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Wanda C. Townsend


Wanda Townsend practices in the firms Banking & Capital Markets group with a focus on commercial real estate. She represents financial institutions in commercial real estate loans that include construction loans, term financing, revolving credit facilities and mezzanine financing. She works with commercial real estate developers in purchasing, developing, financing, leasing, and the sale of real estate. She also works with many health care providers and privately held companies with their general business transactions, including employment matters and succession planning. Wanda and her team regularly provide seminars on title, survey, lien matters, loan documentation and related commercial lending and real estate matters.

Representative Experience

  • Represented large institutional lenders in real estate transactions where multiple properties are pledged as collateral.
  • Represented commercial real estate developers in negotiation, acquisition, financing and management matters.
  • Represented health care providers in general business, employment, leasing, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and contracting matters.
  • Represented lenders in asset based lending to operating companies.
  • Assisted landlords and tenants with their acquisitions, development and leasing of retail centers and mixed-use developments.
  • Represented entities in complex merger negotiations and with stock and asset purchase transactions.
  • Represented privately held companies in various business transactions, as well as the formation of corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, including bylaws, operating agreements, management and employment agreements, and shareholder agreements.

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Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Banking and Finance Law, 2013-2018; Real Estate Law, 2013-2018
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Banking, 2016-2017
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in North Carolina, Real Estate: Finance, 2014-2016, Real Estate, 2017
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leaders in the Law honoree, 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law, 2013-2016
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite, Business, 2013
  • Mecklenburg Times 50 Influential Women, 2012
  • Business Leader Magazine Top 50 Entrepreneur, 2012
  • Firm Management Committee for Johnston, Allison & Hord, PA, 2011-2015
  • Business Leader Magazine Women Extraordinaire, 2010
  • Charlotte Business Journal Top 25 Women in Business Award, 2009
  • CREW Charlotte, Impact Award, 2010; Networking Deal of the Year Award Member, 2010, 2007
  • The North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulations, 1990-1991
  • AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell


  • CREW Charlotte, Inc., Member; Strategic Planning Committee; Board of Directors, 2011-2013
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorneys
  • North Carolina Bankers Association
  • Hospitality House of Charlotte, Board Member and President, 1994-2000