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Michele B. Grimes


Michele B. Grimes

Michele is a board certified real estate attorney.

She focuses on representing 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 chair of the board of directors of the Sarasota Family YMCA, a board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, and as a trustee and secretary for the YMCA Foundation of Sarasota. She is the current president of the Service Club of Manatee County. 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.


  • J.D., University of Florida College of Law, With Honors
  • B.A., Lafayette College, Cum Laude



  • Bar

    • Florida, Board Certified in Real Estate by The Florida Bar


  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2007
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2008, 2013
  • Best Lawyers, 2013-2019
  • Lifetime of Leadership Award, Leadership Sarasota County, 2019
  • Legal Legends Award, Legal Aid of Manasota, 2013
  • The Chairman’s Cup Award, The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce , 2000



  • Safe Children Coalition (f/k/a Sarasota Family YMCA, Inc.), Board of Directors, Past Chair
  • Safe Children Coalition (f/k/a Sarasota Family YMCA, Inc.), Board of Directors, Past Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair
  • Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Nominating Committee, Leadership Sarasota Alumni Association, Past General Counsel and Board Member
  • Service Club of Manatee County, President, Board Member
  • Sarasota County Bar Association,
    • Attorney-Realtor Joint Committee, Past President
  • Junior League of Manatee County, Sustaining Member
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