Charleston K&L Gates partner contributes to Chambers USA Regional Real Estate 2020 Guide

Three partners from the Charleston, S.C., office of the global law firm K&L Gates LLP have been recognized in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA. In addition, one of those lawyers –partner Matthew Norton — authored the ‘Law and Practice South Carolina’ section of the Chambers USA Regional Real Estate 2020 Guide, part of the Chambers Global Practice Guides. The Law and Practice Section provides clients with legal insight needed to make practical business decisions in certain jurisdictions. The content will be globally published and distributed to general counsel and will be featured on the practice guides page of the Chambers and Partners website.

The Charleston lawyers and the categories in which Chambers USA recognized them are as follows:

James S. Bruce (South Carolina Corporate/M&A)

Mr. Bruce is a founding partner of the firm’s Charleston office and represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other business transactions. He advises Fortune 500 companies, as well as middle-market and emerging-growth companies, in a broad range of industries, including aerospace, paper and packaging, technology, distribution, renewable energy, resort development, hospitality and leisure, retail, transportation and logistics, health care and media. Mr. Bruce also represents private equity and venture capital firms, strategic investors and distressed company investors.

J. Walker Coleman IV (South Carolina Labor and Employment)

Mr. Coleman is a founding partner and the Managing Partner of the firm’s Charleston office, as well as a member of the firm’s Advisory Council. He is an experienced labor and employment litigator who handles discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, wrongful termination, and retaliation cases for regional, national, and international companies in virtually every industry. He also prosecutes and defends restrictive covenant and trade secret claims, represents employers before state and federal employment and labor boards and departments, counsels employers on myriad labor and employment issues, and counsels companies on the sale and acquisition of domestic and foreign businesses.

Matthew J. Norton (South Carolina Real Estate)

Mr. Norton is a founding partner of the firm’s Charleston office and serves on the firm’s Advisory Council in his capacity as a leader of the firmwide Real Estate practice area. He also spearheads the firm’s global Resort, Hospitality and Leisure practice and is the chair for the firm’s Caribbean Practice Affinity Group. His practice focuses on commercial real estate and resort, hospitality and leisure, and he regularly represents clients in connection with resort planned communities, hotels, private clubs, golf courses, condominiums and strata title projects, condo hotels, branded residences, timeshares, and marinas.

Chambers and Partners has ranked K&L Gates LLP and nearly 90 of its lawyers across the United States as leaders in their respective practice areas in the 2020 edition of its Chambers USA guide. This includes rankings for the firm in 35 practice categories, including Real Estate in South Carolina.


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