LOUIS R. MONTELLO
Mr. Montello has almost 30 years’ experience as a transactional attorney and is the founder and principal of Montello Law. His law practice covers a broad spectrum of areas including commercial and residential real estate closings, real estate development and construction, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities law (including private placements), finance, maritime law (including yacht construction matters) and aviation law.
Mr. Montello also had broad business experience as a principal in a variety of businesses. Mr. Montello’s experience includes being an owner and officer of a fixed based operator located at Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Mr. Montello also formed Regalia Beach Developers in March 2011 and served as its President. Mr. Montello assembled an impressive team of experienced development and construction personnel to develop Regalia, a luxury residential high rise condominium located in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.
Mr. Montello is originally from Stamford, Connecticut. Upon graduation from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1980, he moved to Miami where he served as Operations Officer and Navigator aboard a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter homeported in Miami Beach, Florida. He graduated from the University of Miami Law School cum laude in 1986, and immediately took a position with the renowned Greenberg Traurig, where he worked until he formed his own law firm in 1992.
Alicia Morales-Fernandez is a transactional attorney, with over 25 years’ experience, primarily in corporate real estate. Alicia has a wide breath of experience in the acquisition, development, leasing, financing, and disposition of real estate. She has represented both residential and commercial developers in the development, construction and redevelopment of shopping centers and other retail parcels, residential and mixed-use condominiums and multi-family housing. She has done extensive leasing of retail (representing Fortune 100 and 500 companies), office, industrial and warehouse properties, both on behalf of landlords and tenants. Additionally, she has been involved in the acquisition, disposition and financing of office buildings, ALF’s, golf courses, hotels and marinas. Alicia has extensive experience in general corporate law as well.
Alicia received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and commenced her initial legal training at the preeminent law firm of Greenberg, Traurig. She is originally from New York, and a graduate of Columbia University, with a degree in Economics. Currently a partner at the law firm of Montello Law in Aventura, Florida, Ms. Morales-Fernandez practices primarily real estate law. Since joining Montello Law in 2014, Ms. Morales-Fernandez has also worked with Mr. Montello in the firm’s yacht practice.
Alicia is licensed to practice in Florida and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She is a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and Business Law Sections of the Florida Bar.
Alicia is fluent in Spanish. Conversational Portuguese.
Ernesto Alvarez is an associate who joined Montello Law in 2015. His focus of practice is on general transactional representation, including corporate, securities, maritime, aviation, and real estate matters.
Ernesto earned his J.D. from the University of Miami with a certification in Business and Financial Law and his B.A., cum laude, from Amherst College, where he majored in Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought.
Ernesto is licensed to practice in Florida and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He is a member of the Business Law, International Law, and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections of the Florida Bar.
Ernesto is fluent in Spanish.
Sean Eric Mitchell
Sean Eric Mitchell, Esquire, is a seasoned transactional attorney with over 22 years of experience in complex commercial real estate transactions in connection with the acquisition, development, re-development, financing, leasing (including commercial office, retail and ground leases), fractionalizing, and disposition of real property. During his career, Mr. Mitchell has represented Fortune 500 companies, REITS, privately held companies, real estate development companies, life insurance companies, high net worth individuals, commercial lenders, equity funds, hedge funds, hospitals, and charitable institutions.
Mr. Mitchell has also represented numerous private business owners and entrepreneurs in connection with corporate structuring, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions. Mr. Mitchell has also developed a niche within his legal practice representing purchasers and sellers of private jet aircraft and yachts.
Mr. Mitchell’s professional background, as a former partner in Reed Smith LLP’s Philadelphia and international real estate group, along with his six (6) plus years of in-house legal experience while working for two (2) of Philadelphia’s premier real estate developers, has provided him with world class legal training coupled with a common sense business perspective that he leverages on a daily basis to effectively and efficiently represent his clients.
Mr. Mitchell is a member of the Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars.