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 since 1983 to my wonderful and supportive husband, Bill Pace. We have one son, Nick Pace, a graduate of Nation Ford High School and Stetson University in DeLand, Florida with a B.A. in Marketing. 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
- AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 – Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating
- “2016 SC Leadership in Law,” South Carolina Lawyers Weekly, March, 2016
- “The Outreach Award,” CREW Charlotte Excellence Awards, December, 2016
- “CREW Network Foundation Women of Vision” – CREW Network Foundation, September, 2015
- “The President’s Volunteer Service Award (Silver)” – U.S. Green Building Council, in partnership with the Corporation for National & Community Service, June, 2015
- “SC Pro Bono Honor Roll” (2010-2016)
- “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
North Carolina (1983); United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina (1983)
South Carolina (1985); United States District Court, District of South Carolina (1987)
Ohio (1979, inactive)
Founding Attorney and LEED AP | Nancy Olah Law. September 2009 – present. My solo law practice gives me an opportunity to personally serve my clients on a cost-effective basis. I believe in adding value and look for creative ways to solve complex issues. I provide practical, business-focused legal advice on commercial real estate and business law transactions, with an emphasis on developers, the construction industry, and design professionals working on sustainable projects in the Carolinas. My practice areas also include commercial contracts, helping business owners buy, sell, and merge businesses, start-ups, and non-profits.
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.
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.