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Bernice S. Saxon


Bernice S. Saxon
Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A.
Fifth Third Center
201 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 600
Tampa, Florida 33602

Telephone: 813.314.4500
Extension: 4501
Direct Line: 813.314.4501
Facsimile: 813.314.4555

Bernice S. Saxon, managing partner and co-founder of Saxon|Gilmore, has practiced law for more than 35 years, specializing in corporate and business transactions, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, real estate law, public affordable and workforce housing, mixed-finance real estate transactions, tax credits, and estate planning/trusts and estates.  Ms. Saxon received both her law degree and her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Toledo in Ohio, where she later taught at the College of Law. She was a member of the University of Toledo Law Review.  While in Toledo, Ms. Saxon served as a member of the Toledo City Council. After admission to the Ohio Bar in 1973, Ms. Saxon practiced in Toledo until her move to Florida in 1982, where she entered private practice in the Tampa area. Ms. Saxon is admitted to practice in Florida and Ohio.  Ms. Saxon has extensive experience in the formation of entities, including corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and general and limited partnerships, as well as in real estate development, including affordable housing and planned development projects requiring negotiation and drafting of complex financial and restructuring documents for the acquisition and disposition of real property and examination and issuance of title insurance.  She has worked with developers of large scale real estate projects and represented housing authorities which have formed partnerships with private developers in order to construct and redevelop affordable housing for low and moderate income households.  The financing related to these projects is highly technical since it often involves a combination of tax credits, tax exempt bonds, State of Florida loan program funds, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants. Ms. Saxon also assists clients with their estate planning needs as well as with probate administration.


Corporate and Business Transactions
Mergers and Acquisitions
Mixed-Finance Real Estate Transactions
Public, Affordable, and Workforce Housing
Estate Planning/Trusts and Estates


Florida (all state courts)
Ohio (all state courts)
U.S. District Court (Middle and Northern Districts of Florida)
U.S. Court of Appeals (Eleventh Circuit Court)


The Florida Bar
Hillsborough County Bar Association
Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center


University of Toledo (J.D., cum laude, 1973)
University of Toledo (B.A., cum laude, 1968)