Dan McCawley

Dan McCawley (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

Dan McCawley

Attorney in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Dan McCawley focuses his practice on real estate matters. He has broad experience in the sale, purchase and leasing of commercial and residential properties including shopping centers, office buildings, industrial warehouses, apartment complexes, restaurants, golf courses, hotel projects and undeveloped land. His practice also includes acting as lending counsel for several banks, structuring joint ventures and partnerships and the negotiation of construction contracts and land use agreements. Dan's representative experience includes loan workouts, lease workouts, distressed real estate investments, and the acquisition and disposition of distressed loan portfolios. Dan represents several serial entrepreneurs and technology clients and assists them with their general legal issues. He also represents several restaurant chains regarding all their leases in the United States. Dan represents several distressed asset funds acquiring distressed loan portfolios, bulk condo purchases, REO and other distressed real estate.

Areas of Concentration

•Real estate
•Acquisition and development
•Land use agreements
•Partnerships, joint ventures and limited liability companies
•General business transactions
•Construction contracts
•Distressed real estate investments

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2010-2016
•Selected, Daily Business Review, Top Dealmaker of the Year - Land Category, 2015
•Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers, Law Firm of the Year in Real Estate Law, 2015
•Selected, Distinguished Alumni Award, honored during 100 Year Graduating Class Celebration, Fort Lauderdale High School, 2015
•Team Member, M&A Deal of the Year (Over $1 Billion to $5 Billion) for Platform Specialty Products Corporation (f/k/a Platform Acquisition Holdings Limited) acquisition of MacDermid, Incorporated and related entities, The M&A Advisor's 6th Annual International M&A Awards, 2014
•Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, Top Tier Firm in Real Estate, 2013 and 2014
•Team Member, a Law360 Real Estate Practice Group of the Year, 2011, 2012 and 2013
•Team Member, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2010 and 2013
•Listed, South Florida Business Journal, 40 Under 40, June 2010
•Listed, Gold Coast magazine, Broward County's 40 Under 40, 2009
•Listed, Florida Trend magazine, Legal Elite, Real Estate Law, 2006
•Listed, South Florida Business Journal, Best of the Bar, April 2004

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

11.17.15 Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Dan McCawley Named General Counsel of Operation Lift Hope
08.25.15 25 Greenberg Traurig Fort Lauderdale Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2016
08.19.15 135 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2016
05.11.15 16 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized By Daily Business Review During its 2015 Top Dealmakers Of The Year Awards Ceremony
05.04.15 Greenberg Traurig Fort Lauderdale Participates in Build Day with Habitat for Humanity of Broward
10.28.14 Greenberg Traurig Receives M&A Industrial Goods and Basic Resources Deal of the Year Award
08.20.14 24 Greenberg Traurig Fort Lauderdale Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers In America 2015
08.19.14 128 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers In America 2015
03.11.14 Greenberg Traurig Receives M&A Deal of the Year Award
10.11.13 Greenberg Traurig Team Assists Platform Acquisition Holdings Limited, Founders in $1.8B M&A

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

•Quoted, Change of Strategies: Buyer to Keep Fort Lauderdale Property as Marina, Daily Business Review, July 8, 2015
•Quoted, Working Dads' Changing Roles, Miami Herald, June 17, 2015
•Quoted, Sale of 380,000 Acres Came with 15-Year Development Restriction, Daily Business Review, May 11, 2015
•Mentioned, Move Over, Miami: Fla. Cities Poised for RE Growth in 2015, Law360, December 8, 2014
•Quoted, Land Crunch Hits Habitat for Humanity, Sun Sentinel, November 7, 2014

Noteworthy Experience

•U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP)

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Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Real Estate
  • Green Building & Sustainable Development
  • Education
  • Automotive Dealerships

Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Admission Details
Admitted in 1997, Florida, District of Columbia and Virginia
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Law School Attended
Stanford Law School
Class of 1997
Article Editor, Stanford Journal of Law, Business and Finance, Editor, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy
University Attended
University of Florida
Class of 1994
Birth Information
Born in 1972
Associations & Memberships

Professional & Community Involvement

•General Counsel, Operation Lift Hope, Board of Directors
•Executive Board Member, Stanford Alumni Club of South Florida
•Board Member, St. Mark's Episcopal School of Fort Lauderdale, Board of Trustees
•Member, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
•Member, Leadership Fort Lauderdale, Class VIII
•Volunteer, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Broward County
•Former Board Member, Broward Bank of Commerce, Advisory Board
•Former Board Member, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, Board of Directors
•Former Chairman, Downtown Council of The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce
•Member, Campaign Committee, United Way of Broward County, 1995-1996

Representative Cases
Significant Representations: Represented REIT in multiple-office building acquisitions throughout the United States. Represented seller of 400,000 acres (over nine Florida counties) for $565,000,000 in largest land sale in modern Florida history. Represented seller of $460,000,000 South Florida resort/golf complex. Represented buyer of $110,000,000 distressed national real estate portfolio acquisition. Represented for-profit educational company regarding campuses throughout the U.S. Refinancing of signature hotel project on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Multi-parcel assembly for major Fort Lauderdale oceanfront hotel and condominium development. $75 million sale of portfolio of South Florida shopping centers. $200 million sale of a recruiting powerhouse to consortium made up of communications and media companies. Acquisition and ground lease of FBO at Pittsburgh International Airport. Represented several restaurant chains regarding all tenant leases in U.S. Represented distressed asset fund acquiring $500 million distressed loan portfolio.

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Contact Information

Contact Information
Firm Address
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
401 East Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 2000,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Office Information
Office Information
Dan McCawley
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
401 East Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 2000,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Greenberg Traurig, LLP (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)