternate financing arrangements for funding water and sewer systems, public roadways, transportation improvements, drainage projects, and parks and recreation, among other public projects.
Developers Counsel – Corey provides direct service to developers and landowners on public financing matters, including review of financing documents, underwriter disclosures and related matters.
Landowner and Developer Services – Corey provides his clients with advice on all phases of landowner, developer, home builder and resident development activities and has a passion for bringing projects to life. He has been involved in significant projects guiding teams to the right strategy to achieve success with the least risk possible.
- Corey, along with the Kilinski | Van Wyk team, represent some of the largest master planned communities in Northeast Florida, Central Florida, Southeast Florida and areas in between.
- He also serves as counsel to some of Florida’s largest landowners, national homebuilders, and largest developers in the establishment of special districts and general counsel representation thereafter. This representation includes serving as district counsel in the validation of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax-exempt financing and serving as issuer’s counsel related to the same.
- Corey also represents a large number of resident controlled special districts, where he takes great pride in offering policy, business, and legal advise. He understands the importance of sound policy and supporting legal advice and the direct impact to individual’s lives in their communities.
In his free time, Corey enjoys spending time with his fiancé, family, and friends. Corey is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending time outside. If he is not working, you can find him by the pool relaxing or playing tennis enjoying the great weather that Florida offers.
Stetson University, College of Law, J.D., Cum Laude
(Dean’s List; Phi Delta Phi Distinction; Michael P. Allen Award for Excellence and Professionalism, Law Merit Scholarship Recipient; Rich Nenezian, Jim Jones, and Pete Cooley Memorial Scholarship Recipient; Joseph C. Mason, Jr., Scholar Recipient; Teaching Assistant to Professor James Sheehan, Pre-Trial Practice; Dispute Resolution Board, Rookie of the Year and Member; Student Bar Association, President and Secretary; Stetson Ambassadors, Co-Deputy Chief of Events; Conduct Code Committee, Ex. Officio Member)
University of Florida, B.A. Cum Laude
(Dean’s List; Order of Omega; Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity; The National Society of Leadership and Succes; The Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement; Honor Code Administration; Leader Learner Thinker Gator)
- Florida Bar Admission, 2021