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LEADERSHIP


Jessica Parker Malchow

Jessica Parker Malchow

President

Baker Hostetler, LLP

Jessica Parker Malchow is a Florida Bar Certified Real Estate Attorney and a partner in the firm of Baker Hostetler LLP.

Nishad Khan

Nishad Khan

Chair of Realtor Relations

Nishad Khan, PL

Nishad Khan is a Central Florida based real estate attorney, who established his own firm in 2007, Nishad Khan, PL.

Erin N. Prete

Erin N. Prete

President-Elect

Gasdick Stanton Early, P.A.

Erin has practiced in the areas of foreclosure, real estate and litigation since her admission to the Florida Bar in 2008.

Meena Hirani

Meena Hirani, LLB, MCL, MBA, JD

Secretary

Meenakshi A. Hirani, P.A.

Meenakshi (Meena) A. Hirani, Esq. practices in the areas of Commercial Law; Civil Litigation; Real Estate, Real Estate Closings/Title Agent; and Probate, Guardianship, and Estate Planning.

Cheryl Smith

Cheryl Smith

Treasurer

The Fund

Kristy Harrington

Kristy Harrington

Board of Directors - Chair of the Real Estate Legal Summit

Law Office of Kristy L. Harrington, PA

Kristy is President of the Law Office of Kristy L. Harrington, P.A. She is the Board Attorney for the Daytona Beach Area Association of Realtors® and the Lake City Board of Realtors®.

Sultana L. Haque, JD/MBA

Sultana L. Haque, JD/MBA

Board of Directors- Director of Membership

Sultana Law, P.A.

With her name literally translated into “Queen of Justice” (“Sultana” means “queen” and “Haque” means “justice”), it may have been fate that Sultana Haque wound up as an attorney.

Chelsea Metka

Chelsea Metka

Board of Directors - Director of Programs

The Metka Law Firm, PA

Principal and founder of The Metka Law Firm, Chelsea has extensive experience representing clients in complex Real Estate, Construction and Business Law issues.

Frederick W. Jones

Frederick W. Jones

Board of Directors, Past President

Frederick W. Jones is a Florida Bar Board Certified Real Estate lawyer.

Roland Acosta

Roland Acosta

Board of Directors

Roland H. Acosta & Associates, PA

With an emphasis on transactional work, Mr. Acosta has focused his energies on “closing the deal”.

Sarah Gulati

Sarah Gulati

Board of Directors

Gulati Law, P.L.

Sarah Gulati is a member of the Florida Bar and the Federal Middle District of Florida. Sarah owns a Real Estate & Business Law Firm with locations in Orlando and Jacksonville.

Alexandre M. Mestdagh

Alexandre M. Mestdagh

Board of Directors

Mestdagh & Wall, P.A.

Alexandre M. Mestdagh, Esq. is managing partner of Mestdagh & Wall, P.A., a boutique law firm representing clients in all facets of real estate and business law.

Rania A. Soliman

Rania A. Soliman

Board of Directors

Soliman Law

Rania Soliman is a Board Certified Real Estate Attorney.

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Jessica Parker Malchow

Immediate Past President

Baker Hostetler, LLP
200 South Orange Avenue, Suite 2300
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-649-4683
Fax: 407-841-0168
Website: www.bakerlaw.com
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Jessica Parker Malchow is a Florida Bar Certified Real Estate Attorney and a partner in the firm of Baker Hostetler LLP. She represents clients in a wide range of commercial real estate activities, including acquisitions and sales, leasing, finance, management and operations, development and redevelopment, and land use for property types such as retail, industrial, residential, apartments and mixed-use projects.

Jessica has extensive experience in representing owners and purchasers in acquisitions and financings of hotels and resort properties. She has also routinely represented parties in sophisticated transfer and financing arrangements to minimize Florida transfer and financing taxes.

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Nishad Khan

Vice President - Education

Nishad Khan, PL
615 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32803
Phone: 407-228-9711
Fax: 407-228-9713
Website: www.NishadKhanLaw.com
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Nishad Khan is a Central Florida based real estate attorney, who established his own firm in 2007, Nishad Khan, PL. Nishad and his firm’s main focuses are all forms of real estate and business transactions, as well as the formation of business entities like corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, the structuring of debt and equity investments, and the negotiation and preparation of corporate agreements. Before opening his own practice, Nishad practiced at several commercial law firms advising businesses and individuals of wealth preservation strategies, advanced estate planning techniques, and innovative tax and financial planning.

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Roland Acosta

Board of Directors

Roland H. Acosta & Associates, PA
399 Carolina Avenue, Suite 210
Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: 407-644-2531
Fax: 407-628-9289
Website: www.acostaatlaw.com
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With an emphasis on transactional work, Mr. Acosta has focused his energies on “closing the deal”. Roland is committed to providing representation to real people, the everyman, at rates they can afford.

For nearly 20 years Roland was in-house counsel for various banks in the Southeast. Roland was the former associate general counsel for SunTrust Bank for 14 years. As a result of his years in the banking industry Mr. Acosta has amassed a wealth knowledge and contacts in the financial industry. He has assisted clients in obtaining financing for their projects. Mr. Acosta’s sources include both institutional and private funding.

