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Kathryn J. Carlisle-Kesling

Of Counsel

222 South Main Street, Suite 2200, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Kate brings over two decades of industry experience to assist developers, builders, finance partners, and title companies with real estate and construction transactions, projects, and workouts.

Comprehensive and Strategic Real Estate Development Advisor. Kate has extensive experience guiding clients at every stage of the project development lifecycle–from planning to due diligence and title to acquisition and through lease out, management, and operation. She has also led transactions involving a wide range of development projects including commercial, industrial, retail centers, office buildings, hotels and resorts, restaurants, senior living centers, multifamily developments, condominiums, oil and gas projects, and subdivisions. Kate draws on experience with dispute resolution, bringing persuasive communication and negotiation skills to help clients navigate thorny issues that arise in transactions.

Real Estate Advice for Leveraging Tools to Finance Energy Efficiency and New Markets. Kate has led transactions involving C-PACE financing and New Market Tax Credit deals.

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Client Results

  • Before joining Holland & Hart, some of the matters Kate worked on include:

    • 20 year-representation of one of Ohio’s largest independently owned title agents, involved in title/escrow issues/reviews/closings, claim resolution, preparation of conveyance documents. Co-authored “Best Practice” policies (including security and IT/cyber policies) and assisted client to become one of the first ALTA Best Practice certified agents (by a third-party auditor), in Ohio.

    • Lead counsel for a major financial institution in the review of hundreds of leases, licenses, easements, service agreements, and right of way agreements for bank branches and ATM locations. 

    • Local counsel for a fully integrated real estate development, construction, property management, and capital company located in Utah. 

    • Lead counsel for a major hotel acquisition and franchise in Cleveland, Ohio. 

    • Lead counsel for one of Ohio’s largest gas and oil operations, as land owner, including leases, pipeline agreements, and access agreements. 

    • Lead counsel in Johnson v. New Direction IRA FBO King C. Lam, 2018-Ohio-4608, 2018 Ohio App. LEXIS 4920, successful oral argument and appeal in Cuyahoga County, Eighth Appellate District Court, involving a purported termination of easement appurtenant, bona fide purchaser statute, and forfeiture deeds.

    • Lead counsel for land developer in sale of a subdivision and preparation of covenants, conditions and restrictions. 



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  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Real Estate Law, 2021-2023
  • Utah Business Magazine, Utah Legal Elite, Real Estate, 2020-2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, Client Champion Silver, 2019
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, Real Estate, 2013

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • NAIOP/Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Member
  • CREW Utah, Member
  • Urban Land Institute, Member
  • Women Lawyers of Utah, Career Advancement Committee, Member
  • Utah State Bar Association, Real Property and Estate Planning Sections, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Section Counsel, Real Property Section, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Committee on Re-writing Ohio Standards of Title Examination, Member
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Real Estate Section, Chair, 2017-2018
  • MountainWest Capital Network, Member
  • Salt Lake Estate Planning Council, Member
  • Salt Lake Community College, Planned Giving Committee, Member
  • TEENS, Inc., Board Member

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