Overview Experience Events News Fred S. Ridley Partner fridley foley.com Download vCard Fred S. Ridley is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP, and national chair of Foley’s Real Estate Practice, and a member of the Hospitality & Leisure (former co-chair), and Sports Industry Teams. Mr. Ridley also is a former member of the firm’s Management Committee. His practice is focused in the areas of commercial and planned unit real estate development and finance, golf and recreational amenity and resort development, and multifamily/condominium developments. Representative Experience Mr. Ridley has over 25 years of experience in representing developers of single-family and multifamily real estate projects and has been lead counsel to several of the most recognized waterfront developments in Florida. In connection with these projects, he has coordinated all acquisition and financing issues, environmental and coastal permitting, and negotiations of entitlements with local and state governmental entities. Mr. Ridley’s experience in acquisition and financing transactions is focused on multifamily and planned-unit and condominium development, office and retail development, as well as private golf clubs and projects that have golf, tennis, and/or yachting as a primary recreational amenity. He coordinates Foley’s legal work for Starwood Capital Group, MetLife Real Estate Investors, OUE Limited and Tower Three Partners. Affiliations Mr. Ridley is a past president of the United States Golf Association (2004-05). Education Mr. Ridley received his J.D. degree in 1977 from Stetson University College of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 1974. Recognition Mr. Ridley has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. He was recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2004 – 2017) and has been selected for inclusion in the 2006 – 2016 Florida Super Lawyers® lists. In 2010 and 2006 – 2016, he was recognized by The Legal 500 in the area of real estate. Mr. Ridley has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for his real estate work.