Additionally, Mr. Acosta provides legal guidance and strategy for individuals and organizations involved in the real estate industry. He has advanced the interests of realtors, mortgage brokers, commercial lenders, developers, builders, investors, landlords and entrepreneurs of all stripes. Mr. Acosta has taught real estate law at a variety of regional colleges. He has been a featured speaker, instructor and panelist at various colleges and at Orange County sponsored events on a number of topics including the foreclosure process, foreclosure defense and short sales.

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Sarah Gulati

Board of Directors

Gulati Law, P.L.
Orlando/Jacksonville
Phone: 407-900-5054
Fax: 407-517-4931
Phone: 904-900-4582
Website: www.GulatiLaw.com

Sarah Gulati is a member of the Florida Bar and the Federal Middle District of Florida. Sarah owns a Real Estate & Business Law Firm with locations in Orlando and Jacksonville. She assists clients with their contract preparation and real estate closings. Growing up with a family of real estate brokers, she has a passion for real estate, as well as being a licensed Real Estate Agent herself.

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Kristy Harrington

Board of Directors

Law Office of Kristy L. Harrington, PA
1353 Palmetto Avenue, Suite 200
Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: 407-704-1917 x 114
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Kristy is President of the Law Office of Kristy L. Harrington, P.A. She is the Board Attorney for the Daytona Beach Area Association of Realtors® and the Lake City Board of Realtors®. Prior to entering private practice, Kristy was Senior Counsel for the FL Association of Realtors®. As a result, she now enjoys assisting real estate licensees, brokerages, and property management companies with their risk management, daily business, and other real estate and license-related needs. She also devotes a portion of her practice to Realtor® and real estate licensee representation in both DBPR/Division of Real Estate/FL Real Estate Commission matters and local Realtor® board matters, including Code of Ethics complaints and procuring cause arbitrations. Kristy’s practice also focuses on real estate transactions and contract matters, real estate litigation (including but not limited to contract and deposit disputes, property management issues, landlord/tenant, quiet title, title defect, and foreclosure work), and general business and commercial matters.

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Sultana L. Haque, JD/MBA

Board of Directors

Sultana Law, P.A.
2699 Lee Road, Suite 120
Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: 407-545-2099
Fax: 407-545-4679

With her name literally translated into “Queen of Justice” (“Sultana” means “queen” and “Haque” means “justice”), it may have been fate that Sultana Haque wound up as an attorney.

She learned what it means to be an entrepreneur at a very early age as her father has owned his own businesses since before she was born. After earning a law degree and MBA degree, the proper foundations were in place and Sultana’s entrepreneurial spirit really kicked in. In 2010 she formed Sultana Law, P.A. - a full service law firm that offers tailored and cost-effective legal solutions to match changing times. In 2014, Sultana formed StoneBridge Title Group, LLC – a title company based in Winter Park specializing in investor transactions. Drawing upon a unique business perspective and legal expertise, Sultana assists individuals, entrepreneurs and companies by providing proactive solutions to help avoid potentially costly litigation down the road.

Sultana is licensed to practice law in Florida and New York. She is admitted to Federal Court for the Middle District and Southern District Court of Florida as well as the United States Supreme Court. Sultana is a licensed title agent and Realtor® and circuit civil certified mediator and serves as a mediator in bankruptcy court mortgage modification mediations.

Sultana is active in Orange County's legal community. She serves on the board of directors of the Central Florida Real Estate Attorney Counsel as well as the non-profit Central Florida Women's Resource Center. Sultana was born and raised in The Hague, The Netherlands and speaks Dutch fluently. She enjoys traveling, Spanish Flamenco, and the company of good friends and her beloved dog Bella.

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Meena Hirani, LLB, MCL, MBA, JD

Board of Directors

Meenakshi A. Hirani, P.A.
2265 Lee Road, Suite 109
Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: 407-599-7199
Fax: 407-622-2120
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Meenakshi (Meena) A. Hirani, Esq. practices in the areas of Commercial Law; Civil Litigation; Real Estate, Real Estate Closings/Title Agent; and Probate, Guardianship, and Estate Planning. She has taught at the Crummer Graduate School of Business as an adjunct professor for ten years and has also taught Legal Clinic at the FAMU College of Law.

Meena received her B.A. in English Literature and LL.B in India. Later, she received a Masters in Comparative Law from the University of San Diego School of Law; an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College; and her JD from the Stetson College of Law.

Meena is a past president of both the Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers and the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, and serves on many boards. She received the 2012 Leaders in Law award from the Florida Association of Women Lawyers’ Central Florida Chapter.

