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Michele Diglio-Benkiran

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Winter Garden, FL

Legal Counsel P.A.
13330 W Colonial Dr, Suite 110
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Phone: 407-698-3660
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Licensed in Florida Since: 1999
Practice Areas: Real Estate: Business, Business Litigation, Business/Corporate, Estate Planning & Probate, General Litigation, Government Contracts, Real Estate: Consumer
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Attorney Profile

Attorney Michele Diglio-Benkiran founded and operates the central Florida-based law firm of Legal Counsel P.A with a commitment to excellence. Individuals and businesses throughout Florida turn to her for a wide range of legal services involving:

  • Corporate formation and joint ventures
  • Business law
  • Contract drafting
  • Business sales
  • Litigation, arbitration and mediation
  • Trademarks and copyrights
  • Real estate law
  • Investors and wholesalers
  • Probate and estate planning
  • Homeowners law
  • Foreclosures

Besides being an attorney, Ms. Diglio-Benkiran is an entrepreneur from a family of entrepreneurs who knows what it takes to run a successful business. She draws from her own practical knowledge and 20-plus years of legal experience when counseling her business clients. Her comprehensive representation using advanced technology and constant client interaction gives her an edge over her competitors. She understands the distinction between legal and business decisions, enabling her to serve her clients well.

Ms. Diglio-Benkiran completed her Bachelor of Science in criminal justice at the Florida International University and her Juris Doctor cum laude at the Michigan State University College of Law. She was listed in the Who’s Who Among American Law Students for her outstanding achievement in the study of law. She started out as an assistant state attorney in Palm Beach County, Florida. Before establishing her current firm, she worked with several law firms as a partner.

A member in good standing with The Florida Bar, Ms. Diglio-Benkiran holds memberships with organizations such as the Orange County Bar Association; The Florida Bar’s Business Law Section, The Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar and the Trial Lawyers Section; and the Central Florida Real Estate Attorneys’ Council. She is an authorized agent at the Old Republic Title and WFG National Title Insurance Company Inc.

Recently, Ms. Diglio-Benkiran has been featured in The American Lawyer’s Lawyers of Distinction, New York Times’ 2021 Power Lawyer and the Orlando Style’s 2020 Top Women in Law. In addition to rating her Excellent, Avvo featured her in the Top Real Estate Attorney and Top Business Law Attorney lists in 2016. She has won the Corporate Investment International, Inc.’s Best Business Attorney Award nine times. She serves as a guest lecturer for Keller Williams Realty, Coldwell Banker and La Rosa Realty. She has appeared as a legal commentator on TV to discuss different real estate topics.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Real Estate: Business
  • 10%Business Litigation
  • 10%Business/Corporate
  • 10%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 10%General Litigation
  • 10%Government Contracts
  • 10%Other
Focus Areas

Non-Compete Agreements, Limited Liability Companies, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations

Selections

1 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022

White Papers

  • What is Service of Process in Orlando, Florida? (2020) - Article on service of process
  • Joint Tenancy With Rights of Survivorship in Orlando, FL: What it Means (2020) - Article about joint tenancy with rights of survivorship
  • Changes to the FAR/BAR Contract (2015) - Article written and published on NeJame Law website (while Michele Diglio-Benkiran was a Partner at NeJame Law, P.A.).  
  • The New Law Governing Limited Liability Corporations and Their Real Property Transactions (2015) - Article written and published on NeJame Law website (while Michele Diglio-Benkiran was a Partner at NeJame Law, P.A.).  
  • Which Business Entity is Right For You (2015) - Article written and published on NeJame Law website (while Michele Diglio-Benkiran was a Partner at NeJame Law, P.A.).  

About Michele Diglio-Benkiran

First Admitted: 1999, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://legalcounselpa.com/attorneys/michele-diglio-benkiran...

