Lauren Gentry is a Partner at Kilinski | Van Wyk where she specializes in the establishment and representation of special districts, including community development districts, improvement districts, and stewardship districts. She also represents private and public clients in construction law matters and serves as issuer’s counsel in conjunction with public financing.
Lauren began her legal career as a federal judicial clerk to the Honorable Patricia D. Barksdale of the Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division. She entered private practice in 2018, joining the CDD practice group at Hopping, Green & Sams P.A., and joined Kilinski | Van Wyk as a founding member in 2021. Lauren has an interest in helping clients create, finance, and operate vibrant communities and other development projects throughout Florida.
Lauren’s focus is specific to advising clients in the establishment and continuing operation of community development districts and other forms of special taxing districts – Lauren helps clients in the areas of public finance, public procurement, open government (Sunshine Laws) 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. She enjoys helping residential communities find ways to achieve their goals within the framework of the law, and helping developer clients create dynamic spaces where the community can live, work, and play.
Public Finance – Lauren has helped numerous clients develop public finance strategies to meet their funding needs. While each project is unique, Lauren advises clients regarding matters such as construction, acquisition, project phasing, and sources of funding for projects ranging from residential communities to commercial centers and environmental stewardship districts. All projects are complex and having the right legal advice is a must when considering issuing bonds and creating alternate financing arrangements for funding public infrastructure such as water and sewer systems, public roadways, transportation improvements, drainage projects, and parks and recreation, among other public projects. Lauren also has experience in the restructuring and reissuance of bonds.
Issuers Counsel – Lauren has provided counsel on bond issuances totaling hundreds of millions for multiple clients.
Landowner and Developer Services – Lauren has provided clients with advice on all phases of landowner, developer, home builder and resident development activities.
- Lauren represents some of the largest master-planned communities throughout Florida.
- Lauren represents many resident-controlled special districts, where she counsels Supervisors and residents on legal and policy matters to help them achieve their goals within the framework of Florida law.
- Lauren has served as counsel to some of Florida’s largest landowners and developers in establishing, financing, constructing, and operating special districts.
- Lauren has helped achieve tax-exempt financing for numerous projects in all stages of the funding process, from developing financing strategy to validating, issuing, and refinancing bonds.
- Lauren excels in bringing teams together to develop creative and effective legal solutions, including facilitating coordination with owners, contractors, engineers and related professionals.
In her free time, Lauren stays active in the legal community, currently serving as the Treasurer and Grants Chair for the Young Lawyers Section of the Tallahassee Bar Association, and enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, painting, and spending time with friends and family. She is also passionate about local history and historic preservation, and spent a year in England obtaining a master’s degree in International Cultural Heritage Management, where she interned with Historic England’s Planning and Legal teams to evaluate appeals cases for local development approvals affecting historic assets.
- Durham University, M.A. in International Cultural Heritage Management, with Distinction (interned with Historic England Planning & Legal Team)
- Florida State University, J.D., magna cum laude (Order of the Coif, Member; Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor and Meritorious Service Award; Journal of Transnational Law and Policy, Member; Moot Court, Registered Brief Writer; William H. Stafford American Inn of Court, Pupil Member; Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Team Member and Outstanding Team Orals Award; Research Assistant to Professor Nat Stern)
- Auburn University, B.A. in Psychology, summa cum laude (Graduated with 4.0 GPA; National Merit Scholarship Recipient; College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Scholarship Recipient; Honors College Member)
- Tallahassee Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section (Board Member, Treasurer, Grants Chair)
- Past – Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
- Past – Chester Bedell American Inn of Court; Associate Member
- Past – William H. Stafford American Inn of Court, Pupil Member
- Florida Bar Admission, 2015