Lauren O. Cankaya

Area of Focus: Real Estate, Public-Private Partnerships, Affordable Housing & Tax Credit
Lauren O. Cankaya
Lauren O. Cankaya counsels clients on both affordable housing matters and public-private partnerships (P3s). Her representation on P3s sees her guiding clients through all levels of the procurement process for public-private partnerships. Lauren also has experience in land use and zoning matters, including developments of regional impact and the preparation of development applications to local government agencies.
Q & A
How has your professional experience outside of law informed your current practice?
Prior to law, I worked in public relations, including handling the public relations accounts of South Florida developers. If there is one thing you learn from a career in public relations, it is that clear and persistent communication is indispensable to success. You learn the importance of ensuring that the client understands market trends and industry issues that they can capitalize on, and on the effectiveness of communicating on their behalf to achieve results. This best practice of keeping developers up-to-date on important developments and key trends shaping their business environment continues to be a critical aspect of my real estate counsel to clients.
Is there something unique about your practice?
I currently practice as a transactional real estate attorney, but this builds upon my previous practice in land use and zoning. Consequently, I’ve developed a holistic approach to client matters built on a comprehensive understanding of real estate issues that can affect a given development. I count this 360 degree view as an important part of my practice because most of the matters I work on are complex ones that require an understanding of multiple real estate-related practice areas.
  • Florida International University, J.D., cum laude, 2018
    University of North Carolina, B.A., 2012
  • Florida