born Orangeburg, South Carolina, November 22, 1955; admitted to bar 1982, South Carolina.
Education: Clemson University (B.S., 1978); University of South Carolina (J.D., 1982).
Member: South Carolina Bar, Spartanburg County Bar Association, American Bar Association.
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General Biographical Sketch
A member of Clemson University’s class of 1978, Randy, as he’s known to family and friends, joined the firm as an associate in 1989 having served after graduation from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1982 as an associate in the respected firm of the late Sen. L. Marion Gressette in his hometown of St. Matthews, South Carolina. Randy’s practice focuses on business transactions and both residential and commercial real transactions, including real estate and commercial development, creation of business entities, financing, leasing and the acquisition and sale of businesses. He has represented clients ranging from small sole proprietorships to large publicly traded corporations and handled the acquisition, financing and development of real estate properties ranging from multi-million dollar hotels and vast multi-jurisdictional tracts of timber lands to small, build-to-suit projects for neighborhood businesses. He has even assisted business clients in drafting legislation enacted for the protection of franchisees, and is an agent for First American Title Insurance Company and for Chicago Title Insurance Company.
A substantial portion of Randy’s early practice with the firm was negotiating and drafting commercial leases on properties all over the southeast for a franchisee of a major video store chain, as well as the acquisition and development of company owned properties in many of those states. Randy also assisted the client as it acquired the stock or assets of other franchisees from northern Virginia to Oregon until finally becoming the largest franchisee in the chain. He also provided assistance when in 1993 the client was acquired by the franchisor and for several years thereafter continued as regional counsel to the franchisor. Since 1993 he has also been real estate counsel to several other public and private companies involved in the development of commercial real estate properties all across the country, primarily in the hotel industry and in the development of retail storefronts. Randy estimates that he has reviewed and advised clients on well over 3,000 commercial leases since joining the firm, primarily from the tenant’s point of view but also from the landlord’s vantage, and has been involved with the acquisition and development of more than 250 hotel properties. He assists clients in all aspects of commercial leasing, from the development of guidelines for use by the clients’ real estate departments in negotiating leases to advising clients with their problem leases. He also uses his knowledge of real estate and financing to assist the firm’s litigators with foreclosure matters, including the prosecution of foreclosure actions on behalf of our banking clients.