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Stephen R. McCrae, Jr.

Fax +1.803.980.7882

Stephen McCrae focuses his practice on commercial real estate development, land use and zoning, and governmental relations. He also serves as the client representative for a number of foreign-based/owned companies with South Carolina operations.

In addition, Mr. McCrae served as a member of the 2003 Advisory Council appointed by the Director of the South Carolina Department of Revenue on the simplification of Fee in Lieu of Taxation statutes.

Mr. McCrae is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED-AP), a distinction he earned through the Green Building Certification Institute. As a LEED-AP, he has demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles, as well as the LEED Rating System.

Mr. McCrae can be reached in Rock Hill, South Carolina at the following address:

K&L Gates LLP
P. O. Box 11429
(140 E. Main St., Plaza Building, Suite 220)
Rock Hill, SC 29731


  • Best Lawyers in America, Land Use & Zoning Law, Real Estate Law, 2008 – 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2014 Lawyer of the Year, Land Use & Zoning Law - Charlotte
  • “Community Service Award,” York County Young Attorneys Association  
  • “Best Comment Award,” South Carolina Law Review

Professional/Civic Activities

  • City Club of Rock Hill (President, 2000; Board of Directors, 1996-2006)
  • McCelvey Center, Inc. of York (Founding Member and Past President, 1987-1990, 2001-2002)
  • Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation (President, 2000-2003; Board of Directors, 1998-2006, 2011 to present)
  • Rock Hill Arts Council, Dalton Gallery Committee (Chair and Board of Directors, 1998-2000)
  • South Carolina Governor's Task Force on Historic Preservation, appointed by Governor Jim Hodges, March 23, 2000
  • York County Culture and Heritage Commission, (Member, 2005-2009)
  • South Carolina Bar Examiner’s Committee (Associate Member, 2005 to Present)
  • Trail Blazers Committee of York County, Carolina Thread Trails (2011 to present)
  • Represented international bank as local counsel in the attempted loan restructure secured by a large entertainment venue and subsequent bankruptcy-court approved sale of the collateral by the client.
  • Represented an international financial institution in the judicial foreclosure of its mortgage, as Collateral Agent, with respect to a $44 million development loan and appointment of a receiver pending foreclosure.
  • Represented a regional bank in l foreclosure actions involving commercial tracts under development and the restructuring of a related debt facility aggregating approximately $16 million.
  • Represented largest developer in York County on development, zoning and other governmental relations issues regarding development of 6,000 acres into neighborhoods/villages of mixed residential (including single-family, townhouse, and multi-family), commercial, retail, and civic uses.
  • Advised and counseled Rock Hill area developer regarding development, financing, leasing, and various land use issues in the development of mixed-use project (containing 125 acres) within the City of Rock Hill.
  • Represented Master Developer of 1,437-acre tract in obtaining a Development Agreement and other entitlements from York County for a mixed-use development, including a 300-acre Office/R&D site.
  • Served as local counsel to national lending entities in numerous large credit facility matters regarding real estate and lending issues.
  • Advised both U.S. and foreign-owned companies regarding state and local economic incentives for establishing operations in South Carolina, including negotiating Fee in Lieu of Taxation agreements.