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David G. Martin

David G. Martin

Partner in Charge

T (910) 815-7125
F (910) 815-7221

David Martin is the managing partner of Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP's Wilmington office. His practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions, real estate finance, and loan workouts and foreclosures.  He assists clients with the financing and acquisition of real property, development, commercial leasing and the preparation and negotiation of all forms of real estate and loan documentation.  David also has extensive experience representing lenders in commercial loan transactions, workouts and foreclosures, and financial institutions in regulatory matters.

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Real Estate Law (2018)
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Real Estate (2012-2015)
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *

* 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.

Thought Leadership


  • Course Planner, “Digging Up the Dirt:  Title, Construction and your Real Estate Practice: Real Property Section Annual Meeting,” North Carolina Bar Association, May 2015
  • First Presbyterian Church - Youth Basketball Coach, Deacon, Usher, Lay Liturgist (2004 - present)
  • Member, Board of Directors of Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Incorporated (2005 - 2012)
  • Board of Directors of Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Foundation
    • Treasurer (2014)
    • Member (2013 - present)
  • New Hanover County Schools Bond Referendum Committee (2014)
  • Campbell University School of Law, J.D., 1996
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1991
  • Boston University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 1997
  • North Carolina, 1996
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • New Hanover County Bar Association

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