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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.


  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Tier 1 - Real Estate 2017- present
  • Best Lawyers' "Lawyer of the Year," Real Estate Law, Buffalo, 2016, 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America (Real Estate Law, Construction Law) 2004 - 2020
  • Construction Lawyers Society of America, Fellow, 2018
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2007- 2019
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 2002 - present
  • Buffalo Business First's 40 Under Forty Award, 2001





Professional Associations

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, City of Buffalo Historic Preservation Board

  • Trustee, Daemen College
  • Corporate Counsel, Martin House Restoration Corporation
  • Member, The University at Buffalo School of Law, Dean’s Advisory Council
  • Past President, SUNY Buffalo Law School Alumni Association, board of directors
  • Past Chair, Meals on Wheels for Western New York, Inc., board of trustees
  • Past Chair, Goodwill Industries of Western New York, Inc., board of trustees
  • Past Trustee, Erie Community College Foundation
  • Past Trustee, University at Buffalo Foundation