Elissa “Reece” Otto-Villamor is a Florida Registered Paralegal with more than 18 years of experience assisting attorneys in a wide range of real estate matters, including closings of acquisitions, sales, and loan transactions for sophisticated commercial and high value residential real estate. She reviews loan commitment letters and term sheets, due diligence documentation, status memoranda, title documents and surveys. Ms. Otto-Villamor prepares real estate and loan closing checklists and critical date schedules, title objection letters, and sale and loan documentation for attorney review.

She has assisted on a wide variety of transactions, including condominium project development and developer unit sales closings, multi-family residential town home, condominium and lease projects, retail, commercial and unimproved real property for development purposes, and Section 1031 Like-Kind Exchange transactions. Ms. Otto-Villamor also assists in overseeing trust account activity, including deposits, disbursements and reconciliations for all transactions.

Professional Background

Ms. Otto-Villamor joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in April 2011. Previously she was a paralegal and legal assistant at Yoss, LLP from 2002 until joining Hinshaw.

She worked as a legal secretary from 1985–1993 at Krongold & Bass, P.A., and then as a legal secretary and legal assistant from 1993–2002 at Rollnick & Linden, P.A.

Professional Affiliations

Ms. Otto-Villamor is Acting Secretary to the Board of Directors of the Selma Oritt Foundation. She was also an active member of the Philip Guerra Employee Charitable Trust during her employment at Yoss LLP.


A.S., Paralegal Studies, Miami-Dade College, 2009