Sean M. Ellis

Shareholder
Fort Myers
2320 First Street
Suite 1000
Fort Myers, FL 33901
P 239.338.4245
F 239.337.0970
P 239.338.4245 | F 239.337.0970

Overview

Mr. Ellis focuses his practice on condominium and community association law, assisting both residential and commercial associations in all aspects of the operations, including interpretation of governing documents and drafting amendments to documents, covenant enforcement, collections, and compliance with Florida statutes and regulations. He also concentrates his practice on real estate law, including sales, purchase and leasing transactions, real estate development, association documents and plat review, and closing and title services. In this regard his clients have included local and national residential and commercial real estate developers, homebuilders, retail/commercial landlords and tenants, financial institutions, and government entities. Mr. Ellis has represented multiple developers in the creation and development of condominium projects, including residential, commercial, and complex mixed-used and hotel condominiums.

Experience
  • Represents community and condominium associations in all facets of their operations and compliance with Florida law
  • Represents clients in all phases of development for commercial, residential and mixed-use projects including land acquisition and development
  • Handles Commercial and Residential Closings and Title Insurance
  • Represents financial institutions and bulk purchasers of distressed condominiums and communities in navigating rights and responsibilities acquired
  • Formed and handled State filings for numerous community and condominium associations on behalf of clients developing residential, commercial and high rise projects
  • Handles condominium terminations and partial terminations
  • Counseled developers of marinas, yacht clubs and marina/condominium projects, including issues related to submerged land leases
  • Represented landlords and tenants in the negotiation and drafting of leases, including retail, office, commercial, industrial and warehouse
Services

Industries

Education

  1. Florida State University College of Law, J.D.
  2. Florida State University, B.A.
    • cum laude

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Florida

Recognitions

  • Selected "Florida Rising Star" by Law & Politics magazine (2010)
  • U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Lee County Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar, Condominium and Planned Development Committee
  • Real Estate Investment Society of Lee County, Board of Governors (2014 President)
  • Lee County Horizon Council (2015)
  • Southwest Florida Real Estate Council, President

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Summary of 2018 Community Association Legislation (May 31, 2018)
    Hurricane Preparedness: Last Minute Tips (Sep 5, 2017)
    2017 Community Association Legislation (Jun 29, 2017)
    The Florida Medical Marijuana Law and Your Community Association - What You Need to Prepare For (Nov 17, 2016)
    Last Call for Opt-Out: Summary of Condominium Sprinkler Retrofit Requirements and Opt-Out Provisions (Nov 15, 2016)
  2. Articles
    Creating the Fee Simple Condominium - Florida Condominium and Community Association Law, 3rd Edition (2016)
    Creating the Fee Simple Condominium - Florida Condominium and Community Association Law, 2nd Edition (2011)
  3. Presentations
    "Directors' Certification Class/Condominiums and HOAs" - Roetzel's Community Association Law Seminar Series (2016-2019)
    "Condominium Association and HOA Board Certification Courses" - Roetzel Client Seminar (Annual Since 2011)
    "Fair Housing Act: Issues Affecting Associations" - Roetzel's Community Association Law Seminar Series (2016-2018)
    "Real Estate Topics" - Moderator, Real Estate Investment Society Annual Real Estate Symposium (Annual 2013-2017)
    "Condominium Terminations" - UNET Seminar (2014)
  4. Firm News
    Roetzel & Andress Named 2018 Top Contributor Firm by The Fund (Mar 18, 2019)
    Roetzel Attorney Sean M. Ellis Assumes Role as President of the Southwest Florida Real Estate Council (Aug 16, 2018)
    Roetzel & Andress Named 2017 Top Contributor Firm by The Fund (Mar 28, 2018)
    Sean Ellis Named President-Elect of Southwest Florida Attorney Real Estate Council (Aug 9, 2017)
    Roetzel Named Top Contributor in 20th Circuit for 2015 by Attorneys' Title Fund Services, LLC (Jun 6, 2016)

Overview

Mr. Ellis focuses his practice on condominium and community association law, assisting both residential and commercial associations in all aspects of the operations, including interpretation of governing documents and drafting amendments to documents, covenant enforcement, collections, and compliance with Florida statutes and regulations. He also concentrates his practice on real estate law, including sales, purchase and leasing transactions, real estate development, association documents and plat review, and closing and title services. In this regard his clients have included local and national residential and commercial real estate developers, homebuilders, retail/commercial landlords and tenants, financial institutions, and government entities. Mr. Ellis has represented multiple developers in the creation and development of condominium projects, including residential, commercial, and complex mixed-used and hotel condominiums.

Experience
  • Represents community and condominium associations in all facets of their operations and compliance with Florida law
  • Represents clients in all phases of development for commercial, residential and mixed-use projects including land acquisition and development
  • Handles Commercial and Residential Closings and Title Insurance
  • Represents financial institutions and bulk purchasers of distressed condominiums and communities in navigating rights and responsibilities acquired
  • Formed and handled State filings for numerous community and condominium associations on behalf of clients developing residential, commercial and high rise projects
  • Handles condominium terminations and partial terminations
  • Counseled developers of marinas, yacht clubs and marina/condominium projects, including issues related to submerged land leases
  • Represented landlords and tenants in the negotiation and drafting of leases, including retail, office, commercial, industrial and warehouse

Education

  1. Florida State University College of Law, J.D.
  2. Florida State University, B.A.
    • cum laude

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Florida

Recognitions

  • Selected "Florida Rising Star" by Law & Politics magazine (2010)
  • U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Lee County Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar, Condominium and Planned Development Committee
  • Real Estate Investment Society of Lee County, Board of Governors (2014 President)
  • Lee County Horizon Council (2015)
  • Southwest Florida Real Estate Council, President

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Summary of 2018 Community Association Legislation (May 31, 2018)
    Hurricane Preparedness: Last Minute Tips (Sep 5, 2017)
    2017 Community Association Legislation (Jun 29, 2017)
    The Florida Medical Marijuana Law and Your Community Association - What You Need to Prepare For (Nov 17, 2016)
    Last Call for Opt-Out: Summary of Condominium Sprinkler Retrofit Requirements and Opt-Out Provisions (Nov 15, 2016)
  2. Articles
    Creating the Fee Simple Condominium - Florida Condominium and Community Association Law, 3rd Edition (2016)
    Creating the Fee Simple Condominium - Florida Condominium and Community Association Law, 2nd Edition (2011)
  3. Presentations
    "Directors' Certification Class/Condominiums and HOAs" - Roetzel's Community Association Law Seminar Series (2016-2019)
    "Condominium Association and HOA Board Certification Courses" - Roetzel Client Seminar (Annual Since 2011)
    "Fair Housing Act: Issues Affecting Associations" - Roetzel's Community Association Law Seminar Series (2016-2018)
    "Real Estate Topics" - Moderator, Real Estate Investment Society Annual Real Estate Symposium (Annual 2013-2017)
    "Condominium Terminations" - UNET Seminar (2014)
  4. Firm News
    Roetzel & Andress Named 2018 Top Contributor Firm by The Fund (Mar 18, 2019)
    Roetzel Attorney Sean M. Ellis Assumes Role as President of the Southwest Florida Real Estate Council (Aug 16, 2018)
    Roetzel & Andress Named 2017 Top Contributor Firm by The Fund (Mar 28, 2018)
    Sean Ellis Named President-Elect of Southwest Florida Attorney Real Estate Council (Aug 9, 2017)
    Roetzel Named Top Contributor in 20th Circuit for 2015 by Attorneys' Title Fund Services, LLC (Jun 6, 2016)