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Drew Thomas Melville

Real estate Attorney at Fort Lauderdale, FL

5.0   2 reviews
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  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 4 years
    Florida - FL 17 years
  • Licensed for 4 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2020
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2007
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Drew

Learn Drew’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    Commercial Real Estate Transactions, Residential Real Estate Transactions, Closings, Title Insurance, Escrow Services, Commercial Leasing.

    17 years

  2. Environmental and natural resources
    Representation before federal, state and local environmental agencies.

  3. Land use and zoning
    Developer Representation, Site Plan Applications, Rezoning Applications, Land Use Plan Amendment Applications, Conditional Use Applications, Zoning Verification, Site Due Diligence.


Drew Melville is a Florida and Massachusetts-licensed attorney with thirteen years' experience in real estate transactions, title insurance and land use. His practice includes all aspects of commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions, financing, joint venture formation, leasing and land use approvals. Mr. Melville is a title agent for Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, First American Title Insurance Company, and Stewart Title Guaranty Company.

Mr. Melville's practice is national in scope, and he brings a creative and solution-oriented approach to his clients' diverse array of real estate investment and development activities in all real estate asset classes. These often include adaptive reuse, historic preservation, sustainable building, brownfields or grayfields redevelopment and opportunity zones. Prior to starting his own firm, he was an in house counsel for the real estate development subsidiary of a large, diversified land company. To date, Mr. Melville has closed over $845 million in commercial real estate transactions.


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Clark Hill PLC
101 NE 3rd Avenue
Suite 1500
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301


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Posted by Andres | June 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
I was a first time real estate buyer here in Florida. The commercial transaction was related to both an E2 visa on my side and a 1031 tax exchange on the side of the sellers. This required quite a bit of flexibility and creativity to accommodate the interests of everyone involved in the matter. Fortunately Drew proved to be knowledgeable on finding a solution for the timing of the contract that allowed for all to go through smoothly. The fact that Drew was promptly available to work out any issues is a BIG plus that should be taken into account when looking for an attorney. In the end, everything went well and everyone was happy. I’d definitely recommend Drew to anyone in similar complex situations. Andrés
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Posted by Jordan | June 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing results with Melville Law!
I could not be happier with the outcome of my first home purchase after hiring Melville Law, PA to handle the whole transaction. Mr. Melville's knowledge and expertise to navigate through what can be a grueling and stressful process was a buyer's dream come true for me. I was hoping to win a bid and buy my first home on an auction website. Mr. Melville advised me on how bid most effectively which allowed me to win the bid that yielded a large amount of home equity with my first home purchase. Not only did he help me attain the winning bid, he was able to persevere a very one-sided, “As-Is” contract that was heavily in favor of the seller, a government-sponsored entity who owns many of the loans in the American market and can be riddled with bureaucracy. He demanded from the seller to repair a leaky roof soffit and dying sod that were the genesis of two city code enforcement violations, that he later assisted me in getting those city code liens reduced to a fraction of the original amount owed. He accomplished this by displaying a thorough presentation in front of the city committee with the before and after improvements to the property that seller and I made as well stated my case in which he got the city violation amount heavily reduced. He also got the seller to agree to make the repairs under an “As-Is” contract where they could have said no and been completely within their rights. Mr. Melville had contacts within the seller’s organization who also helped shepherd the repairs through. As the contract was nearing its expiration date, I faced several problems: 1. The roof repair had not been made; 2. I was facing eviction from my current landlord’s foreclosure; 3. It was nearing the holidays and with extended family in town, my family would have nowhere to stay if evicted before closing. Mr. Melville went well above and beyond the call of duty, and I was completely blown away by the results his firm produced as well as succeeded in getting me closed on time. I would utilize Mr. Melville services over and over again for any real estate transaction in the future and will be recommending him to all my family and friends who need help with any type of real estate down the road. Thanks again Melville Law for your outstanding services and amazing results!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 450-500 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Senior Counsel
  • Clark Hill
  • 2024 - Present
  • Owner
  • Melville Law, P.A.
  • 2015 - 2024
  • Associate Corporate Counsel
  • The Viera Company/A. Duda & Sons
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Phelan Hallinan, PLC
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Senior Attorney
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Randall K Roger and Associates
  • 2007 - 2009
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  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Florida College of Design Construction and Planning
  • Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning
  • 2006
  • University of Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts - Anthropology and Political Science
  • 2002


  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
  • 2020 - Present
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Member - Urban and Mixed Use Development Product Council
  • 2015 - Present
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • 2015 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Environmental and Land Use Law Section
  • 2007 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • Ralph Bailey Memorial Scholarship
  • University of Florida College of Law
  • 2002


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Fort Lauderdale Real estate Lawyer Drew Thomas Melville
Drew Thomas Melville
Real estate Attorney
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Licensed for 17 years
Virtual consultation available