United Community Bank expands its internal corporate legal team with the addition of Christopher M. Towery as Deputy General Counsel. In this role, Towery will support the General Counsel with overseeing, planning, organizing and directing the legal staff and outside counsel. Additionally, he will evaluate legal and policy matters affecting the bank’s activities and particularly provide support for M&A activities, capital transactions, finance and treasury matters, and litigation.
“Chris has strong experience in legal practice related to banking and finance that will be immensely helpful as United continues to grow,” said Melinda Davis Lux, General Counsel for United Community Bank. “The organization will benefit greatly from his understanding of distressed transactions, contracts, real estate and more.”
Towery comes to United from Womble Bond Dickinson, where he was made partner in 2020. He has a decade of legal practice in the Carolinas and was recognized as one of the North Carolina Rising Stars by Super Lawyers in Banking in 2020. He was also recognized as the Best Lawyers ™ Bankruptcy Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in 2019. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law and received his bachelor’s degree from Furman University. He is currently pursuing a master’s in business administration from the Quantic School of Business & Technology.
“Providing legal counsel to banks and financial institutions has grown to be my professional passion and area of expertise,” said Towery. “I am thrilled to now join an already distinguished in-house legal team and work together with all parts of the bank to support the mission and vision of the organization.”
About United Community Banks, Inc.
United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCBI) (United) is a bank holding company headquartered in Blairsville, Georgia, with executive offices in Greenville, South Carolina. United is one of the largest full-service financial institutions in the Southeast, with total assets exceeding $17 billion and 163 offices in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. United Community Bank, United’s wholly-owned bank subsidiary, specializes in personalized community banking services for individuals, small businesses and companies throughout its geographic footprint, now including Florida under the brand Seaside Bank and Trust. Services include a full range of consumer and commercial banking products, including mortgage, advisory, treasury management, and now wealth management. Respected national research firms consistently recognize United for outstanding customer service. In 2020, J.D. Power ranked United highest in customer satisfaction with retail banking in the Southeast, marking six out of the last seven years United earned the coveted award. Forbes included United in its inaugural list of the World’s Best Banks in 2019 and again in 2020. Forbes also recognized United on its 2020 list of the 100 Best Banks in America for the seventh consecutive year. United also received five Greenwich Excellence Awards in 2019 for excellence in Small Business Banking and Middle Market Banking, including a national award for Overall Satisfaction in Small Business Banking. Additional information about United can be found at www.ucbi.com.