Scott, an experienced transactions lawyer, is a recognized leader in commercial real estate and corporate/real estate finance. Scott has a wide ranging practice that gives him a unique perspective when crafting legal strategies for his clients.

Scott has a wealth of experience in real estate, but primarily focuses his real estate practice on the acquisition, development and sale of commercial and industrial properties and the negotiation of retail, office and industrial leases for properties located all across the United States. Scott also assists his clients with the management of corporate real estate portfolios. In order to better assist clients with green building and green leasing issues, Scott earned accreditation as a LEED Green Associate from the Green Building Certification Institute.

Scott has experience in a diverse range of corporate finance and real estate finance transactions in connection with providing counsel to businesses and lenders as to structuring, negotiating and documenting all aspects of senior debt credit arrangements, including multi-state, multi-lender, and multi-currency transactions (both secured and unsecured, including traditional commercial mortgage transactions). His practice regularly includes syndicated financings, representing borrowers, administrative and collateral agents and participating lenders. Scott has worked on financings across a range of industry groups, including health care, transportation, energy/natural resources, insurance, retail, business services, asset management, restaurant franchises, media and entertainment, and consumer products.

Scott is a prior Chair of the Real Property Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and currently sits on the North Carolina Secretary of State’s Electronic Recording Council.

The American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) elected Scott as a Fellow in the Class of 2018 - Click here to learn more about this accomplishment. 

Publications

From Checks to Cash:  The Regulation of the Payday Lending Industry, 5 North Carolina Banking Institute Journal 339 (2001)

Professional Activities

  • North Carolina State Bar Association, Real Property Section and Business Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section and Business Law Section
  • Forsyth County Bar Association
  • Member, Real Property Council (NC Bar Association Real Property Section) (2009-2012), Legislative Chair (2012-2013), Treasurer/Executive Committee (2013-2014), Vice Chair (2014-2015), Chair (2015-2016), Immediate Past Chair (2016-2017)

Honors and Awards

  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite 2019
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law, 2015 - Present 
  • Selected to the 2017 North Carolina Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers
  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
Experience

Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

  • Represented a developer on the conversion of a historic 20 story office building into a mixed use development with a boutique hotel, restaurant and apartment units, including associated construction finance.
  • Represented a developer on the conversion of a 19-story office building into a mixed use development with a boutique hotel, restaurants, retail spaces and luxury residential condominiums.
  • Represented a national bank with corporate real estate acquisitions, dispositions and leasing of retail and office properties.
  • Represented a health care company in connection with lease of Class A office space in locations throughout United States.
  • Represented a national tenant in connection with leasing of industrial/warehouse properties.
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Bar admissions

2002, North Carolina

Education

  • J.D., 2002, University of North Carolina School of Law
    • Managing Editor, North Carolina Banking Institute Journal, 2001-2002 (Staff Member, 2000-2001)
    • Dean’s List Phi Alpha Delta
  • B.A., 1999, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • with distinction
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Pi Sigma Alpha
    • Dean’s List
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