Douglas L. Waldorf

Bar/Court Admissions
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • J.D., Legal Research and Writing Honors, University of Florida, Levin College of Law, 1985
  • M.B.A., University of Florida, 1985
  • B.S.B.A., with honors, University of Florida, 1982

Doug Waldorf, a Director at Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., has practiced law in Southwest Florida since 1987, including more than a decade as in-house counsel for SunTrust Bank. He is Board Certified in real estate by The Florida Bar since 2002, and listed in The Best Lawyers in America in both Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law (2016-2020), in Super Lawyers (2017-2019), and Naples Illustrated’s List of Top Lawyers (2018-2019). Doug represents institutional and private equity lenders in structuring, documenting and closing commercial and residential financing transactions including construction financing, asset-based loans, loan syndications and participations, bond financing and SBA loans. He has extensive experience in mortgage foreclosures, deeds in lieu of foreclosure, forbearance agreements and other matters related to defaulted loan workouts and collection. In addition, his practice areas include both commercial and residential real estate purchase and sale transactions, leasing and related landlord/tenant matters, and business entity selection and formation for real estate transactions.

Doug is a frequent lecturer for the Miami-based Center for Financial Training presenting educational seminars on loan documentation, loan defaults and collection, real estate law and mortgage foreclosure.

A lifelong resident of Southwest Florida, Doug is a member of Ave Maria Law School’s Board of Advisors and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center and chairs its steering committee for the annual Alzheimer’s Symposium, hosted by the Center in partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University.

Areas of Concentration:

  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Real Estate Transactions and Leasing
  • Mortgage Foreclosure and Loan Collection

Representative Financing Transactions:

  • $48MM syndicated loan for hotel construction
  • $47.6MM acquisition loan for Class A office building
  • $33.5MM retail center refinance
  • $28MM equity refinance for state university student housing
  • $20MM multi-family housing acquisition and renovation
  • $15MM working capital line of credit
  • $13.2MM line of credit for investment real estate acquisition
  • $10MM multi-tranche facility for clubhouse construction
  • $9MM multi-tranche facility for clubhouse renovation
  • $8.5MM facility for hurricane cleanup and restoration
  • $7.5MM direct placement revenue refunding bond
  • $6.9MM mixed use office and residential project acquisition
  • $6.5MM direct pay letter of credit backing taxable variable rate demand bond issue
  • $5.75MM hotel acquisition
  • $5.3MM bank placement tax exempt bond issue
  • $4.2MM bank placement tax exempt bond issue
  • Collier County Bar Association
  • Lee County Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar (Real Property and Probate Law Section)
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Presenter, Center for Financial Training, Miami, Florida
    • Understanding Commercial Loan Structures
    • Loan Defaults: Strategies and Tactics for Lenders
    • Understanding Mortgage Foreclosure & Loan Collection Litigation
    • Loan Documentation for Tough Times
    • Understanding Commercial Loan Documentation
    • Managing Litigation Cost
    • Commercial Loan Documentation I
    • Commercial Loan Documentation II
    • Real Estate Law for Bankers
    • Title Insurance Basics for Bankers
    • The Real Estate Loan Closing Process
    • Construction Loan Documentation
  • Presenter, Total Training Solutions, Inc.
    • Mortgage Foreclosure
    • Real Estate Law for Bankers
  • Presenter, City of Clearwater Economic Development and Housing Department
    • Florida Foreclosure Law
  • Author, “Mortgage Foreclosure and Loan Collection: A Practical Guide for Lenders”
  • Author, “Bank Loan Defaults: Strategies and Tactics for Lenders in Florida”