Kelly S. Maharaj is a real estate attorney in Holland & Knight's New York office. Ms. Maharaj focuses her practice on a wide variety of real estate matters, including the conversion of residential and commercial buildings to condominium and cooperative ownership; the leasing, acquisition and disposition of residential and commercial properties; and the creation of timeshares.

Ms. Maharaj also represents various financial institutions lending to developers of commercial and residential projects. She also has experience representing condominium and cooperative boards in matters concerning commercial and residential management, as well as corporate governance work for day-to-day operations.

Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Maharaj served as chief of review in the Real Estate Finance Bureau at the New York State Office of the Attorney General and was charged with the oversight of the attorneys, paralegals and engineers in the review section and their review of offering plans, amendments and no-action letters.

While attending law school, Ms. Maharaj was an associate editor of the WMU Cooley Journal of Practical & Clinical Law and a teaching assistant of the Sixty Plus Inc. Elderlaw Clinic.

Representative Experience

  • Represented sponsors of new construction and rehabilitated condominiums in residential and commercial condominium unit contract negotiations and closings for the Oosten Condominium, The Bryant, 100 East 53rd Street Condominium, 11 Beach Street, 45 East 22nd Street and other condominium projects located in Manhattan and Brooklyn
  • Represented a sponsor in the conversion of a hotel to a timeshare in Manhattan
  • Represented a sponsor in forming a leasehold condominium in the Bronx and the sale of the units to a nonprofit corporation
  • Represented a sponsor in filing a CPS-12 application for a condominium located in Florida
  • Representing a sponsor in the conversion of a residential rental building to condominium ownership

  • Reviewed leases and prepared abstracts for an international company acquiring commercial and residential properties in Florida, New Jersey and Colorado
  • Served as tenant's counsel for leasing of industrial and retail space for a national convenience store delivery business
  • Served as landlord's counsel for leasing of an industrial space in Long Island
  • Representing a nonprofit with drafting a form master lease agreement with a New York City governmental agency

  • Represented lenders of affordable housing condominiums and cooperative projects that are subject to regulatory agreements
  • Represented lenders in analyzing and making construction loans to condominium and cooperative developments in New York
  • Represented a national bank in amending an existing loan in a commercial cooperative apartment

  • Represent condominium and cooperative corporations at annual meetings of unit owners and shareholders
  • Resolve issues involving proprietary leases, bylaws or house rules and regulations
  • Document and resolve rule violations by unit owners and shareholders
  • Negotiate management agreements, alteration and construction agreements, access agreements and other building vendor agreements
  • Establish and enforce building rules and requirements
  • Review and draft trust ownership agreements, guaranty agreements, use and occupancy agreements, and other agreements in connection with the sale of an apartment
  • Act as the transfer agent in cooperative sales

  • Represented high-net-worth individuals in the sales and acquisitions of residential apartments in New York
  • Assisted with acquisition of multiple properties for the expansion of existing train lines and connection of additional stations to existing commuter lines in New York
  • Served as counsel for a commercial unit owner in the negotiation of a reciprocal easement with an adjacent unit owner
  • Represented a clean energy company with the acquisition of land in upstate New York


  • Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, J.D.
  • Utica College, B.A., History
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New York
  • Women in Housing and Finance, New York

Speaking Engagements