Newsletters

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Old Republic National Title Insurance Company- Authorized Agent
  • Authorized Title Insurance Agent of CATIC
  • Alta-American Land Title Association
  • WFG National Title Insurance Company- Authorized Agent

Educational Background

  • Florida International University- Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice, 1991

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Realtor training/education on FIRPTA Changes, Estoppels, & More., Guest Lecturer, FIRPTA Changes, Estoppels & More, La Rosa Realty, Real Estate, 2016
  • Guest lecturer at IBBA conference., Educator/Guest Lecturer, The Legality of a Business Transaction, IBBA- International Business Brokers Association, Business, 2003
  • Counseling individuals facing mortgage foreclosure, Guest Lecturer, The Home Counseling Summit, Real Estate, 2012
  • Guest Lecturer to realtors at La Rosa Realty- Q&A Session, Guest Lecturer, The New Real Estate Market- Q&A Session, La Rosa Realty, Real Estate, 2014
  • Guest Lecturer at La Rosa Realty- Short Sales, Loan Modifications & Bankruptcies, Guest Lecturer, Short Sales, Loan Modifications & Bankruptcies, La Rosa Realty, Real Estate, 2014
  • Guest Lecturer at NeJame Realty concerning the legal aspects of the real estate market, more specifically involving Legislative Updates & TRID, Guest Lecturer, Legislative Update & TRID, NeJame Realty, Real Estate, 2016
  • Guest Lecturer at NeJame Realty & Keller Williams concerning Short Sales, HOA, & Bankruptcies in Real Estate, Educator/Guest Lecturer, Short Sales, HOA, & Bankruptcies in Real Estate, NeJame Realty & Keller Williams, Real Estate, 2016

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Marquis Who's Who. Marquis Who's Who states that selection of individuals for listing in its publications "is based on reference value." Individuals become eligible for listing by virtue of their positions and/or noteworthy achievements that have proved to be of significant value to society, 2021
  • Selected by Lawyer's of Distinction as one of 2021 Power Lawyers in the United States and published in the Sunday version of The New York Times on April 25, 2021., 2021
  • Selected among the top real estate attorney's in Central Florida to appear in Invest Orlando, a magazine about the various businesses in Central Florida, as the real state legal voice for Central Florida., 2020
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite- Selected as one of Florida Trend's Legal Elite, 2021
  • Orlando Style Magazine- Orlando's Top Women in Law, 2020
  • Who's Who American Law Students, 1997
  • Best Business Transactional Attorney Award- Corporate Investment International, Inc., 2002, 2004 - 2008
  • Best Business Attorney Award- Corporate Investment International, Inc., 2009 - 2011

Videos

Honors/Awards

  • Honoree Member of 2021 Florida Trend's Legal Elite., Florida Trend Legal Elite, Florida Trend (Florida's Business Authority), 2021
  • Published on Sunday, April 25, 2021 in The New York Times as one of 2021 Power Lawyers in the United States, Lawyer's of Distinction

Transactions

  • Successfully conducted over $25,000,000 in business sale closings from 2001 through present, 2021
  • Successfully completed a $2M Commercial Real Estate Closing, 2020
  • Successfully handled over $100,000,000 in real estate transactions from 2005 through 2021, 2021

Verdicts/Settlements

  • $1M settlement for client in complex litigation case in Orange County, Florida, 2021
  • $4M settlement for client involving a complex business transaction, 2019

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member of the Residential Real Estate Industry Liaison Committee of the Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, 2021
  • The Fund, Member
  • Business Law Section of the Florida Bar
  • Member of the Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, 2021
  • Member of the Trial Lawyers section of The Florida Bar, 2021
  • Member of the American Title and Land Association (ALTA), 2021
  • Member of the Central Florida Real Estate Attorney's Council, 2021
  • Member of the Orange County Bar Association, 2021
  • Florida Bar, 1999

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certification in Business Sale Valuations from Corporate Investment International, Inc., 2008

Industry Groups

  • Businesses
  • Private Lenders
  • Real Estate
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Office Location for Michele Diglio-Benkiran

13330 W Colonial Dr
Suite 110
Winter Garden, FL 34787

Phone: 407-698-3660

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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