W. Christopher Rabil



W. Christopher (Chris) Rabil is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP, and a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Real Estate Law. His practice is focused on retail, commercial, industrial and multi-family acquisition, development, leasing, and finance. Chris has experience in all aspects of commercial real estate matters, including the acquisition and disposition of multi-asset portfolios, multi-family properties, timberland, hotels, warehouses, retail shopping centers, medical office buildings, and commercial buildings.

Representative Experience

  • Represented AgReserves, Inc., a for profit affiliate of the Mormon Church, in a $565 million acquisition of approximately 384,000 acres of Florida panhandle timber and rural lands, making the Mormon Church the largest private landowner in Florida.
  • Represented a private development company in the sale of The Cliffs Communities, consisting of seven golf course communities in the Carolina mountains
  • Represented affiliates of Starwood Capital Group in the sales of the Sheraton Ft. Lauderdale "Yankee Clipper" Beach Hotel and Westin Beach Resort & Spa
  • Represented a private company in the acquisition of a beach golf resort & spa on the east coast of Florida
  • Represented the family office of one of the wealthiest individuals in the United States in the acquisition of approximately 550,000 acres of timberland in Florida


Chris was recently recognized by The Legal 500 for his work in the area of real estate (2015). In 2018, he was honored as Florida Trend Legal Elite. He was also selected for inclusion in the 2016-2017 Florida Super Lawyers - Rising Stars® lists. Chris is Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system.


  • Duke University School of Law, (J.D., high honors, 2004), member of Order of the Coif.
  • University of Florida (M.S., 2001)
  • University of Florida (B.S., highest honors, 2000)

Admissions and Professional Memberships

  • Florida