I provide business focused legal advice to design professionals and the construction industry throughout the Carolinas. I’m a LEED® Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the Green Building Certification Institute.
This accreditation is awarded to professionals demonstrating a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles of the LEED Rating system. This credential is fairly unusual among attorneys, with approximately 65 attorneys in the Carolinas currently having this type of accreditation.
Since I’m a practicing lawyer in both states, I’m one of the few attorneys who can practice throughout the Carolinas with a LEED® AP credential. My pursuit and maintenance of this credential demonstrates my commitment to sustainable development. My clients in the design and construction industry value my experience as a LEED AP and appreciate my ability to speak the same language as their integrated project team.
My experience in sustainable development dates back to the early 1980’s when I worked for The Hilton Head Company on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The Hilton Head Company prided itself on creating environmentally sensitive residential and commercial projects before the term “sustainability” was even in our vocabulary. I worked with the company’s Construction Division handling a wide variety of construction issues, including scheduling disputes, delay claims, design and construction defect issues, payment and performance bonds, contract disputes, and lien claims.
I continued my interest in construction law as Assistant General Counsel for The Maryland Insurance Group, where the Construction Division was one of my largest internal clients. I expanded my knowledge base by dealing with larger infrastructure projects involving bridges and highways, and helped develop a program to strengthen the company’s relationship with national home builders association. My construction clients appreciated my knowledge and dedication and recognized my outstanding service with the Golden Hard Hat Award two years in a row.
Since then, I’ve become very active in the United States Green Building Council. My law firm is a national member company of USGBC, and I am personally a member of U.S. Green Building Council North Carolina Chapter. I serve on the Board of the North Carolina Chapter, as well as the Charlotte branch board. I am also the North Carolina representative to USGBC Southeast, a coalition of eleven chapters across the Southeast. Our new tag line is Many Chapters – One Vision and I think that sums things up pretty well! I also serve on the national Chapter Steering Committee in the Development seat, and am a past Chair of USGBC Charlotte Region Chapter. So besides having my LEED AP credential, I am very involved with the organization that is doing the most to promote sustainable building practices.
Here are a few of the things that I’ve done in my sustainable law practice area:
- Currently representing developer of net-zero waste, net-zero energy mixed-use planned community
- Handled formation of air-rights condominium project, designed to LEED Gold standard
- Developed feedstock supply agreements for poly-generation renewable energy plant
- Drafted rooftop solar panel lease agreements
- Drafted covenants for planned communities based on smart growth traditional neighborhood design principles
- Drafted development agreements for renewable energy project
- Advise clients about alternative methods for achieving and documenting various LEED credits
- Help clients maximize productivity through integrated project delivery