Telese B. McKay

Shareholder | At Icard Merrill Since 2017

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Practice Concentration
Telese B. McKay is a shareholder at Icard Merrill practicing in the field of condominium and homeowner association law since 1999, focusing on all issues surrounding the general business of the association corporations, as well as residential development and construction.  Ms. McKay acts as general counsel to the community association clients by assisting in the day to day needs of the associations, including but not limited to:
• Providing opinions on the authority and responsibilities facing the boards of directors in governing the community;
• Assessment collection & foreclosure;
• Amendments to the association’s governing documents;
• Negotiation of maintenance, construction, landscaping & other service contracts;
• Preparation of annual & special meeting packages;
• Arbitration & litigation of covenant enforcement actions;
• Providing interpretation of Florida Statutes & the association’s governing documents; and,
• Providing explanation of Federal laws, such as the Fair Housing Act, the Telecommunications Act and the laws regulating housing for persons 55+ years of age.
Ms. McKay regularly teaches continuing education courses for community association managers and has been the guest speaker for organizations such as Community Association Institute, Building Managers International, the Federation of Longboat Key Condominium Associations and the Sarasota Association of Realtors. She is an active member of the Sarasota and Manatee County Bars, The Manatee Inn of Court, Community Association Institute, and the Florida Association of Women Lawyers. She has also authored articles for various community association publications.
In July 2005, Ms. McKay was named in the Gulf Coast Business Review’s “Top 40 Under 40”. The Top 40 under 40 annually recognizes the top 40 business professionals under the age of 40 in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.  She was also nominated in the spring of 2005 for the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Rookie Business Person of the Year for her contributions in founding McKay Law Firm, P.A.  In 2007, Ms. McKay was nominated to the 2007 Small Business Person of the Year award.  Ms. McKay was the President for West Florida Chapter of CAI in 2009 and served on the Board of Directors for six (6) years.  She was again reelected to the CAI Board of Directors for another three-year commencing in 2018.
  • University of Miami School of Law (LL.M., 2000)
  • University of Miami School of Law (J.D., 1999)
  • Ambassador University (B.A., 1996)  
Professional Distinctions
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Florida Trend's Legal Elite (2008, 2015)
  • Gulf Coast Business Review's Top 40 Under 40 (2005)
  • Sarasota and Manatee County Bar Associations
  • Community Association Institute
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers
Community Involvement
  • Court Appointed Guardian Ad Litem for the 12th Judicial Circuit
  • Parents' Association of St. Stephen's Episcopal School