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Brian J. Register


Brian is a partner at Smith Debnam and member of the firm’s Business Law practice group. He concentrates his practice in the areas of Commercial Real Estate, Corporate Law, and Business Law. Before joining Smith Debnam in 2018, Brian worked as a law partner at Brownlee Whitlow & Praet, PLLC where he built a substantial real estate practice focused on real estate transactions, landlord/tenant law, and private lender representation.

As a real estate investor himself, Brian has the first-hand experience as a buyer and seller of real property to understand not only the issues that can arise during a real property transaction – from the initial buying and selling to the leasing of the property – but also the resulting financial impact to the buyer or seller that occurs when a real estate transaction hits a potential roadblock. This insight enables him to identify and remedy potential problems early in the process so he can help clients avoid costly issues that could upend a deal.

Brian’s experience in real estate law includes the following representation:

  • Land Acquisition & Development Financing & Refinancing
  • Title Examination & Certification Landlord & Tenant Representation
  • Commercial Lease Drafting, Review & Negotiation
  • Creation of Subdivisions, Condominiums, Associations & Development Documents Entity Formation & Joint Venture Agreements
  • Buyer, Seller, & Lender Representation Closing Transactions
  • Contract & Finance Negotiation 1031 Tax-free Exchanges Syndication
  • Business Purchases & Related Real & Personal Property Assets
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • JD., North Carolina Central University, 2009
  • BS., cum laude, Animal Science & Genetics, North Carolina State University, 2001
  Professional Affiliations
  • NC Bar Association, Real Property Section: Legislative Committee, Co-Chair - 2018-Present; Rapid Response Team, member – 2018-Present
  • Wake County Bar Association, member; WCBA Young Lawyers Division
  • Triangle Real Estate Investors Association
  • Triangle Apartment Association
  • Christian Legal Society
  Awards & Recognition
  • Triangle Apartment Association, Leadership Award
  Civic Involvement
  • Edenton Street United Methodist Church
  • North Carolina State University Alumni Association, Member
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