Melissa A. Baratian


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  • The University of Georgia School of Law, JD, cum laude, Articles Editor, Georgia Law Review, 1997
  • University of Pennsylvania, BA, International Relations and Russian Studies, magna cum laude, Dean’s List, Phi Beta Kappa, 1994
  • Georgia

Member, State Bar of Georgia (Real Estate Section)

Melissa is of counsel in the real estate finance practice. Melissa has a wide variety of experience representing developers, particularly in the areas of mixed-use and multi-family developments, industrial and commercial/ flex projects, and office and retail developments. She handles and manages all stages of complex real estate deals including the acquisition of land and redevelopment sites (and the eventual disposition of completed projects thereon) from the point of the purchase agreement through the due diligence and entitlement phases, closing the acquisition, equity and debt financing, and assisting with a myriad of issues that often arise during project construction and development.

Melissa also has experience with the acquisition and disposition of developed properties, usually in large portfolios with intricate financing structures. She has spent much of her career handling sophisticated transactions and leading legal teams through the complicated closings of such transactions in a wide variety of geographical markets.. She has also served as counsel for several mixed-use projects aimed at the revitalization of urban areas such as Inman Park in Atlanta and the redevelopment of the historic T&P Railway building in Houston.  Melissa also has represented both landlords and tenants in office, retail and industrial leasing, including build to suit leases.

Furthermore, Melissa routinely engages in transactions involving Section 1031 tax deferred exchanges and is thus familiar with the requirements and steps involved in the process of closing tax free exchanges.

Melissa Baratian
T: +1 404 443 5584F: +1 404 443 5794Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

Counsel for acquisitions, dispositions and leasing of developed properties for office, industrial and retail uses.

Lead attorney on many real estate development projects from start to finish including acquisition of land, financing, ownership structure, due diligence, development issues, closing and post-closing matters.