Melanie Clark

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Melanie Clark is a partner in Stoel Rives’ Real Estate group and has a broad real estate practice including acquisition and disposition of land, project development, leasing, and financing. She serves as counsel to developers of mixed-use, resort, and residential projects, including condominiums and vacation products. Melanie provides start-to-finish legal counsel beginning with initial land acquisition, financing, and entitlements to construction completion and operation or sale. Clients have come to rely on Melanie for her extensive experience in acquisitions and due diligence, development structuring, and leasing and sale to end users.

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Construction Work Under COVID-19 Orders in Utah

Unlike many of its neighboring states, Utah currently has no statewide “stay home” or “shelter in place” order. However, in response to COVID-19, Governor Gary Herbert has issued a “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive on March 27, 2020. This is not a shelter in place order.  It is a directive that tells individuals and businesses … Continue Reading

Condemnation Awards on Leasehold Interests

A recent Utah case, adopting a “termination clause rule,” may have tenants in Utah reconsidering condemnation provisions in leases. In UDOT v. Kmart, 2018 UT 54, the Utah Supreme Court denied a condemnation award to a tenant because the lease automatically terminated upon condemnation.  The Court found the tenant had no interest for which it … Continue Reading

Establishing a Legal Nonconforming Use

The key to a legal nonconforming use is establishing that the use was previously permitted. The Utah Court of Appeals recently reiterated this statutory requirement in LJ Mascaro v. Herriman City, 2018 UT App 127, where it stated a land owner must “provide substantial evidence to support a prior legal use,” in order to gain … Continue Reading