Nellie has driven the legal aspects of a diverse mix of commercial real estate projects in more than 25 years of practicing law. Her projects have included the acquisition and development of raw land into wide-ranging uses, including mixed-use, single-family and multi-family developments; office buildings and office parks; manufacturing facilities and industrial parks; health care facilities; and shopping centers. She has also advised and counselled clients with their investment in and redevelopment of the built environment. For the last ten years, her real estate practice has also included assisting clients with economic development issues including site selection, incentives and other competitive programs.
Nellie brings to every deal the unique ability to see details as well as the whole picture, understanding the role that the real estate aspects of a project play both within that project and within the framework in which the project itself exists. She tailors her guidance and legal representation according to each client’s needs and goals and the circumstances of the developments in which they are involved. She enjoys helping clients identify and manage risks, challenges and opportunities to successful outcomes. Nellie also understands the pivot that is sometimes required when new approaches to or concerns about real estate development and use arise.
Nellie has a long history of active community and civic engagement. She has consistently acted on her belief that knowing more about what can be accomplished through better real estate development and use patterns can be impactful. As one of the first lawyers in North Carolina to have earned USGBC’s LEED accreditation in 2008, she has particularly attended to the effect of the built environment on its occupants and surroundings. She enjoys bringing perspectives from her varied activities and resulting spheres of understanding and experience to the service of her interest in social justice and health and well-being.