Megan J. Ellis

Special Counsel


Megan J. Ellis is a special counsel and real estate business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Megan has over fifteen years experience representing developers, national and international businesses, investors, property owners and financial institutions, in the areas of commercial and residential real estate development, golf course, recreational amenity and resort development, shopping center and retail development, leasing, and commercial lending. Megan is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice and the Hospitality, Resort & Golf Industry Team.

Megan has substantial experience in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including the acquisition and disposition of office, retail, hotel, golf and multi-family properties, commercial leasing, and commercial and residential development projects. She regularly assists clients in negotiating and drafting purchase and sale agreements, leases, and operating contracts. In addition, she has extensive experience in all aspects of the due diligence process. Megan also regularly represents lenders and borrowers in connection with commercial lending transactions, including construction financing, term-lending and asset-based lending. 

In addition to working at Foley, Megan’s career includes an in-house senior real estate counsel position for Publix Super Markets, Inc., a private company.


Megan graduated with high honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2003, where she served as the senior research editor of the Florida Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. She earned her bachelor of science degree, with honors, from the University of Florida in 1999.

Community Engagement

Megan is actively involved with Bay Area Legal Services and has received several recognitions, including an award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service in the Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program’s Family Forms Clinic and a Gold Award from the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee.

Megan is also a graduate of the 2013 Tampa Connection class.

Professional Memberships

Megan is a member of The Florida Bar, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Real Estate Investment Council and the Hillsborough County Bar Association, where she previously served as the chair of the Young Lawyers Division’s Pro Bono Committee.



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