Ford Robertson is the Managing Partner of the firm’s Raleigh office, and leader of the firm’s Real Estate Investment and Development Team. He practices in virtually all aspects of commercial real estate, with a focus on real estate development, investment and leasing, including industrial, retail and office leasing, sale/leaseback transactions, condominium and mixed-use developments, joint venture formation, tax-free exchanges and financing of commercial properties nationwide.
Mr. Robertson is listed in the 2020 and the six immediately preceding editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Real Estate. He was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Real Estate Law in 2021 and the five years immediately preceding. He was named a North Carolina "Super Lawyer" in 2021 and a "Rising Star" in 2009 for Real Estate Law by Super Lawyers magazine and a North Carolina "Legal Elite" in 2012 and also in 2019 and the three years immediately preceding for Real Estate by Business North Carolina magazine. In 2006, Mr. Robertson was selected by Triangle Business Journal for its "40 Under 40" list that recognizes outstanding Research Triangle leaders under 40 years of age. He is a recipient of Business Leader magazine's "2011 Movers & Shakers" Award that honors business leaders ranging from rising stars to executives in the Triangle and Triad communities. Mr. Robertson is also a 2004 graduate of Leadership Raleigh, a select program providing exposure to community issues, introductions to community leaders and development of leadership skills. While in law school, he was awarded the A.J. Fletcher Law Scholarship, was a member of the Wake Forest Law Review and the Order of the Coif, and received American Jurisprudence Awards for Excellence in Real Property, Contracts Law, Criminal Law, Torts and Civil Procedure.
Assisted North Carolina and Virginia-based credit unions in the origination and closing of commercial real estate loans across the country, in jurisdictions including California, Texas, Florida, Virginia, Philadelphia and the Carolinas.
Assisted a North Carolina-based real estate firm in connection with its acquisition, disposition and leasing of multiple Triangle area projects, including medical office buildings, office parks and flex/warehouse projects.
Represented developer in various in-fill real estate projects in Raleigh, North Carolina, including acquisition, redevelopment and structuring of investment partnerships for financing Country Club Homes Apartments, Whitaker Mill Apartments, Palms Apartments and Methodist office building and redevelopment of Glenwood Place office park.
Represented Kane Realty as a joint venture partner involved in the development and construction of a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), known as The Cardinal at North Hills, including complex financing issues, and provided guidance on obtaining regulatory approvals from the North Carolina Department of Insurance.
Represent developer in connection with its assemblage, acquisition, entitlement, development and infrastructure of a site for four mixed-use projects on one city block in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.
Represented developer in the acquisition, financing, and leasing of 540,000 square foot Lifestyle Center with mixed-use and freestanding properties in Clemmons, N.C.
Assisted real estate developer in the acquisition of a site in downtown Raleigh that will one day be home to an urban mixed use public-private partnership project with retail, office and residential space on top of a 550 space underground parking deck.
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Wake Forest University School of Law J.D. (1996) magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
University of Virginia B.A. (1993) Government and Economics
North Carolina (2000)
Boys and Girls Club of Wake County, Board of Directors
Communities in Schools of Wake County, Board of Directors
Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Past Board of Advisors
International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Board of Directors
North Carolina Bar Association Real Property Section Council, Member
Raleigh Rescue Mission, Former Board of Directors and Executive Committee
State Bar of Georgia
State Bar of North Carolina, Former Real Property Section Council Member
Wake County Bar Association, Real Property Section
Wake County Economic Development, Corporate Recruitment Committee
Urban Land Institute (ULI)
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