Mr. Ely is the current Chairman of the firm’s Real Estate Department. His practice focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate, including representation of lender clients in acquisition, development and construction loan transactions, work-out, and general banking matters. He also represents landowners and developers on a variety of issues including contract preparation, land acquisition and sales, and due diligence review.

Representative Matters


  • Clemson University, B.S., 1982
  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D., with honors, 1989

Bar Association Memberships

  • The Florida Bar

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Courts, Northern District, Middle District and Southern District of Florida

Awards and Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (Real Estate Law), 2018-2020
  • Order of the Coif

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Member, Finance Committee and Real Estate Committee, Episcopal Diocese of Florida
  • Member, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Former Board Member, Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida