Bruce Buckley has over 40 years of experience in a broad range of commercial real estate transactions and issues - from the simple to the complex - dealing with shopping centers, office buildings, multi-family apartments, and industrial sites. He has represented buyers, sellers, developers, lenders, landlords and tenants in matters involving the acquisition, sale and development of commercial properties, in leases and ground leases, in acquisition, construction and permanent financings, in loan workouts, and in general corporate matters.

Bruce is proud of being a “dirt lawyer” and particularly enjoys sorting through and addressing the unique title issues presented by each property being acquired by his clients. Bruce has significant experience in providing legal opinions in complex, multi-state financing transactions. 

Much of Bruce’s work serves existing clients of the firm, as they deal with the real estate aspects of their property holdings and their expansions and acquisitions.

During his college years, Bruce had the privilege of playing four years as a scholarship athlete for the legendary basketball coach Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina.

Representative Experience

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  • Acquisitions, sales and financings of numerous multi-family apartment properties for a regional owner/investor.
  • Acquisitions of properties for development of a data center and solar farm for a national client.
  • Local enforceability opinions and document review for borrowers in multi-state financing transactions.
  • Acquisitions, financings and sales of commercial properties for a long-term firm client, including tax-exchange acquisitions of leased investment parcels.
  • Due diligence and title review projects for portfolio property acquisitions.

Professional & Civic Engagement

  • Bar Associations: American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Real Property Section
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Real Property Section
  • Active membership in Covenant Presbyterian Church

Thought Leadership

Author, “Real Estate Sales Must Address COVID Deferred Rent,” Law360, August 2021

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (BL Rankings), Real Estate Law, 2018 – Present
  • Super Lawyers Honoree, North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine (Thomson Reuters), 2006