Carlos A. Kelly
Stockholder - Fort Myers Office

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Direct Dial: 239.344.1326
Direct Fax: 239.344.1504

You may have spent your entire adult lifetime building your business and real estate interests. Carlos understands and respects that. That’s why he is a passionate advocate for his clients’ business and real estate interests when those interests must be protected or advanced in court, in arbitration, or before any other tribunal.

Carlos helps his business clients in the areas of partner/shareholder/co-owner claims, creditors’ rights, and other contract-based claims. He assists his real estate clients in the areas of eminent domain, inverse condemnation, Bert J. Harris, Jr., Private Property Rights Protection Act claims, purchase and sale disputes, landlord/tenant claims, and foreclosure.

Carlos speaks and writes for a variety of audiences, including the firm's Legal Scoop on Southwest Florida Real Estate blog. The Florida Bar’s Eminent Domain Committee, The Florida Bar's City, County & Local Government Section, and the Florida Association of County Engineers & Road Superintendents have featured Carlos as a lecturer on eminent domain topics, and the West Coast Florida Chapter of the Appraisal Institute has featured Carlos as a panel speaker on witness preparation in eminent domain cases. The American Bar Association published an article Carlos wrote about the use of eminent domain to condemn underwater mortgages (December 10, 2012 web post). The Florida Bar Journal has published several of Carlos' articles, including two that he wrote about eminent domain topics.  The Supreme Court of Florida cited his article, “Eminent Domain: Identifying Issues in Damages for the General Practitioner,” in System Components Corp. v. Florida Dept. of Transportation, 14 So.3d 967 (Fla. 2009).

Carlos is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. In addition to being admitted to all Florida state courts, Carlos is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.  

Professional and Civic Affiliations

Carlos volunteers in the community, serving on the Boards of the Uncommon Friends Foundation and the Imaginarium Museum, and on SalusCare, Inc.'s Finance Committee. He is also a member of the Association of Eminent Domain Professionals, the Real Estate Investment Society, and The Florida Bar’s Eminent Domain Committee.

Carlos served for six years as one of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit’s representatives to the Board of Governors of the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar. At the local level, Carlos served on the Twentieth Judicial Circuit’s Grievance Committee "D," ending his term by serving as vice-chair. He has served the Lee County Bar Association in several capacities, and currently is co-chair of the General Civil and Business Litigation Practice Section.

Carlos serves on Henderson Franklin’s Pro Bono Committee, as well as its Recruiting Committee, and previously chaired the firm’s Summer Associate Program for many years.

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  • Undergraduate Degree: Florida State University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1993 
  • Law Degree: Emory University, J.D., 1997 
  • Admitted to The Florida Bar 1997


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