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Martha A. Hartley

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Marty Hartley focuses her practice on representing international and domestic developers and commercial property owners in the acquisition, development, finance, and disposition of commercial real estate, including resorts, hotels, mixed use, condominiums and affordable housing projects.

Featured Experience

Lender representation for multi-million agricultural loans.

Representation of equity investors, lenders, and landowners in large solar energy facilities, including addressing real estate issues and state and local tax incentives.

Creation and representation of tax-exempt bank consortium lending on affordable housing projects.

Professional Biography

Overview

In connection with her representation of developers, Ms. Hartley has assembled and led teams to achieve land use and zoning modifications for projects in both Central and South Florida, including obtaining comprehensive plan amendments, DRI modifications, and zoning and variance applications. She has also provided Florida real estate acquisition and operations guidance for a number of national REITs.

Ms. Hartley also has more than 25 years of experience in corporate practice and taxation, including mergers and acquisitions, entity formation and business succession planning. She also has substantial experience in association law, public finance and franchising. Ms. Hartley practiced as a certified public accountant in Fort Lauderdale prior to embarking on her legal career and incorporates this knowledge into her practice.*

Representative Matters
  • Lender representation for multi-million agricultural loans.

  • Representation of equity investors, lenders, and landowners in large solar energy facilities, including addressing real estate issues and state and local tax incentives.

  • Creation and representation of tax-exempt bank consortium lending on affordable housing projects.

  • New Markets Tax Credit financing of aircraft service hanger and boutique hotel.

  • Obtained zoning and permits for telecommunication facilities.

  • Provided due diligence and structure for acquisitions by national apartment REIT.
  • Acquisition and leaseback of Florida industrial facility for national REIT.
  • Structure of "portfolio debt" investments for international client.
  • Creation of new condominiums and condo/hotels and conversion of apartments into condominiums.
  • Formation of Irish equity fund investing in U.S. real estate.

  • Acquisition, financing and land use planning for 365-acre mixed use parcel in Florida.

  • Represented Florida resort condominium in abatement of more than $10 million in ad valorem taxes in a case of first impression in Florida.

  • Terminations and partial termination of multiple condominium regimes for Florida "fractured" condominiums.

  • Managed the due diligence for a $200 million hotel portfolio acquisition.

  • Obtained comprehensive plan amendment and PD modification for a 970-acre master planned resort.

  • Representation of numerous buyers and sellers in acquisition or sale of commercial property, both developed and undeveloped.
  • Represented a bulk purchaser of condominiums, including advice on acquisition and loan documents and obtaining control of the association board.

  • Advised multiple restaurant franchisors and operators on complex restaurant leases and financing of restaurants.

  • Acted as borrower's counsel for a holding company in connection with SBA loans.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Real Estate Law and Tax Law (since 2008); Economic Development (since 2018)
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2016 Orlando Tax Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers as a leading Real Estate lawyer in Florida (2014 – 2019)
  • Named by Orlando Magazine as one of Orlando's Top Economic Development Lawyers (2018)
  • Listed in Orlando Magazine's "Best Lawyers in Orlando" (2013)
  • Member – The Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Former Chairman – Orange County Bar Association Tax Committee
  • Executive Committee Member – United Arts of Central Florida
  • Former Member – The Florida Bar Foundation
  • Member – Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
  • Recipient – "2018 Top Central Florida Agent," First American Title Insurance Company Award
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • "COST's Southeast Regional State Tax Seminar" (June 2018)
  • "General Insights into Handling a State Tax Audit and Specific Guidance on Florida's Transactional Taxes," Council On State Taxation, Southeast Regional State Tax Seminar (March 2016)
  • "If you (Re)build it, They Will Come: The Craft of Value-Add Redevelopment," Central Florida MultiFamily Forum, Tampa, Florida (December, 2014)
  • "LEADING THE RECOVERY: Multi-Family in the Limelight," CREW Orlando Luncheon Program (September, 2012)

*Baker Donelson is not a CPA Firm.

Martha Hartley offers experience in real estate matters ranging from zoning modifications to acquisitions by REITs. Her land use practice covers plan amendment applications.

My experience working with Marty Hartley has been excellent. Her strengths are that she has plenty of depth in dealing with a variety of matters; she is user-friendly and always available.

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