Overview

Kaitlyn Downs is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Orlando office, where she represents clients in corporate and real estate transactions. Ms. Downs has experience in the real estate, finance, healthcare, technology and hospitality sectors.

Ms. Down's real estate practice includes the representation of developers in connection with real estate acquisitions, dispositions, title, survey and due diligence analysis, development, entitlements and borrower-side financing. Her developer representation includes master developers, single family and multifamily builders and retail operators. Ms. Downs also represents financial institutions in relation to multistate, secured credit facilities; landlords and tenants in connection with complex commercial lease transactions; and condominium developers in connection with condominium structuring, registration and association operational matters.

Ms. Downs assists businesses and individuals in a variety of corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions, entity formation, general commercial contracts, corporate financing and corporate governance. She also represents nonprofit entities with respect to tax issues, including obtaining tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Ms. Downs has experience in representing clients using New Markets Tax Credits (NMTCs) to finance economic development.

She currently serves as the chairperson of Holland & Knight's Orlando office Diversity Committee, and represents the firm as a member of Orlando's Young Professional Advisory Council. Ms. Downs is also an associate member of Urban Land Institute Central Florida.

Credentials

Education
  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, B.S., Rural Studies: Business and Economic Development, summa cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
Memberships
  • Florida State University Law Review
  • Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law, Article and Notes Editor, 2015
  • The Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division
Honors & Awards
  • Katzentine-Simon Scholarship, Florida State University College of Law, 2016 
  • Merit Scholarship, Florida State College of Law, 2014-2016
  • Mason Ladd Merit Scholarship, Florida State University College of Law, 2015
  • Book Award, Constitutional Law II, Florida State University College of Law, 2016
  • Book Award, Sales & Leases, Florida State University College of Law, 2015
  • Book Award, Administrative Law, Florida State University College of Law, 2015
  • Book Award, Civil Procedure, Florida State University College of Law, 2014

Publications

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