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Terrence M. Gilbride

Partner; Real Estate Development, College & University, and Public-Private Partnerships Practices Leader
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  • New York

St. Bonaventure University, B.A., magna cum laude 

University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., cum laude

Terry focuses his practice on large, multifaceted commercial real estate development projects. He heads both the firm's College & University Practice and Public-Private Partnership Practice, and has significant experience in student housing development, construction and financing, hotel acquisition and financing transactions, public/private partnerships, nonprofit-sponsored real estate development projects, historic preservation matters, sports facility leasing and development, industrial development agency projects, commercial real estate financing transactions, and commercial leasing. Terry also devotes a substantial portion of his practice to construction law matters, regularly representing owners and developers in construction and architect contract negotiations.


  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America, (Real Estate Law, Construction Law) 2005 - 2024
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 2002 - present
  • Listed, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business - Band 1 (Real Estate) 2017- 2023
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year (Real Estate Law) Buffalo, 2016, 2019, 2022, 2024
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers (Real Estate) 2007- 2023
  • Listed, Buffalo Business First/Buffalo Law Journal’s Legal Elite of Western New York, 2019
  • Construction Lawyers Society of America, Fellow, 2018
  • Buffalo Business First's 40 Under Forty Award, 2001


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Terry is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the American Bar Association.

From 2002 to 2006, he served as an outside director to a publicly traded, NASDAQ-listed company—a position that culminated in his chairing the board committee responsible for negotiating the sale of the company through a tender offer. Beginning in 2010, Terry has served as a guest lecturer on construction law matters for the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Community & Pro Bono

  • Member, Historic Preservation Board: City of Buffalo

  • Trustee, Daemen College
  • Corporate Counsel, Martin House Restoration Corporation
  • Member, Dean's Advisory Council: University at Buffalo School of Law
  • Past President, Board of Directors: University at Buffalo School of Law, Alumni Association
  • Past Chair, Board of Trustees: Meals on Wheels for Western New York, Inc.
  • Past Chair, Board of Trustees: Goodwill Industries of Western New York, Inc.
  • Past Trustee, Erie Community College Foundation
  • Past Trustee, University at Buffalo Foundation