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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.
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, “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,” ,published in 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
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 Culture 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, 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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