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Kelly A. Friess

Professional Staff



Baker College, B.A.
  • Business Administration
  • A.A.S. Paralegal Studies
American Institute of Paralegal Studies
  • Paralegal Certificate

Prior Employment

  • Wireless Vision, Real Estate Manager, 2012-2014
  • Gershenson Realty & Investment, Real Estate Paralegal, 2008-2012
  • Taubman, Legal Analyst, 2007-2008
  • Equis Corporation, Lease Analyst, DaimlerChrysler account, 2000-2007


Kelly Friess is a paralegal in the Real Estate Department with more than 16 years of real estate experience. Her background is primarily in leasing, negotiating, drafting, and reviewing supporting real estate documentation.

  • Prepares and reviews leases, subleases, lease amendments, lease assignments, license agreements, storage and parking agreements, estoppels, and other real-estate-related agreements
  • Prepares closing documents relating to acquisitions and dispositions of real property, escrow instruction letters, and resolutions and reviews real estate agreements relating to the transaction
  • Prepares and files Articles of Organization, orders Certificate of Good Standing reports, conducts UCC filing searches, prepares amendments to LLC agreements, assignments of membership interests, and other miscellaneous corporate and organizational documents


  • Responsible for all real estate matters for several companies including leasing, property management, landlord/tenant issues, construction-related materials, and vendor-related contracts
  • Managed a real estate portfolio of more than 200 retail stores
  • Negotiated and drafted leases, lease amendments, letters of intent, purchase agreements, confidentiality agreements, estoppels, and construction contracts
  • Handled ongoing administration of lease contracts including compliance, modifications, renewals, and building maintenance
  • Managed tenant coordination before, during, and after the tenant's construction build-out
  • Abstracted numerous leases, license agreements, loan documents, operating agreements, and management agreements
  • Built and managed prior company’s database used to track critical dates, rent increases, options, and tenants’ sales figures
  • Established processes to facilitate the updating and storage of all legal documents for previous companies
  • Reviewed and revised all incoming legal contracts relating to operations at shopping malls; contracts included leases, license agreements, service and maintenance agreements, and sponsorship and promotional agreements
  • Acted as liaison between legal department and mall management by coordinating requests for legal assistance from outside vendors, lessees, and tenants
  • Managed highly complex detailed database containing metrics for all DaimlerChrysler leased and owned properties
  • Performed preliminary audits of operating expenses, utilities, and taxes on all leases in the portfolio
  • Created and prepared quarterly reports containing real estate metrics for previous companies