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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 guides his business clients in the areas of partner/shareholder claims, creditors’ rights, and other contract-based claims. He advises 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, real estate broker/agent defense, landlord/tenant claims, and foreclosure.

Carlos is a sought-after speaker on a multitude of eminent domain aspects, including best practices to prepare an appraiser witness for trial in condemnation cases. He has presented for The Florida Bar’s Eminent Domain Committee, The Florida Bar’s City, County & Local Government Section, the Florida Association of County Engineers & Road Superintendents, Half Moon Education, Inc., and the West Coast Florida Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.

Carlos also writes frequently on these issues.  His writings have been published by the American Bar Association and The Florida Bar Journal.  One of his articles has been cited by The Supreme Court of Florida and the Cardozo Law Review. Carlos is also an author for the firm’s Legal Scoop on Southwest Florida Real Estate blog and Southwest Florida Business and IP Bulletin

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 Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.

When he’s not practicing law, Carlos enjoys physical training, cheering for the ‘Noles on the gridiron, and watching black and white movies from the 1940’s and 50’s.

Professional and Civic Affiliations

Carlos volunteers in the community, serving on the Board of the Uncommon Friends Foundation, 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 is the co-founder of P.E.A.K., a business roundtable made up of members of the accounting, banking, construction, education, financial advising, health, information technology, insurance, legal, mortgage brokering, non-profit, public relations, and real estate professions.

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 many capacities, and currently is co-chair of the General Civil and Business Litigation Practice Section.

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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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