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She is a commercial real estate lawyer and one of the first attorneys in North Carolina to earn the LEED Professional Accreditation for sustainable construction. Nellie leads Womble Carlyle’s Sustainable Practices industry team.
Nellie represents parties in the acquisition (owned or leased), financing, entitlement, development, re-development, operation, and disposition of real property throughout North America, including projects involving corporate expansions, relocations and acquisitions, mixed-use developments and multi-family developments/apartments. She represents corporations, developers, investors, lenders and governmental entities with commercial real estate interests in the United States. In 2008, Nellie earned the LEED AP accreditation, the leading professional credentialization in sustainable construction and development. She was one of the earliest attorneys in North Carolina to earn the accreditation, and she did so to be more effective in helping clients make innovative uses of their land.
Nellie’s typical projects involve managing teams of lawyers and operations personnel to efficient acquisition, development, and disposition of real estate. Her projects include various forms of financing, including seller financing, economic incentives, and public-private partnerships; addressing various land use issues including entitlements, governmental approvals, vested rights and development agreements; and overseeing real property assets, including the preparation of purchase and sale agreements, due diligence, easement agreements (including conservation easements), leases and subleases, re-finances, loan modifications and work-outs (including dispositions through foreclosure or bankruptcy proceedings), declarations, restrictive covenants, property owner association and condominium documentation.
Nellie helps clients maximize the benefits of their real estate investments with thoughtful and contextualized legal advice and consultation. Her practice is relationship-driven and is characterized by her pragmatic, collaborative, and strategic approach to helping clients identify and achieve their project goals, take advantage of real estate opportunities and prevent and solve real estate problems. She helps owners and potential owners (including developers, corporations and lenders) in today’s market evaluate options and negotiate and effectuate deals. Nellie’s clients will tell you that she helps them reach for the stars while keeping their feet on the ground, without dragging the deal under.
“The Multigenerational Impact on CRE: Dealing with a Barbell Makes the Heavy Lifting Easier,” Newsletter of the CREW Network, August 2015 (with Sarah Core)
“Bringing Downtown to the Suburbs: Revitalizing North America’s Office Parks,” Newsletter of the CREW Network, March 2014
“Effects of Technology on Commercial Real Estate,” Newsletter of CREW Network, August 2013 (with Beverly Keith)
“Mitigating Circumstances You Can Bank On,” Triangle Business Journal, October 30, 2009 (with Anna Pond McLamb)
“When It Comes to Zoning, Cary Puts It Online,” Triangle Business Journal, February 1, 2008 (with Anna Pond McLamb)
“Adult living brings new dimension to economy,” Triangle Business Journal, July 27, 2007 (with Anna Pond McLamb)
“Freeze! Moratoriums are Popular, But are They Proper?” Triangle Business Journal, December 8, 2006 (with Anna Pond McLamb)
“Inconvenient or Not, Truth is Green has Made Inroads,” Triangle Business Journal, Space quarterly insert, July 28, 2006 (with Anna Pond McLamb?
Moderator, Southeast Multifamily Forum, Marcus & Millichap/IPA, Atlanta, GA, March 9, 2016
Panelist, Business Leaders and What’s Important in 2014”, CoreNet Global, Carolinas Chapter, Raleigh, NC, March 6, 2014
Panelist, Understanding North Carolina’s New Lien Laws, Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women, Raleigh, NC, October 2, 2013
Land Use and Zoning Team
Multifamily Real Estate
Prior Legal Experience
Summer Associate, City of Austin Legal Department, Austin, Texas, May 1992-August 1992; Summer Associate, Baker & Botts, Austin, Texas, June 1993-July 1993; Summer Associate, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, Raleigh, NC, July 1993-August 1993.
Prior Business Experience
Technical Consultant, ZS Associates, Evanston, IL, 1987-1991
Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.
Recent representative projects include multiple simultaneous dispositions of a portfolio of real estate assets in western North America, various concurrent lease negotiations throughout North America in connection with a major corporate business line acquisition, acquisitions of assemblages of land from multiple parties (in one case to be developed into a residential community and in another case to be developed into a corporate regional headquarter and distribution center), and a downtown apartment development project with a plethora of applicable governing documents. Typical successful representations include imposing order on chaos to achieve client goals.
Specific real estate experience includes: