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Brian W. Byrd

Brian W. Byrd


T (336) 378-5429
F (336) 433-7415

Brian's practice focuses on representing developers in connection with the development of retail, office, apartment and mixed-use projects.  Brian enjoys working with developers to address the unique set of challenges that each project presents such as entitlements, restrictive covenants, easements, title defects, environmental contamination, leasing, and financing.  He serves a broad range of clients including individuals and regional and national developers. 

Brian partners with other groups within the firm to advise operating companies and non-profit organizations in various industries, including textile, furniture and higher education, regarding real estate matters affecting their operations.  He assists operating companies with matters such as leasing, property acquisition, compliance with governmental requirements and real estate secured lending. 

His lender representation includes private lenders, community banks, regional banks and life insurance companies in connection with mortgage loans secured by income-producing and owner-occupied properties.  He also advises lenders regarding collateral remediation matters such as title defects, defective planned community and condominium documents, and foreclosure defects.

Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • Named Greensboro Best Lawyers Land Use & Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year (2013, 2016)
  • Recognized by Chambers and Partners, USA, as one of North Carolina Leaders, Real Estate (2009-2015)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Listed Real Estate (2012-2018), Rising Stars Edition (2009-2011)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Business Edition list, Real Estate (2013-2015)
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Real Estate Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, listed more than 10 years
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *
  • Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame, Real Estate, (Overall Real Estate Winner 2016)

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.


Representative Work

Recent transactions:

  • Publix anchored shopping center in High Point, North Carolina
  • Free-standing Publix grocery store in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • More than thirty free-standing Walgreens drug stores throughout North Carolina and South Carolina during the past ten years, including both fee owned and ground leased sites
  • Harris-Teeter anchored shopping center in Huntersville, North Carolina
  • Hooters restaurant ground lease in Kissimmee, Florida
  • Medical office property acquisition in Nashville, North Carolina
  • New Garden Village, a mixed-use planned development in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Representation of a community college in connection with its acquisition of property and development of satellite campus
  • Representation of a North Carolina college in connection with $20,000,000+ real estate secured financing
  • Representation of a North Carolina college in connection with its acquisition of apartment community for additional student housing
  • Representation of a national bank following foreclosure to repair defective planned community documents
  • Representation of a community bank following foreclosure to repair defective condominium documents for an office condominium
  • Representation of borrower in connection with multiple Fannie Mae apartment loans in North Carolina and South Carolina
  • Representation of textile company in connection with $50,000,000+ credit facility
  • Mixed-use condominium conversion in connection with the development of a Mast General Store and apartments in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Condominium conversion of a 150,000 square foot medical office project
  • Mixed-use high rise condominium conversion in Greensboro, North Carolina

* Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future legal representation.

Thought Leadership


April 2, 2012


  • "Condominium Law - Everything Old is New Again," NCBA Real Property Section Annual Meeting, May 2013
  • Course Planner, "Wide Awake in 2010:  Real Property Section Annual Meeting," North Carolina Bar Association, May 2010
  • "Consumer Protection Issues in Condominium Projects," NCBA Continuing Legal Education, November 2007
  • Course Planner, "Condominium Communities in North Carolina," NCBA Continuing Legal Education, November 2007
  • "Fitting a Square Peg in a Round Hole:  Variance Practice and Procedures," NCBA Continuing Legal Education, October 2005
  • "North Carolina Real Estate Transactions Made Painless and Efficient," National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education, August 2005
  • Course Planner "What You Need to Know in 2004 and Beyond: Real Property Section Annual Meeting," North Carolina Bar Association, May 2004
  • Course Planner "Raw Land to Landscaping:  Challenges Facing Today's Real Estate Developers," North Carolina Bar Association, November 2001


  • Northwest Mens Lacrosse Boosters, Board of Directors, 2012-current
  • Groceries on Wheels, Volunteer
  • Leadership Greensboro Class of 2010
  • Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center, Board of Directors, 2006-2009
  • Greensboro Zoning Commission, April 2003-September 2005
  • Greensboro Board of Adjustment, 2000-2003
  • Bonds for Schools Referendum Committee Volunteer, 2000
  • University of Virginia, B.A., with distinction, 1994
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • North Carolina, 1997
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Real Property Section
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Triad Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition, Board of Directors, 2007-2010, 2014-current
Academic Honors
  • Hardy Cross Dillard Scholar
  • Editorial Board, Virginia Law Review
  • Order of the Coif
  • Phi Beta Kappa

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