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W. Samuel Woodard

Retired of Counsel
Charlotte | 704.372.9000

Sam Woodard has extensive experience in representing large lending institutions in commercial real estate financing transactions, including syndicated lending and in commercial lending transactions. In addition, he has represented a number of major commercial real estate developers and lenders in the development and financing of several large real estate projects. Mr. Woodard also serves as general counsel to a number of the firm's corporate clients.

Representative Experience

Significant projects on which Mr. Woodard has served as lead counsel include:

  • Represented private developer/owner of One Wells Fargo Center office tower and amenities in Charlotte, NC in the sale of the project to a Starwood Properties entity for $245,000,000
  • Representing the national bank developer of a new high-rise office tower in uptown Charlotte with adjoining retail space and parking garage and four contiguous cultural facilities buildings developed for the City of Charlotte
  • Representing the lead lender on several syndicated credit facilities for the development of off-campus college apartment projects throughout the U.S.
  • Representing the developers of two of the new high-rise office towers in uptown Charlotte, including the land acquisition, construction and permanent financing, development and construction and leasing
  • Representing the developer of a major regional shopping center, including land acquisition, construction and permanent financing, development and construction, anchor site leasing and outparcel sales
  • Representing lenders in providing construction and term financing for office, retail and industrial real estate projects
  • Representing developers and owners of real estate projects in permanent financing transactions with institutional lenders as well as dispositions of projects

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Honors & Awards

  • Charlotte Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Real Estate, 2013
  • Woodward/White's The Best Lawyers in America in Real Estate Law, 1993-2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Banking & Finance; Real Estate & Commercial Development


  • Arts & Science Council, Board of Directors, 2003-2006
  • Dowd YMCA, Board of Visitors
  • Parker Poe, Chairman, 1998-2003; Board of Directors, 1982-2003
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Board of Visitors, 2001-2005
  • University of North Carolina School of Law Banking Institute, Board of Governors, 1996-present