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Terrence M. Gilbride

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

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 - 2023
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 2002 - present
  • Listed, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, (Real Estate) 2017- 2022
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year (Real Estate Law) Buffalo, 2016, 2019, 2022
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers (Real Estate) 2007- 2022
  • 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