Michele is a board certified real estate attorney.
She focuses on representing institutional lenders, businesses, individuals, and institutional lenders in connection with the acquisition, sale, financing, leasing, and ownership of real property. She is a member of the firm’s International Client Services group and represents foreign individuals and off-shore business entities regarding their U.S. real estate holdings.
Among her numerous civic and bar activities, Michele serves as a board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, as a board member and secretary for the Sarasota Family YMCA, and as a trustee and secretary for the YMCA Foundation of Sarasota. She also has served as general counsel and as a member of the board of directors for the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, and is a past president of the Sarasota County Bar Association. Michele is a frequent lecturer on the subjects of Florida taxation of real estate and lending transactions, and foreign investment in U.S. real estate. Her article entitled "Understanding the Issues Facing Foreign Investors in U.S. Real Property" was published in the foremost continuing education company for Florida real estate professionals.
What is Board Certification?
Board certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of competency and experience. Certification recognizes an attorney’s special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. It is designed to help consumers identify specialists in various areas of law. Only 6% of eligible Florida Bar members are board certified. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken extra steps to have their competence and experience evaluated.
Real Estate Certification
Certified lawyers in real estate law deal with matters relating to real property transactions including, but not limited to real estate conveyances, title searches, property transfers, leases, condominiums and cooperatives, interval ownership, mortgage, zoning and land use planning, real estate development and financing, real estate litigation, and determination of property rights.