Michelle is chair of the Residential, Resort & Club Section, co-chair of the Hospitality Industry Group and a shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Boca Raton office. Recognized for her extensive experience in real estate development and club and community association law, she advises her developer, hotel operator, club and community association clients with projects in the U.S. as well as the Caribbean, The Bahamas, Latin America and Asia. Her primary focus is negotiating, structuring and amending the licensing, marketing and management agreements, consumer agreements and governance documents necessary for residential and resort communities, mixed-use projects, residence club and timeshare developments, and golf, marina, spa, fitness, tennis, and dining clubs. These documents include management, marketing and licensing agreements, master and condominium declarations, rental program documents, club membership plans, reciprocal easement agreements and the numerous ancillary contracts.
Michelle uses her global hospitality industry experience to guide her clients through complex substantive issues in the current legal and economic environment, as well as operational, business and financial issues to be addressed through the life of the project. When working on development projects overseas, she achieves integration of western business and legal objectives within foreign jurisdictional frameworks.
As a Florida Supreme Court qualified arbitrator, a certified circuit civil mediator and one of four professionals selected by the American Arbitration Association for the National Golf Industry Panel, Michelle serves as arbitrator or mediator to resolve a wide range of disputes. When assisting clients, she utilizes her dispute resolution experience to provide counsel with a view toward dispute avoidance. Michelle has written and lectured extensively on the issues concerning residential, resort and golf projects and authored the book The Club Litigation Book – Keeping Clubs out of Court.
Michelle is committed to community service and was recognized by The Florida Bar for establishing “Assisting Students with Disabilities,” a pro bono program serving disabled students throughout the state of Florida. She served on the board of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and, as chair of the International Trade Committee, is credited with creating iConnect, a forum designed to expand international business opportunities in south Florida. Michelle sat on the board of the Golf Course Builders Association of America and served as a founding member of the National Golf Industry Advisory Committee of the American Arbitration Association.