arker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP is a full-service business law firm in the truest sense. With more than 200 attorneys across the firm’s seven offices in the Southeast, companies ranging from startup to publicly traded can find the help they need.
The Charleston office of the Charlotte-based firm opened in 2004 as the Lowcountry was growing in population and business opportunities. Ashley Cooper, the Office Development Partner for the Charleston office, said the correlation between the corporate growth in Charleston and the firm’s focus made the decision easy. The local office includes lawyers focused on the following legal services: employment and benefits, general corporate, commercial litigation, immigration, banking and creditors’ rights, energy and infrastructure, public finance, real estate and construction.
“Charleston is a good fit for our firm’s overall focus and structure,” Cooper says. “The areas of growth taking place in the Lowcountry, the presence of larger international manufacturing companies connected with the state ports, the emerging tech sector and the number of startups align closely to our firm’s capabilities and resources — whether real estate, employment and HR, litigation or finance.”
For example, Parker Poe recently helped publicly traded Blackbaud develop its new headquarters on Daniel Island. Cooper says the firm negotiated Blackbaud’s “build-to-suit” lease arrangement with the property owner.
Also, the firm provides general corporate advice on business deals, contracts and negotiations for SIB Fixed Cost Reduction, a privately held Charleston firm that specializes in expense management for businesses.
Banking and public finance are other areas of focus. “We bring a team of experienced lawyers from Charleston and across the firm to meet client needs on a local, regional and national level. We work with hospitals, universities and transportation authorities across the Carolinas, Georgia and beyond.” Cooper says.
Cooper describes the Charleston office as “diverse and young with a lot of energy. Our office is not a rigid environment that is slow to react, rather we are actively working to assist our clients and help them achieve their goals.”
The firm launched an innovative “mini-MBA” program to better educate its attorneys on the needs of its large corporate client base. The in-house, yearlong program helps attorneys develop their professional business skills and acumen in order to provide unparalleled legal counsel to their clients.
“The areas of growth taking place in the Lowcountry, the presence of larger international manufacturing companies connected with the state ports, the emerging tech sector and the number of startups align closely to our firm’s capabilities and resources — whether real estate, employment and HR, litigation or finance.”
– Ashley Cooper, Office Development Partner