A. Wayne Rich focuses his practice in the areas of real estate and transportation, with emphasis on acquisition, disposition, development and land use matters.
Rich has played an integral role in shaping Central Florida’s infrastructure landscape. Appointed by the late Governor Lawton Chiles, he served as Chairman of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority for seven years during his ten-year tenure. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing expansion of the system, implementation of electronic tolling and the start of the western expressway, a $400 million project. He also supervised the successful refinancing of all outstanding debt, the issuance of new project financing and the structuring of escrows to help make the Authority more efficient, in addition to creating significant savings.
He co-founded the Transportation and Expressway Authority Membership of Florida (TEAMFL), an organization consisting of all the toll agencies in Florida, intended to help in the exchange of information about the toll industry in the state. He is Past Chairman of the organization, which includes 250 corporate statewide members, 1,500 individuals and nine state agencies.
In 2013, he received the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) Transportation Achievement Award for his contribution to the industry.
Rich provides a wide array of real estate, land use and zoning services to his public and private sector clients, including property development, governmental coordination, negotiations, mediations, document preparation and closing acquisitions, title and survey matters and appraisal analysis.
He serves as a consultant and advisor to a number of major landowners in the development community, and has been involved with the acquisition and disposition of numerous apartment projects, large tracts and land developments in Central Florida.
Immediately prior to joining Broad and Cassel, Rich served as City Attorney for the City of Orlando following his appointment as Chair of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Transition Team, which led to a significant reorganization of the Orlando City government. He has served as Special Counsel to the Mayor.
Rich served as Chair of the Orange County Housing Finance Authority, an agency that provides tax-exempt financing for single family and multi-family affordable housing.
Rich has been a private developer in Central Florida, and co-founded a real estate development firm that specialized in single family and multi-family projects.
He has been recognized as a “Best Lawyer” in The Best Lawyers in America® and Orlando Magazine for Land Use and Zoning Law in 2011-2018. He was named one of Orlando’s Most Influential Businessmen by the Orlando Business Journal in 2010.
Rich holds an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, a testament to the fact that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.
An active member of the Central Florida community, Rich is a Board Member of the YMCA of Central Florida and the American Heart Association. Rich chaired the local volunteer executive committee, the Leadership Circle, which is now the Central Florida Board of Directors. Rich, with his wife, Gwen, also served twice as co-chairs of one of the region’s largest grossing nonprofit events, the Heart Ball. Rich was appointed to chair Florida’s Advocacy Subcommittee of the American Heart Association during the association’s 2014-2015 fiscal year.