Brian grew up in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  He graduated Cum Laude from Furman University in 1997, where he was the recipient of the Gunin and Harvey Lambert scholarships, and received a joint law degree and Master of Human Resources from the University of South Carolina in 2002. 

Prior to starting his own firm, Brian practiced with a firm in Charlotte, North Carolina, where his practice focused exclusively on commercial real estate transactions throughout North and South Carolina, and with firms in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where his practice focused on residential and commercial real estate closings, wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney, living wills, probate matters, and small business setup and formation, including limited liability companies and nonprofit corporations. 

Brian has closed thousands of residential and commercial real estate closings in North and South Carolina, and has experience negotiating, drafting, and counseling clients on contracts, easement agreements, license agreements, escrow agreements, covenants and restrictions, deeds, development agreements, and closing statements.  He also has assisted clients with setup and formation of limited liability companies and nonprofit corporations.  His experience includes:

  • representing a major national pharmacy in the acquisition and development of retail sites located throughout North and South Carolina, with a typical transaction value of three to four million dollars; 
  • representation of a developer in the acquisition of an outparcel located in a commercial shopping center in North Carolina with a transaction value of over twelve million dollars;
  • representation of a developer in the development of a large residential subdivision consisting of over 200 acres located in South Carolina;
  • representation of numerous large national tract builders in the acquisition and sale of residential lots;
  • representation of thousands of individual buyers and sellers in the closing of residential and commercial purchases, refinances, and equity lines of credit;
  • representation of clients in probate and estate planning matters, including probating of estates, guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, preparation of wills, trusts, living wills, durable powers of attorney, and health care powers of attorney.

Brian has been a featured speaker at a Continuing Legal Education seminar for the South Carolina Bar on ethics in real estate transactions.  He has authored an article on real estate law for the South Carolina Lawyer magazine, and is a past member of the South Carolina Bar’s Ethics Advisory Committee and has authored several opinions on ethics in real estate transactions for the Ethics Advisory Committee. 

Brian is an authorized title insurance agent for both First American National Title Insurance Company and Old Republic Title Insurance Company, and is an approved attorney for numerous other title insurance companies, including Chicago Title and Investors Title.

Brian attends Eternal Church in Fort Mill, South Carolina, and is active in the church worship band.  He is also active in the Rock Hill Toastmasters Club.  In his free time, he enjoys hiking and camping in the Carolina mountains, spending time with family, and playing music.  Occasionally he can be found “gigging” at a local restaurant.

AWARDS

Cali Award Recipient (highest grade in class), Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment Law, University of South Carolina School of Law, 2002

Legal Writing, highest grade in class, University of South Carolina School of Law, Fall 1999

ABA Real Property, Probate, and Trust Journal, student editor, University of South Carolina School of Law

Recipient, Gunin, Harvey Lambert, and Strings Scholarships, Furman University, 1993-1997

Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scouts, 1990

Best Speaker Award, Rock Hill Toastmasters, May 2009

PUBLICATIONS

“Retiring the Title to Mobile Homes,” South Carolina Lawyer July, 2007 at 32. 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Past member of the South Carolina Bar Ethics Advisory Committee; author of opinions 05-18 (“agency” closings), FAQ #7 (“Frequently Asked Question” regarding out-of-state attorneys filing deeds in South Carolina), and 06-11 (“mailaway” closings where attorney represents only seller);
  • Featured speaker, by invitation of South Carolina Bar, on “Ethical Considerations in Real Estate Transactions,” Commercial Real Estate Update Continuing Legal Education Seminar, S.C. Bar, December 14, 2007.
  • South Carolina licensed real estate broker


North Carolina, South Carolina (Rule 403 Certified)

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