H. Edward Hales: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

H. Edward Hales


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Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • Acquisition & Development
  • Agribusiness
  • Timber & Forest Products
  • Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors' Rights
  • Distressed Real Estate
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • Office & Industrial
  • Leasing
  • Pension Fund & Tax Exempt Investments
  • Real Estate Finance, Capital Markets & Commercial Mortgage Servicing
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Financial Services
  • Natural Resources
Contact InfoTelephone: 404.853.8077
University University of North Carolina, B.A.
Law SchoolUniversity of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., with high honors Editor-in-Chief, University of Florida Law Review, Order of the Coif, Florida Blue Key, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa
Admitted1971, Florida; 1972, Georgia; 1973, District of Columbia

Professional Activities
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Atlanta Bar Association
Member, Lawyers Club of Atlanta
Member, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
fellow, American College of Mortgage Attorneys
Member, Pension Real Estate Association

BornMontezuma, Georgia, May 17, 1944

With a law career that spans four decades, Ed Hales guides and facilitates his clients' investments in commercial real estate projects, including acquisitions, construction and development, financing and syndication, joint ventures and other forms of co-investment, equity formation, and creditor's rights litigation involving real estate, including bankruptcy. Ed's principal clients are private equity firms and institutional investors, such as insurance companies, tax-exempt investors, public and private pension funds, leading investment managers and advisory firms.

Ed devotes significant time to transactions involving hotels, conference centers, resorts and golf courses, with substantial involvement in public/private strategic alliances and Caribbean development. He frequently advises clients in connection with creating appropriate entity structures to facilitate complex financial transactions, such as multi-tiered, multiparty real estate co-investment transactions, partnerships and joint ventures. Additionally, Ed works in the agribusiness law arena, helping his clients acquire large portfolios of timber and farmlands internationally and across the country.

Selected Experience

Sutherland represents a public employee pension plan's $600 million debt fund.

Sutherland represents debt investor in restructuring capital stack for portfolio of eight resort properties.

Sutherland assists employee pension fund to develop a programmatic joint venture.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by Chambers USA : Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of real estate (2009-2015)

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of real estate (2008-2010, 2012)

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of real estate law (2005-2016) and leisure and hospitality law (2015-2016)


Honorable Griffin B. Bell, U.S. Court of Appeals - Eleventh Circuit.


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H. Edward Hales

999 Peachtree Street, N.E.
AtlantaGA 30309-3996


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