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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.
Morris Ellison's practice includes commercial real estate transactions, commercial litigation and banking law. He represents local, national and international investors, lenders, and real estate developers in the development, financing and disposition of commercial properties and other assets. Mr. Ellison 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, entity disputes and structuring and complex foreclosures and workouts.
Mr. Ellison is a fellow in both the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. Currently, he is the only attorney in South Carolina to be named to the American Property Tax Counsel. He is also past-president of the Real Estate Practices Council of the South Carolina Bar.
Mr. Ellison received his B.A. degree magna cum laude from Yale University in 1979 and his J.D. degree from Duke University in 1982 where he served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Duke Law Journal. After graduation, Mr. Ellison served as a law clerk to the Honorable James C. Hill, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from 1982 to 1983.
Author, “S.C. – Israeli partnership a winner for both sides,” The State, January 22, 2014
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.
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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