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South Carolina

Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., with high honors, 1999, Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, North Carolina Law Review, 1997-99

Duke University, B.A., 1995

Profile

Will Packard's practice focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate. His breadth of experience representing developers, lenders and owners of commercial real estate allows him to craft pragmatic legal advice for clients in order to get deals closed.

As chair of the firm's Real Estate Department, Will regularly represents developer clients in the development, acquisition, disposition and financing of commercial real estate, with particular emphasis on retail, industrial and golf course projects. His representation of developers has also included significant work involving bankruptcy laws related to real estate.

Will represents lenders in connection with acquisition and construction loans on a variety of projects secured by real estate as well as workouts of such loans. He often acts as local counsel in connection with out-of-state lender loans secured by North Carolina and South Carolina projects.

Will’s practice also includes representing commercial landlords and tenants in the preparation and negotiation of leases for office, retail and industrial facilities, including ground leases. His diverse background in leasing has given him a good understanding of what can be expected in negotiations in order to efficiently finalize leases for clients.

Honors & Awards

  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, 2009
  • North Carolina Super Lawyersreal estate, 2011-13; North Carolina Rising Star, 2009-10
  • Charlotte Business Journal, Charlotte’s Forty Under 40, 2008

Experience

Experience

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Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Real Property Law: Business, Commercial and Industrial Transactions
  • South Carolina State Bar, Real Estate Section
  • North Carolina State Bar, Real Property Section
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Real Property Section  
  • American Bar Association, Real Property Section

Community Affiliations

  • A Child's Place, Board of Directors, 2004-11, President, 2008-09; Chair, Governance Committee, 2007-09 
  • Children and Family Services Center, Board of Directors, 2004-14; President 2012-13; Vice President 2011-12; Secretary, 2009-11; Chair, Real Estate Committee, 2006-08 and 2013-present; Chair, Governance Committee, 2009-12
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute, Class of 2004
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