Ed received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in 1968 and graduated magna cum laude (first honor graduate) from the USC School of Law in 1971, where he served as Chief Justice of the Order of Wig and Robe and Notes Editor and Leading Articles Editor of the South Carolina Law Review. Past Chairman of the Building Committee of the South Carolina Bar, he has also served as the Chairman of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee of the South Carolina Bar and the South Carolina Liaison for the State Regulation of Securities Committee of the American Bar Association. Ed is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (Speaker at 2009 Annual Meeting). Over the years, Ed has been involved in many high profile corporate transactions, including serving as lead counsel in recent asset sales aggregating more than $300,000,000. He has also participated in numerous securities transactions, including public offerings for companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange and private placements of real estate securities of many varieties. He has also recently served as primary disclosure counsel for a New York investment banking firm in transactions totaling more that $200,000,000. Ed has also served as lead counsel in numerous major public/private real estate projects over the years, including Innovista (the Research Campus of the University of South Carolina), the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, the South Carolina State Museum and the Palmetto Center in Columbia, South Carolina. Ed has been active in the development and leasing of over 2,000,000 square feet of Class A office space and parking facilities throughout North and South Carolina and over 500,000 square feet of medical office facilities, numerous resort condominium and second home developments and more that 20 golf related transactions. Additional real estate activities include representation of institutional clients in the purchase of more than 200,000 acres of timberlands; and the creation of major conservation areas, including over 50,000 acres made available to the State of South Carolina and the U.S. Forestry Service in northwestern South Carolina by Duke Energy to preserve Jocassee Gorges, and the 10,000 acre Bridgestone Firestone Centennial Wilderness in central Tennessee.
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