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Collison Forbes Royer

Real estate Attorney at Charlottesville, VA

5.0   14 reviews

also known as Chip Royer

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About Collison

Learn Collison’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    Collison “Chip” F. Royer specializes in real estate (including residential development, leasing, construction, commercial/industrial land acquisition, leasing, ground leases, and finance (including warehouse lines of credit up to $300,000,000). Mr. Royer regularly assists clients with challenging title matters, unusual financing structures, and contract disputes. He also handles hundreds of commercial closings per year.

    22 years

  2. Banking
    Mr. Royer regularly represents borrower and lenders in complex financial transactions for commercial projects and large residential developments. Mr. Royer also acts as counsel to lenders for various loan workouts and default situations. He regularly acts a foreclosure trustee and advises banks on such matters.

    22 years

  3. Business
    Mr. Royer regularly helps small and medium sized businesses with formation, governance and other issues, including buy-sell agreements and transition planning.

    22 years

Chip Royer enjoys a very busy law practice across the state of Virginia with a focus on business, banking and real estate. 

 Chip graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia and is also a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. He served as General Counsel for the Paramount Theater of Charlottesville, Inc., and is a member of the Board of Directors and general counsel for Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, Virginia, and its affiliates. He and his firm perform a substantial amount of pro bono work for the area's charities and non profit organizations, including counseling them on organizational and business issues.

Chip began his legal career as an associate with the Houston, Texas, based law firm of Bracewell & Patterson, LLP, now known as Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP. There Chip Royer spent much of his time assisting general counsel with the construction of large public venues, including NBA and NFL stadiums. Chip also served for two years as Asset Manager, General Counsel and Chief Restructuring Officer for Charlottesville-based Mosaico, LLC, having overseen the nationally acclaimed turnaround of Ohio’s Hartstone Pottery as well as the acquisition and redevelopment of large commercial and industrial real estate sites in several states. Clients benefit from Chip Royer’s unique perspective as a lawyer and former executive. Chip is also formerly associated with the Chick-fil-A Bowl and Atlanta Sports Council.

Licensed for 21 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 12/27/2022
State TX
Status Inactive
Acquired 2001
Updated 10/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Collison

