Stephen L. Kussner Attorney At Law

Stephen L. Kussner - Attorney at Law


Real Estate Development and Finance Team Leader

T 813.273.5000
F 813.273.5145
D 813.273.5296
Tampa 101 East Kennedy Blvd. Suite 4000 Tampa, Florida 33602

Creative dealmaker and negotiator handling sophisticated commercial real estate transactions across Florida and nationwide. Known for experience with complex financings and alternative investment vehicles.

Steve Kussner has been effectively closing complex real estate transactions and portfolio deals for more than 30 years. A pragmatic and trusted advisor, he leads the firm’s Real Estate Development and Finance Team, a close-knit group of professionals providing turnkey service for clients in an array of commercial real estate transactions. Steve represents national homebuilders, developers, investors, REITs, commercial landlords and tenants, public and private companies, insurance companies, and high-net-worth individuals in large acquisitions, dispositions, and financings, including DST transactions. His expertise on the financing side includes representation of institutional lenders and borrowers in both conventional and securitized loans.

Steve’s expertise covers a diverse mix of commercial property types and investment portfolios, including regional malls and shopping centers, apartment projects, data centers, hospitals, office buildings, and subdivisions. His practice has evolved and grown in step with perennial client needs and interests. Steve understands that every transaction delivers its own unique set of circumstances and he collaborates with clients throughout each phase of the deal lifecycle to help them obtain capital, manage financial products, and structure the capital stack for optimal outcomes. He advises clients with interests in Florida and works closely with an extensive network of local counsel across the country to serve client needs in nearly every state.

Steve works frequently with GrayRobinson colleagues in the construction, land use, and litigation practice areas to provide comprehensive counsel and connectivity for commercial real estate clients. 

  • Recognition
    • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2004-2006, 2011-2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2021
    • Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2003-2024
    • Florida Super Lawyers, selected for inclusion, 2006-2022
    • Tampa Bay Magazine, The Best Lawyers in Tampa Bay, 2021
  • Affiliations
    • American Bar Association
    • The Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
    • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Credentials
    •  J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1983, with High Honors
      • University of Florida Law Review
    •   B.S., University of Florida, 1980, with High Honors
  • Admissions
    • Florida