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Walter D. Fisher, Jr.

Practice Area Leader - Real Estate
Fax +1.704.353.3244
Mr. Fisher is a partner in the Charlotte office and he serves as a Co-Practice Area Leader for the K&L Gates’ firm wide real estate practice. His practice is focused on the acquisition, sale, development and leasing of commercial real estate. He also has extensive experience negotiating and preparing office leases for space in urban and suburban markets and negotiating and preparing complex retail leases and representing developers of mixed-use projects. Additionally, he has represented lenders, borrowers and third-party investors in financial restructuring and workout transactions and he has handled complex note purchase and sale transactions.

Mr. Fisher 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.


  • Charlotte Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2003-2014
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Real Estate Law, 2007-2013
  • Legal Elite, Business North Carolina Magazine, Real Estate, 2004-2010  
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers , Real Estate Law, 2007-2013

Professional/Civic Activities

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Real Property Section Member, 1986-present   
  • University of North Carolina School of Law Alumni Association
    • Board of Trustees, 2008-present
    • Advancement Committee Chair, 2012-present
  • Catawba Lands Conservancy
    • Board of Directors, 2011-present
    • Land Acquisition Committee Chair, 2012-present
    • Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
      • Board of Directors, 2005-2012
      • Chair, 2008-2010
      • Corporate Partners Campaign Committee Co-Chair, 2004
      • Corporate Partners Campaign Committee Member, 2003-2009 
      • Providence United Methodist Church
        • Staff-Parish Relations Committee Member, 2011-2013
        • Co-Chair of Capital Campaign Coordinating Committee, 2005-2006
        • Church Council Chair, 2003-2004
          • Speaking Engagements

            • “ULI 2012 Spring Conference Panel Presentation and Discussion,” ULI Charlotte Chapter Meeting, Panelist, May 2012
            • “Seasoned Director Insights on Board Roles at Public, Private and Non-Profit Organizations,” RTC-National Association of Corporate Directors, Panelist, September 2011
            • “The Mixed Use Primer,” Urban Land Institute Spring Council Forum, Panel Participant, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 2004
            • Represented a real estate developer/investor client in connection with the workout of a $400 million real estate loan portfolio involving 15 properties located in four states.
            • Represented a REIT client in connection with the purchase of a $570 million portfolio of commercial real estate mortgages, mezzanine loans and B and C notes including many loans secured by hotel properties.
            • Represented a health care system client in connection with all phases of a $162 million monetization transaction involving the sale and leaseback of 15 medical office buildings comprising nearly 600,000 square feet of space with a publicly-traded healthcare REIT investor.
            • Represented a client in connection with all phases of the acquisition, leasing, financing and development of a 2,000-acre destination resort community, including a resort hotel and associated lodging and recreational facilities, located in northern New Hampshire.
            • Handled the acquisition, development, leasing, and sale of a $100 million mixed-use project in Huntersville, NC, involving retail, office and multi-family uses.
            • Represented a client in acquiring approximately 12,000 acres and the conveyance of approximately 9,000 acres thereof to The Nature Conservancy in connection with the environmentally-sensitive development of a master-planned residential community.
            • Assisted a client in the acquisition, development, leasing and sale of a business park containing approximately one million square feet of office space in six buildings. Several leases involved corporate headquarters relocations.
            • Represented a client in all aspects of the negotiation and sale of its $210 million portfolio comprised of 51 multi-tenant office buildings located in seven states.
            • Represented a client in the assemblage of land for, and the development, leasing, financing and sale of, a high-profile, mixed-use project in Charlotte, NC, incorporating retail, hotel, and multi-family uses.
            • Represented a client in the voluntary annexation of, and the securing of zoning and development entitlements for, over 3,500 acres of land. This assignment involved the negotiation of a long-term and complex development agreement with the relevant municipal entity, addressing an extensive array of issues and concerns anticipated to affect the development of the property over a 30+ year period.