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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 obtaining governmental entitlements for industrial and developer clients. 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, BC & D), a distinction he earned through the Green Building Certification Institute. As a LEED-AP, BC & D, 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 – 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2014 Lawyer of the Year, Land Use & Zoning Law - Charlotte
  • “Community Service Award,” York County Young Attorneys Association
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Pre-eminent Rating - Judicial Edition  
  • “Best Comment Award,” South Carolina Law Review

Professional/Civic Activities

  • South Carolina Bar Examiner’s Committee (2005 to Present)
  • 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, 2012-2016; 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)
  • Since 2015, represented solar energy developer client on 100 solar farm sites in South Carolina, focusing on Fee in Lieu of Taxation and Special Source Revenue Credit agreements with county governing bodies.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Served as local counsel to national lending entities in numerous large credit facility matters regarding real estate and lending issues.