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Overview

With a robust real estate portfolio that comprises more than 30 years of legal work, Ron tackles the legal challenges of his clients from many dimensions.

He is a trusted counselor in sophisticated real estate transactions that carry through a property’s entire life cycle. He advises developers and investors in acquisition, sale, financing, operation and disposition of real property, along with title-related matters, surveys, preparation of leases, easements, restrictions and covenants. His property representations have included commercial developments, office buildings and space and ground leases. Ron has experience in: 

  • Representing one of the largest real estate trust shopping mall developers in the country. 
  • Serving as lead attorney for purchase, sale, development, redevelopment and expansion of large enclosed malls, neighborhood shopping centers and office buildings. 
  • Negotiating purchase and sale agreements and ground leases for shopping center peripheral land transactions. 
  • Handling sales of property, lease negotiations and easements for industrial properties.

Before entering law practice, he was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers In America, Real Estate Law, 2010-2019
  • Chambers USA, Real Estate Law, 2012-2018 
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Real Estate, 2010-2017

Education

  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School
  • B.A., Vanderbilt University

Admissions

  • Tennessee

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Chattanooga Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Real Estate Section
Experience
  • Lead attorney for publicly traded real estate investment trust in acquisitions and dispositions of shopping centers totaling nearly $750 million in 2012-2015.
  • Lead attorney for publicly traded real estate investment trust in the near $200 million acquisition of Mayfaire Centers in North Carolina.
  • Assisted a shopping mall developer in the purchase of two enclosed malls in North Dakota.
  • Lead attorney for the negotiation of title insurance policies with a major underwriter for the purchaser of 21 enclosed shopping malls.
  • Lead attorney in negotiations for purchase and sale of multiple retail developments.
  • Represented a nonprofit organization in connection with transforming an existing commercial building in the riverfront area of downtown Chattanooga, Tenn., and build-out of the facility.
  • Represented major life insurer in loan and real estate transactions in Tennessee.
Community Leadership
  • Vanderbilt Law School, Board of Advisors, 2006-2015