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He has nearly three decades of experience in commercial real estate law. Morris also is a leader of Womble Carlyle’s Israel Practice.
Recent article: How Big Data, Mobility Impact Property Values
Morris Ellison's practice includes commercial real estate transactions, economic development commercial litigation and counseling startup and mature knowledge based companies. He represents local, national and international investors, lenders, and real estate developers in the development, financing and disposition of commercial properties and other assets. He has experience in a variety of complex real estate and business related issues including the development of several mixed-use projects, real property tax appeals, hotel development, complex foreclosures and workouts, entity disputes and structuring.
Mr. Ellison also counsels startup and mature knowledge based companies and has worked extensively with entrepreneurs and companies, particularly knowledge based companies.
Mr. Ellison counsels companies on zoning, ad valorem tax and economic development issues. He works with companies to create ideal structures before a deal is signed and helps businesses address ongoing ad valorem tax issues.
In addition, Mr. Ellison assists international companies who do (or wish to do) business in South Carolina, as well as South Carolina businesses as they engage in international markets. He has a particular focus on the Israeli market, as he leads Womble Carlyle’s Israel Team. Mr. Ellison has been part of South Carolina’s trade mission delegation to Israel each year since 2011.
Author, "Sounding the Alarm on Code Compliance Costs," Real Estate Forum, October 2016
Author, "Smartphones, Showrooming Impact Costs," (PDF version), Southeast Real Estate Business, May 2016
Author, "Beware The Costs of Hidden Capital," Southeast Real Estate Business, December 2015
Author, "Custom-Built Carrots: Attracting Growth Firms Calls for Smart Incentives", Commercial Property Executive, July 2015.
Author, "Reducing Hotel Property Taxes By Properly Valuing Intangible Assets", Hotel News Resource, January 16, 2015
Author, "Accounting For E-commerce In Retail Property Values"," Shopping Center Business, June 2014 .
Author, "S.C. – Israeli partnership a winner for both sides," The State, January 22, 2014.
Author, "Purchase Price Allocation in Real Estate Transactions: Does A + B + C Always Equal Value?," The American College of Real Estate Lawyers, The ACREL Papers, Spring 2013.
Author, "South Carolina Taxpayers Play 'Dating Game'," Southeast Real Estate Business, December 2013.
Author, “Intangible Value of Real Estate Loans a Key Factor,” Palmetto Bankers, Spring 2013.
Author, “Building Value: How to Save Money by Allocating Prices in Real Estate Transactions,” Commercial Property Executive, December 2012.
Co-Author, “Smart Hotel Owners Turn Eroding Property Values Into Tax Advantages,” National Real Estate Investor, September 2010.
Morris A. Ellison and William T. Dawson, South Carolina Property Tax Update, AMERICAN PROPERTY TAX COUNSEL NATIONAL PROPERTY TAX UPDATE, September 2009.
Author, "Tis Better to Receive- The Use of a Receiver in Managing Distressed Real Estate", The American College of Real Estate Lawyers, The ACREL Papers, Fall 2009.
Author, "Shell Games Tenants Play: Guaranties, Letters of Credit and Special Purpose Entities", The American College of Real Estate Lawyers, The ACREL Papers, Spring 2007.
Mobilizing the Future: Breakthrough Innovations and Top Trends in Transportation, and What They Mean for Consumers & Regulatory Agencies. DIG South Innovation Conference, Charleston, SC, April 2017
Mobility Revolution: Connected Vehicles and SMART Cities, South Carolina Automotive Summit, Greenville, SC, February 2017
South Carolina: Building a Transportation Innovation Center, South Carolina Israel Collaboration, 6th Annual Business & Research Delegation to Israel, January 2017
Discovering the Secret: Securing funding through grants, incentives and the recently signed South Carolina-Israel Collaboration Agreement and Innovations and Opportunities in Aerospace and Automotive, Moderator, Globes Conference, Tel Aviv, Israel, December 2013
Understanding Valuations of Real Estate: Using Component Analysis To Split the Pie, The American Law Institute, Webcast, September 2013
Tools for the Real Estate Investor in the U.S., Israel-American Chamber of Commerce, Tel Aviv, Israel, July 2013
EB-5 Financing, South Carolina Economic Development Seminar, Columbia, SC, April 2013
Valuation Issues for Self Storage Professionals; and you thought getting financing used to be taxing, Florida Self Storage Association, Orlando, FL, March 2013
Purchase Price Allocation in Real Estate Transactions: Does A + B + C Always Equal Value?, American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), Naples, FL, March 2013
Distinguishing Real Property Value, Personal Property Value and Intangible Value, South Carolina Bankers Association, Columbia, SC, October 2012
When is it Better to Receive than to Give? The Use of Receiverships for Distressed Hotel and Common Interest Development Projects, ABA Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Spring Symposia, New York, New York, May 2012
Improving the Bottom Line: Tax Reassessment Appeals for Hotels©, Hospitality Law Conference, Houston, Texas, February 2010
Co-Presenter, ‘Tis Better to Receive- The Use of a Receiver in Managing Distressed Real Estate, Continuing Professional Education Proceedings of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), Washington, DC, October 2009
South Carolina Update, American Property Tax Counsel Seminar, November 2008
Shell Games Tenants Play: Guaranties, Letters of Credit and Special Purpose Entities, American College of Real Estate Lawyers San Diego, California, March 2007
Dockominium Development, STAR (Stewart Title Attorney Referral) Network Conference, Houston, Texas, November 2007
Dockominium Development and Structuring, Hospitality Law Conference, Houston, Texas, February 2007
Land Use and Zoning Team
Global Business Group
Global Business: Israel
Property Tax Appeals
Prior Legal Experience
Law Clerk to the Honorable James C. Hill, Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Atlanta, Georgia, 1982-1983.
Real Estate and Business Transactions
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