Carlos Kelly
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.

1715 Monroe Street
Fort Myers, Florida 33901, United States
Areas of Practice
  • Business Torts
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate

Practice/Organization Description

I help people and businesses resolve commercial disputes, including shareholder and partnership claims, breach-of-contract claims, and fraud claims. Much of my practice involves real estate claims, including eminent domain (also known as condemnation). Over the years, work on my clients' cases has involved trials, numerous depositions, significant motion practice, and appellate work. I am admitted to practice before all Florida state courts and the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.

I speak and write regularly about a variety of legal issues. As a speaker, I have taught other attorneys at continuing education seminars (about eminent domain and other topics) and college students as a guest lecturer at Florida Gulf Coast University. As a writer, my biggest audience is made up of members of The Florida Bar. Over the years, I have written three articles for publication in The Florida Bar Journal:

? "Eminent Domain: Identifying Issues in Damages for the General Practitioner" (May 2009, Vol. 83, No. 5). The Florida Supreme Court cited this article in a 2009 opinion about business damages in eminent domain cases.

? "How to Obtain an Order of Taking" (October 2006, Vol. 80, No. 8), an article about how property interests are acquired in eminent domain cases.

? "The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword or Why the Media Should Exercise Self-Restraint in Time of War" (January 2003, Vol. LXXVII, No. 1). The Thomson Gale publishing company printed an excerpt of this article in "Opposing Viewpoints: Censorship," an anthology designed for young adults, in 2005.

An important component to my professional experience is my service to The Florida Bar. Currently, I serve as a member of the Eminent Domain Committee.

Bar Admissions

The Florida Bar, 1997

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1997


Florida State University, Bachelor of Arts (1993)

Emory University School of Law, Doctor of Law (1997)

Professional Associations & Memberships

Emory Law Alumni Board (2009 - present)

The Florida Bar, 20th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee "D" (2007 - present)

The Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors (2000 - 2006)

Lee County Bar Association (1997 - present)

Association of Eminent Domain Professionals (2006 - present)

Honors and Awards

Earned "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell (2008)

Gulfshore Business, "40 Under 40" for Southwest Florida (2005)

Lee County Bar Association Pro Bono Special Recognition Award (1998, 2003)

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