Special Counsel, Blue Line Law Firm
Patrice Scott grew up in Central Florida. She later decided to pursue and earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida graduating in the field of Legal Studies with a Minor in Criminal Justice. Patrice soon thereafter earned a master’s degree in human resource management and MBA from Nova Southeastern University. A few years later, Patrice attended and earned a Juris Doctorate from Florida A & M University of Law. Patrice has several years’ experience working in litigation for Florida based law firms, in areas such as housing and real estate law, foreclosure law representing banks in pursuit of foreclosing on single-family homes, and affordable housing. Additionally, Patrice has worked under one of the largest private sector developers, as the Operations Manager for New Jersey Community Capital and its subsidiary, Community Asset Preservation Corporation. Patrice gained extensive knowledge in landlord-tenant law, particularly government subsidized properties, during her time as a Legal Fellow under the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Program sponsored under the Housing and Urban Development, “HUD” in the Affordable Housing Division. While working as a Legal Fellow, Patrice was a trained over a two-year period in landlord-tenant law, including the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, government subsidized programs such as LIHTC, Project Based Section 8, and the processes of funding both for landlords and developers. During her time as a Legal Fellow, Patrice developed the skills on both federal and local Florida law evictions. Additionally, Patrice was a panelist to several workshops including Know Your Rights, Community Economic Development, NAHHT, Fair Housing Training and earned a NITA Trial Skills certificate. While a Legal Fellow, Patrice was chosen to present her legal findings on Project Based Section 8 tenant issues to the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, D.C. which later became added to legislation. During her legal career, Patrice served on local government boards, including the Community Action Board for Orange County, Florida, the Holden Heights CDC, and the local chapter of the Central Florida Urban League as the Community Engagement Chair. As her work progressed, Patrice was hired as the Operations Manager for the Florida Division for New Jersey Community Capital subsidiary company, Con Preservation Corporation. New Jersey Community Capital is known as one of the nations largest banks and developer, creating affordable housing and capital throughout the United States. Once NJCC decided to embark upon the state of Florida, they hired Patrice Scott to oversee their Florida portfolio in regions such as West Palm Beach, Tampa/St. Petersburg, and Orlando, Florida. Patrice was hired to oversee the affordable housing development of both multifamily, single-family homes, create opportunities for affordable housing in low-income tract communities and oversee the operations of construction and development. During her time as the Operations Manager, Patrice implemented community-based projects such as first-time home and small business development projects for residents, including fostering the use of Section 3 of the HUD Act of 1968 for residents. Patrice was also instrumental in representing the organization during the evictions process of residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as obtaining rental assistance funding on behalf of the developer. Additionally, Patrice has been interviewed and featured by local Channel 9 News on the work she has done in the Parramore community based out of the City of Orlando, Florida. Currently, Patrice practices housing law, both landlord-tenant and evictions as an Of Counsel representative for Blue Line Law Firm, PLLC.