Stephen J. Szabo



Stephen J. Szabo III is a partner and real estate business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He focuses his practice on the areas of commercial real estate; golf course, marina, recreation, and resort development law; leasing and finance; commercial lending; and state taxation. Steve is counsel to large residential developers of both high-end condominium projects and planned unit developments as well as assisted living communities. He also works for owners/developers of apartment complexes and shopping centers and has extensive experience representing lenders on multi-state loan transactions. Steve is a member of the firm's Real Estate Practice and its Hospitality & Leisure and Health Care Industry Teams.


Steve received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 1990 and received his B.A., cum laude, with honors in economics from Kenyon College in 1983.

Professional Memberships

Steve is a member of The Florida Bar and the Hillsborough County Bar Association.


  • Peer review rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in the Martindale-Hubbel® Peer Review Ratings™ system
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of:
    • Real Estate Law (2006-2023)
    • Leisure and Hospitality Law (2015-2023)
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2006-2018 Florida Super Lawyers® lists
  • Recognized as one of Florida’s Legal Elite™ by Florida Trend magazine in 2005
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the practice area of Real Estate (2022)


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