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He has more than 30 years’ experience in handling complex commercial real estate transactions. He is also experienced in handling zoning and land use matters for developer clients and in representing banks and institutional lenders in all aspects of real estate lending.
W. Foster Gaillard’s practice focuses on complex commercial real estate transactions, real estate lending and business law. He has extensive experience in representing corporate and individual clients in all aspects of real estate law, including contract negotiations, zoning and land use issues, financing, regulatory matters and closing the transaction. Foster’s clients include owners and developers of hotels, shopping centers, office buildings, warehouses industrial facilities, apartment complexes, hotels, retail and mixed use developments, and condominium and planned unit developments. His practice also includes the representation of various banks and other institutional lenders in all aspects of real estate lending and asset-based financing. Foster also handles economic development incentive work for new and expanding businesses.
Foster received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University in 1970 and his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1973. Foster is a member of the Real Estate Practices Section of the South Carolina Bar and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. Foster served as the Chair of the Real Estate Practices Section of the South Carolina Bar in 2001-2002 and served as Chairman of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the South Carolina Real Estate Practices Section in 1995. Foster is a past member of the South Carolina Bar Professional Responsibility Committee and is a past member of the South Carolina Bar Ethics Advisory Committee. He is a former member of the Books/Media Committee and a former member of the Foreclosure and Related Remedies Subcommittee of the American Bar Association and co-authored a summary of South Carolina foreclosure law for the American Bar Association publication entitled, “Foreclosure Law and Related Remedies: A State by State Digest” (ABA, 1995).
Foster is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and served on ACREL’s Board of Governors from 2011-2013. He is the past chair of ACREL’s Common Interest Ownership Committee and previously served as a member of ACREL’s Membership Selection Committee. Foster also serves on ACREL’s Hotel, Resort & Hospitality Committee. Foster is listed in the current editions of Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America© 2015, South Carolina Super Lawyers, and The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (Real Estate), and was named “Charleston Real Estate Lawyer of the Year” for 2009 by Best Lawyers in America. Foster is a past member of the House of Delegates of the South Carolina Bar and a past President of the Charleston Young Lawyers Club. Foster served as a member of the City Council of the City of Charleston for twelve years and served as Mayor Pro-Tempore of the City of Charleston in 1984. He is very active in the community and serves on numerous local boards and commissions.
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