Michelle Gomez Hinden, Esq., B.C.S. is a principal attorney at AKTAS|HINDEN who focuses her practice on corporate, transactional and commercial real estate law.
At the beginning of her legal career, Ms. Hinden served as an assistant to a corporate law firm, which represented well-known retailers in the field of Asset Protection. She later moved to Fort Lauderdale where she worked as an assistant to the partner of a boutique commercial real estate firm that represented national and local lenders in the acquisition, disposition, and financing of improved and unimproved commercial properties.
Ms. Hinden then attended law school in Jacksonville, Florida, at the Florida Coastal School of Law. During law school, Ms. Hinden served the Jacksonville community by volunteering her time to the American Association of Retired Persons (“AARP”) where she prepared simple to complex tax returns for the elderly and the impoverished. Her volunteer work earned her a Pro Bono Honor Cord from Florida Coastal School of Law for devoting over 200 hours of volunteer service to the Jacksonville community.
While in law school, Ms. Hinden was the recipient of the Advanced Legal Research, Writing and Drafting Certificate, which focused on legal analysis, research, oral advocacy and the writing skills needed for success in the practice of law. She was the recipient of the Founder’s Award for her significant contributions to the ideals and objectives of Florida Coastal School of Law. Ms. Hinden was also a member of her law school’s Animal Law Society Moot Court Team, which ranked in the 2008 National Animal Advocacy Appellate Moot Court Competition at Harvard Law School. Ms. Hinden earned her Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2008.
After law school, Ms. Hinden moved to Orlando and returned to working in the field of corporate law where she worked with clients on implementing corporate policies and processes to ensure compliance with various statutes, rules, regulations and best practices within the retail industry. Ms. Hinden also performed risk assessments for her firm concerning potential liability issues, employment matters, training, business operations and ethical standards. Utilizing her knowledge and experience in corporate law, Ms. Hinden also participated in and successfully drafted and negotiated vendor contracts with various Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies.
Since becoming an attorney, Ms. Hinden also continued to work in the commercial real estate field by handling simple to complex residential and commercial real estate transactions for a privately-held developer and a privately-held nightclub owner. As counsel, she successfully negotiated and drafted documents in connection with the sale, purchase, financing and modification of various commercial properties. These real estate transactions ranged from minimal value up to in excess of $25 million. Ms. Hinden has also successfully negotiated and drafted documents in connection with commercial business leases. While working in commercial real estate, Ms. Hinden has also participated in joint venture transactions and in the planning and formation of various corporate entities.
In 2012, Ms. Hinden volunteered her time to the Legal Aid Society of Orange County Bar Association: AIDS Special Will Project where she provided simple wills and related documents to persons with HIV and AIDS. As a result of her efforts in volunteering her services, Ms. Hinden was the recipient of the One Promise Pro Bono Lapel Pin from the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc. From 2010 through 2013, Ms. Hinden also served the Orange County community as a Volunteer Advisory Board Member for Hannibal Square Community Land Trust where she reviewed and provided legal advice and recommendations to the Board Members on its proposed ground lease.
In 2014, Ms. Hinden founded MGH Law, P.A. and focused her practice on corporate and commercial real estate law matters. Ms. Hinden also joined Aktas Law, P.A. as of counsel to the firm to focus on its transactional matters. After successfully working with Ms. Aktas in representing a range of companies and individuals, both Ms. Hinden and Ms. Aktas decided to form AKTAS|HINDEN.
In 2015, Michelle was appointed by Orange County, Florida Mayor, Teresa Jacobs, to serve as the District 2 Representative for the Orange County Citizen Corp Council, which was created to assist in the efforts of training and educating Orange County citizens on emergency preparedness, crime prevention and disaster planning. She has also been elected to serve as Chairperson for the Council in 2016.
Ms. Hinden is licensed to practice law in Florida, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. She is also a member of the Business Law Section and the Real Estate, Probate Law Section of the Florida Bar. She is also a member of the Seminole County Bar Association and the Volie A. Williams American Inn of Court. Contact Michelle Gomez Hinden