I’m Not Your Typical Attorney
When you hear the word “Attorney” – what image comes to mind? Probably not one underwater in scuba gear. That’s me in the middle.
For many people the word Attorney conjures up the picture of an arrogant guy in an expensive suit arguing with someone in court, or talking down to his client using confusing legal jargon, or pounding his fist on a table.
That’s not me.
Although I have over 35 years of experience, many people who meet me never suspect that I’m an attorney. Maybe that’s because many people think attorneys are intimidating, cold, and unapproachable.
That’s not me.
I practice law in a different way.
I genuinely want to connect with my clients, understand your business needs, and give you practical advice to solve your legal problems.
My advice is based on solid knowledge of the law, and is always structured to produce a “win/win” outcome that benefits all parties. I don’t believe in fighting and don’t handle litigation. I believe in working out collaborative solutions and am skilled at developing alternative resolutions to challenging problems that don’t easily respond to simple fixes.
I keep my rates reasonable because I don’t have a big fancy office with high overhead. I’m a virtual attorney and work from my home office. If you want to meet with me in person, I’m always willing to schedule meetings at your office, a coffee shop or restaurant, or somewhere else that will allow appropriate privacy to discuss your legal needs.
Getting to Know Me
I’ve been married for 31 years to my wonderful and supportive husband, Bill Pace. We have one son, Nick Pace, a graduate of Nation Ford High School and currently a rising senior at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. We moved to Fort Mill in 1998 and play an active role in our community.
I’m also an accomplished cook and am the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Fool a Carnivore (Fool a Carnivore). I love reading, gardening, traveling, swimming, and dancing. I play piano at 8 am mass for Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. My favorite thing to do in the whole wide world is to scuba dive with Bill and Nick. Now you get the scuba picture!
- LEED® AP – LEED® Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the Green Building Certification Institute
- South Carolina licensed title insurance agent
- AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 – Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating
- “2014 NC Leaders in Law,” North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, August 2014
- “Mecklenburg Times 50 Most Influential Women,” Charlotte, April 2014
- “The Outreach Award,” CREW Charlotte, December 2013.
- “ATHENA Leadership Award – Corporate,” ATHENA International – Charlotte, October, 2013.
- “Networker of the Year Award,” CREW Charlotte, December, 2010.
- “Most Influential Committee Award,” CREW Charlotte, December, 2006.
- “Economic Impact Award,” CREW Charlotte, December, 2006.
- “Economic Impact Award,” CREW Network, October, 2006.
- “Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Service,” Maryland Special Olympics, 1997.
- “Golden Hard Hat Service Award,” Construction Division, Maryland Insurance Group, 1995.
- “Golden Hard Hat Service Award,” Construction Division, Maryland Insurance Group, 1994
University of Michigan Law School (Ann Arbor, Michigan): J.D., cum laude, 1978
Senior Trial Advocacy Award from International Academy of Trial Lawyers; American Jurisprudence Award in Conflicts of Law; completed law school in an accelerated twenty-six month program.
Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio): B.A., Government, 1976
Counsel and LEED AP | Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP. September 2000 – May 2014. Providing legal advice to developers in the creation of mixed-use developments, business and industrial parks, townhome and condominium projects, resorts, hotels and golf course communities; interstate land sales full disclosure act comliance; commercial leasing (representing both landlords and tenants for office, retail and industrial properties); sustainable development (LEED AP); advising developers seeking LEED certification for their commercial, mixed-use, office, or condominium projects; drafting and negotiating complex development agreements, ground leases, construction management agreements; loan workouts and asset restructuring; easements and right of way agreements; joint venture agreements; business transactions.
Chapter Steering Committee | U.S. Green Building Council. April 2014 – present. The Chapter Steering Committee (CSC) is an integrated group of chapter community leaders charged with providing USGBC with relevant expertise, stakeholder perspectives, market intelligence, best practices, lessons learned, innovation and vision to strengthen and empower USGBC’s chapter community in accordance with the USGBC Mission, Guiding Principles, and Strategic Plan goals. The CSC is charged with developing chapter-related policies and procedures and providing feedback and recommendations from the chapter community to the USGBC Board of Directors.
