Charleston, S.C. — Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP recently expanded its Real Estate Practice Group with the addition of Stephanie Grunthal Hess, who joins the firm as an associate in the Charleston, S.C. office.
Hess will focus her practice generally on representing local, regional, and national developers and lenders with the acquisition, development, financing and disposition of commercial real estate. Hess will also focus on assisting lenders and developers with structuring and negotiating loan workouts and loan restructurings of real estate secured loans. Prior to joining Smith Moore Leatherwood, Hess practiced in the areas of creditors' rights, foreclosure, commercial real estate, bankruptcy and corporate law. She represented lenders in litigation of creditor and debtor issues in State and Bankruptcy Court, including foreclosures, suits against borrowers and guarantors, and claim and deliveries.
"We are very pleased to have Stephanie join the Smith Moore Leatherwood family, as we continue to grow our firm," said Bobby Pearce, co-partner-in-charge of the firm's Charleston office. "Her experience, intellect and client-first work ethic will fit in perfectly as we continue to focus on helping our clients succeed and serving our community."
Hess received her bachelor's degree in International Affairs and Business from Florida State University in 2006 and her juris doctor from the Charleston School of Law in 2009. While at Charleston School of Law, she was a member of the Charleston School of Law Real Estate Society, Charleston School of Law Estate Planning Society and a founding member of Phi Delta Phi. Hess is currently a member of the South Carolina Bar Association and the Charleston County Bar Association.