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Frederick W. Jones

Board of Directors, Past President

Frederick W. Jones is a Florida Bar Board Certified Real Estate lawyer. He has been a member of The Florida Bar for over 40 years, and his legal career includes Staff Counsel for the Florida Real Estate Commission, private practice and Judicial Magistrate positions. In private practice for more than 35 years, most recently as Partner in the Winter Park law firm of Graham, Builder, Jones, Pratt & Marks, LLP, (now Burr & Foreman LLP), he has specialized in residential and commercial real estate transactions, mortgage law, agency, title insurance and lender and broker representation, as well as estate planning and probate. He served as a Special Magistrate for the Orange County ad valorem tax Value Adjust Board and most recently was General Magistrate in Orange County, 9th Judicial Circuit Courts handling residential mortgage foreclosure cases.

Education: The University of Florida (B.A. 1970) and U of F College of Law (J.D. 1974).

Mr. Jones holds an “AV” rating by Martindale Hubbell and has been recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer from 2007 – 2012. He is a member of The Florida Bar and United States Supreme Court Bar, and has been an active member of the American Bar Association and Orange County Bar Association. He is on the Executive Council of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar, has served as Chairman of the Section’s Residential Real Estate & Industry Liaison Committee and currently is an At Large Members representing the 9th Judicial Circuit. Mr. Jones was appointed by The Florida Bar as an Attorney member on the Florida Realtor-Attorney Joint Committee and has continuously served on the Joint Committee since 1997, and he is on the FAR/BAR Contract Sub-Committee. He is founding member and past chair of the Central Florida Real Estate Attorneys Council and currently serves as President of the Attorneys’ Real Estate Councils of Florida. He is past Chairman of the Real Property Committee of the Orange County Bar Association. He was honored with the Attorney Appreciation Award by Orlando Regional Realtors Association in 1996. He is a member of Florida Blue Key, Rotary Club of Winter Park, Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and serves on the boards of various community and charitable organizations.

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Alexandre M. Mestdagh

Board of Directors

Alexandre M. Mestdagh, Esq. is managing partner of Mestdagh & Wall, P.A., a boutique law firm representing clients in all facets of real estate and business law. Alex’s focus on real estate law involves representing clients in the sale and purchase of residential and commercial real estate, leasing, and commercial finance. He has significant experience in negotiating and drafting contracts and leases, handling landlord/tenant matters and residential and commercial closings. Fluent in French, Alex also represents international clients, including individuals, companies, developers and lenders. He also uses his experience in business finance to advise clients on business transfers and asset protection matters.

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Erin N. Prete

Board of Directors

Gasdick Stanton Early, P.A.
1601 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: 407-423-5203
Website: www.gse-law.com
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Erin N. Prete received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University in 2005 and her Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2008. Erin has practiced in the areas of foreclosure, real estate and litigation since her admission to the Florida Bar in 2008. Prior to joining Gasdick Stanton Early, P.A. in 2015, Erin was the managing partner of the foreclosure department for a nationwide law firm from 2012-2015.

Erin is a member of the Florida Bar, Orange County Bar Association, CREW, CFREAC, MBA and The Fund.

Gasdick Stanton Early, P.A. is an established real estate and litigation law firm in Orlando with a focus in real estate transactions. The firm provides specialized legal services to the real estate community, including escrow, title services and dispute resolution.

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Rania A. Soliman

Board of Directors

Soliman Law
37 N. Orange Avenue, Suite 500
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-488-1813
Fax: 407-488-1817
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Rania Soliman is a Board Certified Real Estate Attorney. She concentrates her practice on community association law, contract disputes, sales and purchase transactions, leasing, real estate litigation, and disputes relating to title and easements.

Before opening her own practice, Rania was employed by Taylor & Carls, P.A. (which later merged with Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.) where she focused her practice on all aspects of community association law including business and contract litigation, board member recalls, real property litigation, and disputes relating to land acquisition, title, and easements rights. Rania also has extensive experience in real estate related transactions and regulatory matters. While working for the Department of business and Professional Regulation, Division of Real Estate, she prosecuted real estate licensees for violations of license law.

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Chelsea Metka

Director of Programs

The Metka Law Firm, PA
228 Annie Street
Orlando, FL 32806
Phone: 407-826-1952
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Principal and founder of The Metka Law Firm, Chelsea has extensive experience representing clients in complex Real Estate, Construction and Business Law issues. Her invaluable insight into the crucial aspects of business administration has addressed the needs of numerous small and mid-size businesses in Central Florida. From assisting first time home buyers to delivering legal counsels to businesses, Chelsea works with all her clients to ensure that everything is done right the first time.

Having grown up in large family of business and real estate professionals in Clermont, Florida, Chelsea maintains strong personal and professional ties within both the Lake and Orange County communities. She graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and went on to obtain her Law Degree from Florida State University’s College of Law. There Chelsea regularly maintained Dean’s List status and was an active member of the FSU Law Review, serving as an Editor on the Volume 40 Executive Board. She also received a book award in Criminal Police Procedure that recognized her as the highest ranked student in her class. Chelsea received admittance to the Florida Bar upon graduating with honors and spent the following years as an associate attorney for an established law firm before starting The Metka Law Firm.

When she’s not at the office, Chelsea enjoys spending time with her family, running, biking, boating, and enjoying the numerous other benefits of living in Central Florida.

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