J. Drake Brinkley

Commercial Real Property Attorney and LEED Green Associate
252.215.4014 252.215.4077
jdbrinkley@wardandsmith.com
Post Office Box 8088, Greenville, NC 27835-8088

Drake works with entities and individuals in transactions involving commercial real property. A substantial portion of his practice is focused on representing both landlords and tenants in commercial lease negotiations for a wide variety of spaces, including office locations, retail centers, industrial facilities, and solar farms. In addition, Drake represents buyers and sellers in negotiating and closing purchases and sales, including tax-deferred exchanges. He also represents developers and investors in all aspects of the land development process, including obtaining land use and zoningentitlements. He also represents borrowers and lenders in financing transactions. Drake's civil engineering background provides practical assistance to clients throughout real estate transactions. He is an accredited Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design associate (LEED AP). Drake also focuses a portion of his practice in the area of corporate law working with clients throughout the lifecycle of a business, from entity selection (limited liability companies, corporations, and partnerships) and organizational issues (operating agreements and shareholder agreements), to assisting clients with mergers, acquisitions, and company divestitures.

Education

  • J.D., Campbell Law School, 2006.  Articles Editor, Campbell Law Review; Case Summary Writer, Campbell Law Observer; Campbell Law Moot Court; Order of Old Kivett.
  • B.S., magna cum laude, North Carolina State University, 2002

Honors and Distinctions*

  • "Rising Star," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2011

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Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce (Leadership Greenville Alumnus, Class of 2015)
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Sections: Business Law; Real Property Law

 

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2006
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina

* Please see the following websites for an explanation of the membership standards for the following recognitions: www.bestlawyers.com; businessnc.com/special-sections/legal-elite/; and www.superlawyers.com/north-carolina.

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