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Melissa K. Nelson is a member of the firm’s Real Estate practice group in our Washington, D.C. office where she practices in the areas of leasing, development and finance.

Melissa has extensive experience advising clients on all stages of small and large scale real property acquisitions and dispositions, including due diligence, financing, development, closing and project operations. She represents regional and national banks in negotiating financing for real estate projects of varying sizes and purposes. She is skilled at negotiating and drafting both pad and in-line retail leases, for regional and national landlords and tenants.

Melissa has developed a broad expertise in advising developers, hotel owners and operators, builders and resort owners and operators, including in the areas of planning, development, restructuring and operation of resorts, master planned communities (residential, commercial, and large scale mixed use) and various types of condominium developments, including condo-hotels and condo conversions. She is experienced in obtaining federal trademark registrations and land sales registrations at the federal and state levels (including preparation of HUD filings and out of state registrations).

Melissa received her J.D., with Honors from Emory University School of Law, where she was Executive Symposium Editor of the Emory Law Journal. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Affiliations & Recognition

Professional Involvement

  • Florida Bar Association

Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Rated

Blogs

Focus

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Publications

"Fractured Condominiums in Florida: How do we Pick Up the Pieces?," Holland & Knight Real Estate Alert (July 01, 2010).
"So You Think You’re Not the Developer of That Condo Hotel – Think Again! Successor Condominium Hotel Developer Considerations Under the Florida Condominium Act," Holland & Knight Real Estate Publication (February 01, 2009).
"11th Circuit Court of Appeals Overturns Pukka – A Long-Standing Interpretation Is Reestablished," Holland & Knight Hospitality Industry Publication (January 13, 2009).
"So You think You’re Not the Developer of That Condo Hotel – Think Again!” Successor Condominium Hotel Developer Considerations Under the Florida Condominium Act," Holland & Knight Hospitality Industry Publication (November 12, 2008).
"How Developers and Hotel Operators Can Control Shared Facilities and Fairly Allocate Shared Facilities Expenses," Real Estate Finance magazine, Volume 23, Number 6 (April 01, 2007).
"Condominium Hotels: How Developers and Hotel Operators Can Control the Shared Facilities Without Overcontrolling Shared Facilities Expenses," Holland & Knight Property Writes, Volume 10, Issue 4 (December 01, 2006).

Speaking Engagements

"Condo Litigation," Florida Condominium Litigation, Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Panama City (May 01, 2008).
"Trademark Issues," Jacksonville Women's Business Center - Business Advisory Council, Jacksonville, Florida (September 05, 2007).

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