The St. Pete Catalyst’s “Influencers” series features local business leaders who are making a positive impact in St. Pete. Read an excerpt from Larry Silvestri’s Q&A for the series below:
Larry Silvestri founded Silvestri Law, a commercial real estate law firm, in 2015. He specializes in retail and shopping centers, but works in pretty much all asset types. He has represented many local businesses in St. Pete in their leases, including the new CellarMasters Wine Bar and Bottle Shop in the Edge District, The Spice & Tea Exchange at the Sundial, Smile & Cream coming to the new Artistry apartment building in Grand Central, and several clients in the Skyway Marina District.
YEARS IN ST. PETE
I’ve lived in St. Pete for four years, but I’ve been visiting since 5th grade.
WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED EVERY DAY?
‘m a people person and in my law practice, a problem solver. I look forward to interacting with people, both on a professional and personal level. That’s what recharges my batteries and helps me get up in the morning.
WHY ST. PETE?
I love St. Pete. My first memories of St. Pete are flying from Detroit, alone, to visit my grandma for the holidays when I was in 5th grade. My father also retired to St. Pete, so as my son and daughter were growing up we would visit their grandpa and while she was alive, great-grandma. So I have many fond memories of St. Pete. But what really brought my wife and I to St. Pete was the combination of our son Paul planting himself here after attending Stetson Law School and the opportunity I saw in launching my commercial real estate transaction law practice at a time of unprecedented opportunity in St. Pete.
There’s so many interesting things happening in commercial real estate in St. Pete and in Tampa. I look forward to continuing to be involved in the community, serving my clients by negotiating and documenting some of those interesting deals.