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Honors & Awards
- Kentucky Super Lawyer, Rising Star, 2017-2018 (Real Estate)
University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, KY, J.D., May 2011
Transylvania University, Lexington, KY, B.A. Political Science, May 2008, Cum Laude
I started my career with McBrayer working as an office runner while attending Transylvania University. After clerking in both the real estate department and general litigation department during my time at the University of Kentucky College of Law, I left the firm upon graduating to work elsewhere before returning two years later and have remained here ever since. I am proud to have spent the majority of my practicing years at McBrayer, watching the firm grow and, as we grow, appreciating the strong sense of dedication our firm has instilled in me and my colleagues to the clients we serve and the Lexington community as a whole. Our firm has the depth and capabilities of a large firm to address any legal issue that may arise in any transaction or dispute, but has retained the small firm ability and desire to put a strong emphasis on client relationships—two main reasons I have chosen to make my career here.
My practice area focuses on residential and commercial real estate. McBrayer has one of the largest real estate practice groups in Kentucky, consisting of an experienced team of attorneys equipped to handle any real estate transaction. Our practice group was built on the strong relationships our firm has with both local and national lenders and developers, many of which date back to when McBrayer opened its doors in 1963.
In my practice, I primarily work with individual and corporate clients on real property acquisition and with local and national lenders on financing real property acquisition. I work diligently with my clients from contract negotiation and preparation to the time when they are seated at the closing table and signing on the dotted line. In addition to contract documentation, my work includes title examination and clearing title issues, title insurance, drafting of deeds, closing statements and any other closing documentation, commercial loan document preparation, lease negotiation and preparation, and navigating all other issues that may arise in in the process of getting a real estate transaction to the closing table.
Many times people will only come in contact with a real estate attorney when they arrive for a closing, whether that be for the purchase of a home, business, or investment property. Most of my work goes on behind the scenes, working throughout the transaction to ensure that when people take their seats at a closing table all of the legal issues have been addressed and resolved. It is only when things go wrong or issues arise during the process that a purchaser or seller of a property may reach out to us prior to a closing. At McBrayer, we pride on ourselves on keeping those issues at bay and when we do come together for closing, making sure our clients feel confident that all the issues have been thoroughly addressed and that the transaction is legally sound.
The thing I enjoy most about my practice is the large variety of people I come into contact with every day. I may work on a closing for a ten thousand dollar piece of property or a ten million dollar piece of property, and I truly take pleasure in meeting everyone in between, along with the challenges and nuances that arise in these very different types of transactions. In the past year I have handled over 500 residential real estate transactions for individuals and lenders, as well as numerous commercial transactions including the $1.2 million dollar acquisition and financing of a 100 acre campground, a $13.5 million dollar acquisition and construction financing project for a large corporate client, and the multi-million dollar acquisition of an office building involving a condominium regime termination and restructuring, among many others.
A very important part of my practice is an emphasis on client relationships—I take pride in serving my clients in transaction after transaction and my ability to address other legal needs through colleagues in our firm that may arise during each deal. Through communication and efficiency, I strive to make my clients comfortable in contacting me for any of their legal needs, real estate related or not. I’m confident that is what sets me and McBrayer apart, and why clients have built relationships with our firm over the last 50 years.
Prior to joining McBrayer I practiced at Fogle Keller Purdy PLLC as an Associate from 2011-2013. In addition to handling real estate matters, I assisted in the areas of workers’ compensation defense, insurance defense, and federal black lung litigation.
Transylvania University Young Alumni Council, 2017-Present
Step by Step, Inc., Board of Directors, 2016-Present
Leadership Lexington Alumni Association, Steering Committee, 2015-Present
Leadership Lexington Youth Program, Steering Committee, 2015-Present
Friends of the Bluegrass Land Conservancy, Fundraising Committee, 2014-Present
Commerce Lexington-Leadership Lexington Program, Class of 2014-15
I have always had a passion for community service and am very proud of the emphasis McBrayer places on community involvement.
- Kentucky Bar Association, member, 2011-present
- Fayette County Bar Association, member, 2011-present
- American Bar Association, member, 2011-present
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