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Parker Poe Attorneys Honored with CREW Deal of the Year Award

  • February 3, 2017

Charlotte, NC – Wanda Townsend and Brian Koontz, Partners in Parker Poe’s Charlotte office, were recently honored by CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Charlotte with the Deal of the Year Award. The deal included a loan closing team behind the refinancing of the Johnston Allison & Hord building in Charlotte. A number of CREW members were selected to be part of the team including Wanda and Brian who were selected by the bank to provide legal counsel. Additional team members included Marie McLucas, chief financial officer of Primax Properties, Charles Lyle of South State Bank, Jane Barkley and Dawn Royle of Investors Title and Carol Fortenberry of Fortenberry Lambert, Inc.

Wanda Townsend practices in the firm’s Banking & Capital Markets group with a focus on commercial real estate. Wanda represents financial institutions in commercial real estate loans including construction loans, term financing, and revolving credit facilities. Wanda works with commercial real estate developers in purchasing, developing, financing, leasing and the sale of real estate. Wanda also works with businesses and health care entities on their corporate transactional work. Wanda received both her JD and BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Brian Koontz’s practice focuses on commercial lending, commercial real estate, and corporate law. Mr. Koontz has represented financial institutions and borrowers in a variety of financing transactions, including construction loans, term loans, lines of credit, acquisition and development loans, and asset-based loans. Brian received his JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his BA from Wheaton College.

Wanda Townsend, Brian Koontz, Marie McLucas, Dawn Royle and Jane Barkley of Investors Title. (Photo courtesy of

About CREW Charlotte
CREW Charlotte consists of a diverse group of professional women and men engaged in commercial real estate and related service industries. CREW Charlotte was founded in 1990, and its core purpose is to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by advancing the achievements of women. They strive to provide additional opportunities and advancement for members through education, networking, recognition and leadership. To learn more about CREW Charlotte, please visit

About Parker Poe
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP has approximately 200 lawyers in seven offices located in major markets across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The firm provides legal counsel to large commercial and public organizations on litigation, corporate and regulatory matters.

Parker Poe is a member of TerraLex, one of the world’s leading international legal networks. With 155 member law firms and 19,000 attorneys in 100 countries, TerraLex members provide the legal resources and expertise needed to conduct seamless business worldwide.