I am a business attorney with a broad-based practice, including helping developers and property owners complete commercial real estate deals, assisting financial institutions in resolving lending disputes, aiding clients in corporate matters and asset transactions, and serving as a trusted legal advisor and outside general counsel.
My real estate practice involves a broad spectrum of developments, including healthcare real estate, mixed-use developments, shopping centers, residential subdivisions, industrial parks, and condominiums. I represent developers and property owners in developing, negotiating, financing, documenting, and closing such complex commercial real estate transactions. My deep real estate experience includes a vast array of lease arrangements, including office, restaurant, retail, industrial, entertainment production (film and television), medical, and ground leases.
I represent borrowers, guarantors, investors, purchasers of debt, and financial institutions in such matters as managing distressed debt, loan workouts, loan restructuring, and debt purchases and sales. I also work with such parties in various financing matters, including development loans, leasehold secured financing, and SBA loans.
I guide clients in various corporate matters such as asset purchase agreements and transactions, entity selection and formation, and entity interest transfers. I assist non-profit groups with such matters as formation, governance documents, coordinating and overseeing investigation and litigation matters, advising regarding board of directors and governance issues, and 501(c)(3) matters.
I serve as outside general counsel to multiple clients. In doing so, I not only aid them with the applicable above-described matters; I also help them with identifying and reducing potential liability, corporate succession, crisis management, coordinating and overseeing other professional service providers and advisors, corporate structure, and strategic vision and implementation.
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers||2018|
|Legal Elite||Business North Carolina||2018|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2018|
|Legal Elite||Business North Carolina||2017|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Stars||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Pro Bono Impact Award||Business Leader||2008|
|Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award||Mecklenburg County Bar||2008|
|Partner||McDermott Law, PLLC||2014 - Present|
|Partner||Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice||2006 - 2014|
|Associate||Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein||2004 - 2005|
|North Carolina Bar Association publication||Real Estate||2016|
|University of Georgia School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|State University of New York At Oswego||B.A., Magna Cum Laude||1998|
|North Carolina Bar Association||Hot Topics in Real Estate CLE||2017|
|North Carolina Bar Association, CLE Committee||Real Estate||2015|