Nikki Carolan is General Counsel overseeing all legal matters involving Equinox Development’s business operations and real estate activities. She is responsible for negotiating the purchase, sale, financing, leasing, and development of all commercial real estate projects. Nikki directs an integrated team allowing for the multi-discipline coordination and expedited review of legal documents while providing the highest level of protection for our partners. She works cooperatively with outside counsel facilitating deal execution and cultivating long-lasting relationships.
Previously a shareholder in Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman’s real estate department, Nikki spent 15 years in private practice prior to joining Equinox. There she gained extensive experience representing landowners and developers while practicing primarily in the areas of commercial real estate, land use and development, government, and commercial real estate litigation.
She is widely recognized as a leader in her field and has earned many accolades including the following: Rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell, The Best Lawyers in America© in the practice area of Real Estate, Orlando Magazine Best Lawyers in practice area of Real Estate and Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in the practice area of Real Estate: Business.
She is an active member of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Orlando, a local chapter of CREW Network, serving as President of CREW Orlando in 2020.
She attended the University of Florida for both undergraduate and law school. While attending the UF College of Law, she was a Teaching Assistant for Legal Research and Writing and Appellate Advocacy and a member of the University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy, graduating with high honors in and receiving the Order of the Coif.
She and her husband, Mike, reside in Winter Park with their two young sons.
Professional Certifications and Memberships
• Orange County Bar Association
• Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, and Environmental and Land Use Law Section, The Florida Bar
• The Florida Bar, 2006
• U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida