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Mark S. Sharpe

Partner
+1.843.579.5647
Fax +1.843.579.5601
Mark Sharpe is a partner in the firm’s Charleston office. He focuses his practice on commercial real estate, banking and commercial transactions, creditor rights, and litigation related to those areas. He is a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and is included in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Real Estate Law, and in Best Lawyers in America. He is a member of the firm’s third-party legal opinion committee. Before beginning his legal career, Mark was a CPA licensed in New York State, where he practiced with the accounting firm now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Achievements

  • Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America, Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Litigation - Banking Finance, Real Estate Law, 2005 - 201 7
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Real Estate Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Past chairperson of the Real Estate Section of the South Carolina Bar
  • Past chairperson of the Corporation, Banking and Securities Law Section of the South Carolina Bar  
  • Chairperson, Task Force on the Unauthorized Practice of Law in Commercial Transactions of the Corporations, Banking and Securities Law Section of the South Carolina Bar
  • Member, Legal Opinion Ad Hoc Committee of the Corporate, Banking and Securities Law Section of the South Carolina Bar .
  • Served as a special referee in mortgage foreclosure actions, as a receiver in mortgage foreclosure actions, and as a partition commissioner.
  • Served as special master appointed by the United States District Court to conduct foreclosure proceedings.
  • Certified as a mediator by the South Carolina Supreme Court

Speaking Engagements

Mark has frequently served as a speaker at continuing education programs sponsored by the South Carolina Bar, and has made presentations in the areas of commercial real estate, banking law, creditor rights, and opinion practices.

Additional Information

Publications

  • Author of the South Carolina chapter of the recent ABA publication The Law of Guaranties, a Jurisdiction by Jurisdiction Guide to U.S. and Canadian Law.
  • He is also the author of the South Carolina chapter of the ABA publication Commercial Lending Law, a State-by-State Guide.
  • He authored the chapter on Multi-State Practice of Law and Ethics for the book Practical Guide to Commercial Real Estate in South Carolina, recently published by the South Carolina Bar.
  • He is a co-author of The South Carolina Third Party Legal Opinion Report, issued by the Corporate, Banking and Securities Law Section of the South Carolina Bar.
  • Mark has recently represented a joint venture developer in the $63,000,000 acquisition of a 2,000 acre tract, the closing of a $50,000,000 acquisition and development loan, and the development of a luxury residential community on the Kiawah River, John’s Island South Carolina.
  • He has recently argued a significant lender liability case in the South Carolina Supreme Court.
  • He has testified at a public hearing before the South Carolina Supreme Court on behalf the Corporations, Banking and Securities Law Section of the South Carolina Bar.
  • He has represented lenders and developers in real estate acquisition, development, and financing transactions.
  • He has represented lenders in operating company loan transactions.
  • He has represented lenders in lender liability cases.
  • He has represented lenders in the foreclosure of substantial, high-value properties.