About Melanie

Melanie Clark is Of Counsel to the firm in the Real Estate group and focuses her practice on project development including resorts, mixed-use condominiums, timeshare and fractional programs, and condominium hotels. Melanie has assisted her clients in a broad range of real estate transactions, providing start-to-finish legal counsel beginning with initial land acquisition and entitlements to construction completion and operation or sale. Clients have come to rely on Melanie for her extensive experience in acquisition and due diligence, development structuring, and leasing and sale to end users.

Melanie is also proud of her pro bono experience, which has included representing foster parents in adoption proceedings, helping undocumented immigrants obtain U-Visas, and obtaining a presidential commutation for a prisoner serving an egregious sentence for a non-violent drug conviction.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Melanie was an associate at Ballard Spahr LLP (2007-2017).

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  • Prepared closing documents including assignments and deeds for large acquisitions with properties in more than ten jurisdictions and performed related due diligence including review of title commitments and exception documents.
  • Drafted and negotiated lease documents for multiple retail and industrial mixed-use projects.
  • Researched licensing laws in all 50 states and advised on best practices for real estate licensees.
  • Drafted declarations of covenants, conditions and restrictions for condominium hotel projects.
  • Drafted form purchase contracts for sale of units in condominium hotels.
  • Drafted project and sales documents for fractional interest projects and registered projects with state real estate departments.
  • Researched regulatory structure, requirements and penalties in all 50 states for timeshares, exchange companies and short-term vacation products.
  • Drafted and negotiated easement and encroachment agreements for residential and commercial properties.
  • Applied for extension of zoning approvals for large retailer and coordinated applications for site plan approval and conditional use permits.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Listed among Rising Stars (Real Estate), Mountain States Super Lawyers®, 2014-2015, 2017-2019

Civic Activities 

  • Real Property Section CLE Committee, Utah State Bar, 2014-2015
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