Brent Torstrick Wins Statewide Award for Pro Bono Efforts



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March 27, 2019

Brent A. Torstrick is the 2019 recipient of the William Thorp Pro Bono Service Award. Given by the North Carolina Bar Association, this statewide honor recognizes an attorney that has provided ongoing, substantial legal services without charge to a client who could otherwise not afford counsel.

Torstrick has advised multiple community organization leaders on their physical infrastructure needs, setting off a rippling impact that touches thousands of people as these nonprofits leverage what they are able to do for clients in tremendous ways. As part of his recent efforts, Torstrick represented the Council for Children's Rights in converting a donation of four undevelopable lots into real income for the nonprofit organization.

"It is not often that real estate skills can turn directly into support for children trying to overcome obstacles and find a better path for a brighter future," said Bob Simmons, executive director of CFCR. "Brent brought his knowledge, ability and efforts to bear for that purpose and led us through with the comfort of confidence."

In addition, Torstrick recently guided the Men's Shelter of Charlotte through all the legal hurdles involved in the major, much-needed renovation of its flagship campus in uptown Charlotte, and he is now doing the same for the Shelter's secondary campus.

"On behalf of the nearly 2,000 men who will spend the night in our shelter this year, we are deeply grateful for Brent's generosity," said Men's Shelter Executive Director Liz Clasen-Kelly. "With Brent's help, our shelter now reminds our guests not that they have hit bottom, but that they are at the start of a new beginning." 

At Robinson Bradshaw, Torstrick's practice includes all aspects of commercial real estate development. He has particular proficiency in the planning, development, leasing, financing and disposition of shopping centers, as well as the structuring of condominium projects, especially in mixed-use developments. Torstrick is a North Carolina board certified specialist in real property law. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia after graduating summa cum laude from Duke University.

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