Representative from USGBC North Carolina | USGBC Southeast. September 2013 – present. USGBC Southeast it is the entity formerly known as SERC (Southeast Regional Committee). USGBC Southeast is a regional coalition of 11 chapters in 9 states. Chapter leaders from across the southeast are working together to achieve a common vision of sustainable buildings for all within a generation.
Member Board of the Directors| USGBC North Carolina. January 2014 – present. USGBC North Carolina Chapter represents the merger of three USGBC Chapters in North Carolina – the Charlotte Region Chapter, the Piedmont/Triad Chapter, and the Triangle Chapter. With a state-wide reach, we believe that we can provide more value to our members, donors, and corporate partners, and bring our message to a broader and more diverse audience. We are the go-to resource in North Carolina to green our schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods!
Secretary Board of the Directors| USGBC North Carolina. January 2013 – December 2013. USGBC North Carolina Chapter represents the merger of three USGBC Chapters in North Carolina – the Charlotte Region Chapter, the Piedmont/Triad Chapter, and the Triangle Chapter. With a state-wide reach, we believe that we can provide more value to our members, donors, and corporate partners, and bring our message to a broader and more diverse audience. We are the go-to resource in North Carolina to green our schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods!
. As the last Chair of the Charlotte Region Chapter in the year before our merger, I led the strategic direction of this dynamic 600 member chapter. Our mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated through education, promotion, and advocacy of sustainable practices. Our tag line is Build Green, Teach Green, Live Green.
Board Member | Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte. January 2003- December 2009. Served as Secretary, Vice-President, and Chair of the Nominating Committee. Member of the Executive Committee for four years. Still currently serving as a member of the Nominating Committee.
Special Counsel | Kennedy Covington (now known as K & L Gates). June 1997-July 2000. Commercial real estate development, leasing, and financing; creation of master planned communities, condominium and townhomes; development of mixed use projects, retail and shopping centers, business and industrial parks; development agreements; title insurance.
Special Counsel | F & G Life. April 1996 – March 1997. Agency relationships, contracts, business transactions; information technology; securities broker/dealer issues; structured settlements; development of new marketing channels; banking agreements and investment issues. Researched and coordinated new program to accept credit cards for premium payments.
Vice President and Associate General Counsel | Maryland Casualty Company. January 1992 – April 1996. Head of the Business Department within the Law Department, handling all contracts, business transactions, agency relationships, real estate, information technology, and intellectual property matters. Drafted new agency agreement, incentive agreement, agency administration manual and presented field managers seminar to roll-out both agreements and streamline implementation of the re-contracting process with the entire independent agency force. Drafted special group program agreements, large deductible agreements, dividend plans, retro agreements, third party administrator agreements, reinsurance treaties, preferred provider agreements, claims handling agreements, underwriting authority agreements, loss control services agreements, surety bonds. Established legal bill auditing program for Claims Division. Drafted and negotiated strategic partnership to develop customized insurance processing and operating system. Provided legal support for Real Estate Department and seventy-five field offices. Coordinated successful property tax appeals on company’s home office property in Baltimore and its Atlanta office building.
Counsel; Assistant Corporate Secretary; Managing Counsel/Corporate Secretary | Royal Indemnity Company. December 1988 – December 1991. Handled all contracts, business transactions, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and reinsurance treaties. Successfully drafted, negotiated and closed $90 million stock transaction, completely in-house. Coordinated commercial real estate leasing for ninety locations. Insurance and regulatory responsibility for southeast region. Corporate Secretary for twenty-five companies.
Associate; Senior Associate | Cannon & Blair, P.A. (now Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP). January 1986 – December 1988. Commercial real estate, interstate land sales, master planned communities, bankruptcy, workouts, foreclosures, condemnation, title insurance, environmental law, secured transactions, mergers and acquisitions.
Staff Attorney; Counsel and Assistant Secretary | The Hilton Head Company. June 1984 – October 1985. Construction and development, commercial and residential closings, interstate land sales, marketing, brokerage, finance, letters of credit, and corporate secretarial responsibilities.
Counsel | Korf Industries, Inc. January 1981 – February 1983. Coordinated environmental and OSHA compliance for all subsidiaries; litigation management; corporate acquisitions, commercial leasing, financing and secured transactions; technology licensing agreements for MIDREX, Korf’s engineering subsidiary.
Associate| Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. November 1978 – December 1980. Litigation Department, with concentration in environmental and labor law.