Elena Otero is a transactional attorney in Holland & Knight's Miami office primarily practicing in the areas of real estate, finance and banking law, with a focus on commercial real estate and commercial lending transactions.

Ms. Otero counsels local, national and international financial institutions and lenders in commercial lending transactions, including construction and permanent real estate financing, healthcare real estate finance, commercial and industrial loans, and asset-based lending. She also represents clients in the acquisition, development, leasing (including sale-leaseback, triple-net and build-to-suit lease transactions), disposition and financing of commercial and residential real estate.

Ms. Otero's experience advising developers includes representation in various types of projects such as land development, condominiums, mixed-use developments, joint venture investments, hotels, restaurants, retail and office buildings. Additionally, that representation usually involves navigating contractual, zoning and other developmental issues that arise as project development evolves. She also assists clients with management of real estate assets and a multitude of contractual agreements, including subleases, licenses and assignment agreements.

Additionally, Ms. Otero works closely with the firm's estate and tax planning team to counsel wealthy individuals, their families and their businesses in their real estate investments, acquisitions and dispositions. Ms. Otero also represents institutional and private lending clients with licensing, regulatory and compliance matters.

Lastly, Ms. Otero serves as the editor of Holland & Knight's South Florida Gateway Annual Report and one of two mentor coordinators for the Miami office. She is also active in her community, currently serving, among other positions, on the board of directors for the Children's Home Society of Florida's Southeastern Division (Miami-Dade County), the Women United Executive Committee for United Way Miami, and the Women's Leadership Council for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami.

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  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Miami, B.A., Political Science
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
  • Eleventh Circuit Grievance Committee I, The Florida Bar
  • United Way of Miami-Dade Young Leaders
  • United Way of Miami, Women United Executive Committee
  • Leadership Florida Connect Class VIII
  • Leadership Florida Regional Council, 2018-2020
  • Leadership Miami, 2016-2017
  • CREW Miami Chapter
  • CREW Fall Connections, Co-Chair, 2017
  • CREW, Legal Counsel, Board of Directors, 2018
  • Cuban American Bar Association (CABA)
  • The Florida Bar – Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • South Florida Banking Institute
  • Children's Home Society of Florida's Southeastern Division (Miami-Dade County), Board of Directors and Vice Chair, 2019-2020; Co-Chair 2020
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami Women's Leadership Council
  • Urban Land Institute
Honors & Awards
  • Daily Business Review, Florida Legal Awards, On the Rise, 2021
  • Consumer Discretionary Deal of the Year, 18th Annual M&A Advisor Awards
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020
  • Top Up and Comer, South Florida Legal Guide, 2019, 2021
  • Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2016-2018
Spoken Languages
  • English
  • Spanish


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