Royer Caramanis, PLC
200 C Garrett St
Charlottesville, VA, 22902


5.0 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Posted by Nicole | January 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Beyond competent: meticulous, thorough and prompt
Chip Royer was our closing agent on a home purchase. After a bad prior experience, I was keely monitoring timelines and potential red flags. There were absolutely no issues with this closing. Chip and his staff knew every nuance of not only the standard requirements for a closing, but also for the more intense VA loan closings. There were literally no hiccups in the process and the team answered every question I had along the way quickly and thoroughly. It is rare to see such detail oriented work nowadays. Chip walked us through every single form during closing and explained to us what we were signing. This was the best closing experience I have had by far. There is no other attorney that I will use. Whatever Chip provides, we will go to him for that service when needed.
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Posted by David | February 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Intelligent, fantastic communicator & a solid person!
My wife and I used Chip's services for our home closing. Closing on a home can be an intimidating process, but not with Chip. He made the entire closing seem simple. My wife even said, "I actually just understood everything I signed. Chip was great!" Since our closing, we have recommended Chip to friends for their real estate needs. I have even consulted him on other topics and, in all cases, he always gave sound, solid advice and guidance. Chip is one of the brightest attorneys I have worked with in my career, and I have no reservations about going to him with any subject.
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Posted by Gary | January 22, 2016
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Gary Taylor
Chip Royer is the consummate professional and a valuable resource to me, my family and my company. I have worked him on multiple occasions and in each case felt that he has helped me through complicated issues with both thoughtful analysis and grace.
Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Chip gave us great service on a somewhat unusual real estate matter. His rates are reasonable and he is very responsive.
Posted by Jonathan | January 18, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Service and Expertise
I've been working with Chip on a professional level since 2010. In my opinion, there's no one more diligent and knowledgeable when it comes to real estate and corporate law than Chip. He and his entire team provide A-Level service and guidance. He's my go-to for anything related to real estate or business law.
Posted by Whit | January 18, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Mr. Royer has always provided the highest level of service on everything transaction we have done together. I both confidently recommend him to clients and for my personal real estate transaction. He maintains a high level of professionalism as well as keeping a the interaction friendly. I look forward to working with him in the near future.
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Posted by Nick | January 18, 2016
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Prompt, thorough, and efficient
Chip has been a pleasure to work both for my business concerns and for my personal real estate transactions. He is excellent in communicating and is very timely on deliverables. Definitely recommended!
Posted by Nicklous | January 16, 2016
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Simply the best representation available!
The most competent, professional, and best representation available for you legal needs. Mr. Royer has represented me for many years now, and if your needs are in his scope, you can ask for, nor find, anyone better.
Posted by Arleen | January 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service and Knowledge!
As a full-time Realtor with over 30 years of experience working with buyers and sellers in the Charlottesville area, I have had the opportunity to recommend many attorneys to my clients. Over the last couple of years, Collison "Chip" Royer has represented a number of my clients, and they have been so consistently thrilled with his services, that recently hired his team to represent me in the sale of one of my own properties! Chip is well respected by the real estate community and also by his peers. He and his staff offer superior service that is second-to-none!
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Posted by Greg Slater | January 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
As a real estate professional I have worked with many attorneys. When I worked with Chip for the first time several years ago I was immediately impressed. Since then I have worked with him personally and have referred many clients to him as well. He always does a great job.
Posted by Karyn | January 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
I am a Realtor and have hired Chip to represent me personally and I work with him regularly on real estate transactions. He and his team do an excellent job. He is extremely knowledgable, responsive and professional. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Outstanding. Very personable but yet right to the point. Making all our transactions simple and as stress free as possible without any wasted time or effort, I highly recommend Mr. Royer to all businesses and individuals who need representation for real estate transactions.
Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Purchase of real estate
Chip always provides a timely, no nonsense response on any matter we need his help on. Chip takes a consultative approach allowing the client to determine the preferred direction after understanding the facts. There is a high- confidence level in the work he performs for our company.
Posted by Taylor | January 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best of the best
Chip and his entire team have quickly grown to become a firm that can handle all legal aspects for my businesses, and I imagine, for most anyone's business. We've had a business relationship for almost a decade, and there's just no one better.
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AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Royer Caramanis & McDonough, PLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Scott Kroner PLC
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Chief Restructuring Officer
  • Mosaico/Hartstone Pottery Holdings
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Scott Kroner PLC
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Bracewell & Patterson, LLP
  • 2001 - 2003
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  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 2001
  • University of Virginia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • Representation of banks and borrowers
  • $300 million builder line of credit
  • Closed over 520 residential real estate transactions in Central VA in 2016
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  • Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association
  • Nominating Committee
  • 2016 - Present
  • Various Bank Boards/Advisory Boards
  • 2015 - Present
  • Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Texas
  • N/A
  • National Homebuilders Association
  • N/A
  • Blue Ridge Homebuilders Association
  • Board of Directors
  • N/A
  • Leadership Charlottesville
  • N/A
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge
  • Board of Directors
  • 2017 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyer (Charlottesville Welcome Winner)
  • Gold Award
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Realtor Focus Groups
  • TRID: The impacts of new government guidelines on residential closings
  • 2016
  • Local Realtor Team Annual Meeting
  • The Ins and Outs of Residential Contracts: Tips for Closing on TIme and Avoiding Potholes
  • 2015
  • Fall Realtor Caucus
  • Upcoming Government Changes and Impacts on Residential Lending
  • 2015
  • Local Realtors Conference
  • Short Sales: Better in the Long Run?
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse Collison
Real estate Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great attorney. I endorse him unequivocally."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked on matters as opposing counsel to Collison Royer prior to forming a firm with him. In the 7+ years I've known him, he has consistently been extremely knowledgeable, diligent, and responsive. He is highly competent in commercial banking, construction, and real estate matters."
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