Rena Kelley

Of Counsel
Area of Focus:

Government Relations & Land Development, Public-Private Partnerships, Government Contracting

Rena Kelley
Of Counsel

Rena Kelley is Of Counsel to Bilzin Sumberg's Land Development & Government Relations Group, where she serves as an integral part of the Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Team. Rena works with the P3 Team to advise clients on complex aspects of public-private real estate developments, such as ground leases and development agreements. Her P3 experience covers both transportation infrastructure and mixed-use transit-oriented developments across South Florida. 

Q & A
How has your time as in-house counsel at a private company helped you in serving clients?
When I served as in-house counsel to a large U.S. corporation, I experienced from the ‘inside’ what businesses wanted from the outside counsel that they retained. They want responsive, specially tailored advice that is also practical and suits the broader business considerations of the company. This business-minded approach to legal matters is often a deciding factor in how companies assess and recruit outside counsel, and I strive to bring that approach to all client matters. 
What most excites you about working on P3 projects?
Real estate developments that involve public-private partnerships are arguably the most complex types of projects in the real estate industry, and as someone who enjoys tackling complex challenges, I view the myriad business, legal, and political issues inherent in every P3 project with excitement. No two P3 projects are alike, even if they are within the same industry, which is why utilizing experienced counsel is critical to navigating the nuances of each one. 
  • University of Virginia, J.D., 2012
    Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., Certificates in Accounting and Finance, Highest Honors, 2006
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association
    Mentoring Program Chair 
    Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida
    Florida China Chamber of Commerce
    International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation
    Special Olympics Florida
    Miami-Dade County Management Team, Co-Chair of the Athlete Leadership Program
    The Florida Bar
    Business Law Section 
    Young Professionals in Infrastructure
    Member, 2023
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Mandarin