Real Estate

For all the complexities inherent in real estate development, one thing is clear: Having legal counsel that can handle the detail-driven matters of the industry – and build legal strategies that land results – couldn’t be more important.

With one of the most seasoned, diverse real estate groups in the Southeast, Nexsen Pruet brings a full range of skills and experience to virtually every matter involved in real estate development. We understand the intricate nature of the industry, and we have the backgrounds and depth of resources necessary to deliver seamless, high-quality representation for businesses, governments, and individuals in the Carolinas, across the country, and throughout the globe.

Comprehensive Counsel for a Spectrum of Issues

Our extensive experience includes representing buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, lenders, borrowers, developers, and investors in the complete spectrum of matters essential to the industry.

Land Acquisition/Disposition. This includes determining entity structures; negotiating purchase and sale agreements; conducting due diligence, including title review; handling closings; and minimizing tax consequences.

Permitting, Land Use, and Zoning. We regularly advise clients on developed and undeveloped properties and are well-versed in obtaining the required land use approvals. With seven offices on the Eastern coast, we also have substantial experience with coastal developments, particularly those involving wetlands and marinas.

Resort Development. From the Carolina Coast to the Colorado Mountains, our attorneys represent clients in the development of planned communities and resorts, hotels, condominiums, inns, spas, and marinas. We also handle the commercial aspects of resort development.

HUD & State Land Sales Registrations. We counsel clients using cost-savings strategies to register projects and manage HUD and other registrations and exemptions in all states.

Litigation. We help clients anticipate and quickly resolve disputes related to zoning, land use, condemnations, foreclosures, breach of contracts, leases, titles, boundaries, joint ventures or partners, and priority litigation between competing lenders.

Taxation. With a focus on maximizing tax benefits, we deliver tax planning counsel to effectively structure real estate transactions.

Conservation Easements. Our team is well-versed in drafting and implementing conservation easements and has been involved in some of the earliest and most significant deals in the Southeast region.

Leasing. We represent landlords and tenants in professional offices, medical offices, industrial spaces and warehouses.

Construction. We assist clients with a wide range of constructions requirements, including contract review.

Finance. From traditional to state-of-the-art financing, our attorneys are experienced in representing lenders, investors, and borrowers in the complete range of financial issues impacting the real estate industry.

Intellectual Property. We handle the trademark requirements – and other intellectual property needs – that often come with developing real estate.

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  • Joan is well versed in all areas of environmental law and regulation for a diverse number of applications. She has provided sound advice on real esta...

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    Joan is well versed in all areas of environmental law and regulation for a diverse number of applications. She has provided sound advice on real estate matters, and regulatory matters involving operating permits and rules governing operations in South Carolina and North Carolina. Joan is responsive to client requirements, is an effective communicator, and has been successful at providing sound advice in working with government agencies to amicably resolve complicated regulatory matters.

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    As an attorney myself, when I needed assistance in a white collar matter, I was immediately referred to
    Ms. Riley by more than one attorney. Right to the point, Ms. Riley's knowledge of the law, ability to communicate, and abilities as an advocate are second to none. Ms. Riley, in my opinion, is one of the brightest and most effective attorneys I have ever met.

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  • We as family members of his client did most of the work in gathering helpful info. then all he basically did was read what we had collected. Did not s...

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    We as family members of his client did most of the work in gathering helpful info. then all he basically did was read what we had collected. Did not stand up enough for our son.

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    They were always fast with a response to a question of mine and it was very affordable with great services.

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    They were always fast with a response to a question of mine and it was very affordable with great services.

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Diversity

Nexsen Pruet recognizes the importance of having lawyers that reflect the broad diversity within our client base, our jury system, our colleagues, and our community at large.  To that end, we are committed to recruiting minority candidates, reducing minority attrition, supporting minority organizations, and expanding and improving our diversity program.  We also recognize that the pursuit of a diverse workplace is, and should be, ongoing. 

As a means of promoting these interests, we created the Nexsen Pruet Diversity Scholarship Program. Prior to creating the scholarship, we completed a written plan that identified methods by which the firm could recruit, hire, and retain minority lawyers. The plan includes expanding our recruitment efforts to other law schools, increasing recruitment of lateral minority and female candidates, and continuing to develop and enhance our relationships with minority law organizations such as the Black Law Students Association.  Our goal is to identify qualified minority candidates who may be potential members of the firm.

Nexsen Pruet understands the need for and value of increased diversity, and we are strengthening and building upon our commitment to provide an inclusive environment within our firm.  As such, we will maintain a continuing focus on doing whatever we can to achieve the important and necessary goal of diversity.

 

Nexsen Pruet Diversity Scholarship

Strengthening the Lawyers of Tomorrow...Today

   The Nexsen Pruet Diversity Scholarship aims to:  

  • Support diversity within our firm and the bar  
  • Enhance educational opportunities for talented minorities in the field of law  
  • Inform minority law students of opportunities for private practice in the Carolinas   

The Scholarship Program will award $3000 to one or more exceptional first year minority law students planning a career in North or South Carolina.   

All scholarship recipients will be considered for summer employment in one of the Nexsen Pruet offices upon completion of their first year of law school.  Scholarship recipients are invited to re-apply for additional scholarships during their second and third years of law school.   

 Eligible students must be attending one of the following schools:

  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Wake Forest University School of Law 
  • North Carolina Central University School of Law 
  • Charleston School of Law
  • Charlotte School of Law