Michele Lyerly Interview

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Ms. Lyerly is currently serving as the Firm's Commercial Real Estate practice area leader. Ms. Lyerly's practice is devoted primarily to the representation of developers, investors and users of commercial real estate in the acquisition, construction, financing, development, leasing and sale of shopping centers, office buildings and mixed-use developments. Ms. Lyerly has significant experience in the acquisition of land for large-scale retail, mixed-use and "lifestyle" developments and in the preparation and negotiation of retail tenant leases. Her experience also includes negotiating and drafting purchase and sale agreements, operating agreements, joint venture agreements, easements, restrictive covenants, development agreements, management agreements, ground leases and both retail and office leases. Her practice also includes real estate financing such as traditional acquisition and construction loans, new market tax credit financing and tax-deferred exchanges.


  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1997 B.A., International Studies, magna cum laude,
  • University of South Carolina, 1993


  • South Carolina
  • California

Academic Honors:

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Order of the Wig and Robe

Professional Memberships:

  • South Carolina Bar Association (Real Estate Section)
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Greenville County Bar Association
  • California Bar Association

Civic and Community Service

  • United Way, Young Philanthropists
  • March of Dimes, Past Real Estate Fund Raiser Committee Member
  • Christ Church Episcopal Preschool Volunteer
  • Furman University Connections Leadership Program, 2008

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