Melissa S. "Missy" Turra

Melissa S. "Missy" Turra

Holland & Knight LLP

Recognized since 2008

Jacksonville, Florida

Practice Areas

Leisure and Hospitality Law

Real Estate Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Real Estate Law
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Missy Turra has practiced in the area of commercial real estate law for more than 15 years. Ms. Turra represents clients in all phases of real estate development, including due diligence, land acquisition and disposition, procuring entitlements, financing, construction, project operations, leasing and restructuring. Ms. Turra's broad experience includes resort and other mixed-use, master-planned communities and condominium developments, office and industrial properties, residential subdivisions, apartment complexes and shopping centers throughout the United States and the Caribbean, with a particular emphasis in Florida.

Ms. Turra's experience includes:

  • representation of developers in connection with all aspects of real estate transactions
  • representation of developers of mixed use developments consisting of resort, office, retail, hotel and residential components, including without limitation, handling all development agreements, leasing matters, operational issues and entitlement procurements
  • representation of developers in connection with the acquisition and conversion of more than 2,000 condominium units
  • representation of developers in connection with the development of thousands of condominium units, including registrations under the Florida Condominium Act and Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act
  • representation of lenders in connection with loan restructures, deed-in-lieu transactions and successor developer analysis
  • representation of landlords and tenants in connection with complex commercial lease transactions, including headquarter expansion and relocations
  • representation of landowners in connection with procuring entitlements, land use, land planning and development of regional impact matters
  • representation of developer controlled associations, including daily operational matters, regime restructuring, turnovers and collections

    Ms. Turra previously served as the executive partner for Holland & Knight's Jacksonville office, the practice group leader for the firm's Jacksonville Real Estate Group and as the Women's Initiative coordinator for the Jacksonville office. She is currently the co-chair of Holland & Knight's Condominium Development Team and a member of the firm's Profit Sharing Advisory Committee; Global Hospitality, Resort and Timeshare Team; and Residential and Planned Development Team. Ms. Turra frequently speaks at real property conferences and symposiums.

    Ms. Turra competed on the varsity tennis team at the University of Maryland and plays in national tennis competitions.


  • 50 North Laura Street, Suite 3900
    Jacksonville, FL 32202


  • English


  • University of Maryland, J.D. , graduated 1994
  • University of Maryland, BA, graduated 1991

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, The Florida Bar


  • Greenwood School - Board of Trustees

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Real Estate Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Real Estate Law, Jacksonville (2017)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Real Estate Law
  • Leisure and Hospitality Law

Special Focus

  • Condominiums
  • Planned Real Estate


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1991
  • Order of the Coif, 1994
  • Up and Comer, Jacksonville Business Journal, 2005
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, 2006
  • EVE Award Finalist, Florida Times Union, 2007
  • Best Lawyers, Jacksonville Magazine, 2008
  • Top Women in Florida Commercial Real Estate, Florida Real Estate Journal, 2008
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2009-2017

Condominium Law

Ms. Turra focuses her practice on condominium and resort development in Florida.

Resort Development

Ms. Turra focuses her practice on condominium and resort development in Florida

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