Lanneau Wm.  Lambert, Jr.

Lanneau Wm. Lambert, Jr.

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Lanneau “Lanny” Lambert serves his clients in business transaction matters including contracts, leases and loans.

His practice has a focus on commercial real estate finance and development, which stems from his early career as in-house counsel at a real estate development and mortgage banking company. A detail-oriented person by nature, Lanny approaches each matter with the ability to see the big picture while connecting the many dots that add up to achieving a successful closing.

Within the commercial real estate arena, Lanny regularly represents both lenders and borrowers on matters ranging from financing and loans to land development and zoning. On the lender side, his clients include life insurance companies, national and community banks and private parties. On the borrower side, clients include developers, tenants and municipalities. By working with both types of real estate clients, Lanny provides all clients with thorough counsel. Since he knows the information borrowers and lenders need to acquire during a real estate transaction, he can fully explain each step in the process to his clients, whether they are seasoned in real estate transactions or new to the process. Lanny’s track record for getting loans done right has created a high level of trust among lenders.

On the business side, Lanny’s work for many small and mid-size business clients includes handling contracts and leases related to day-to-day business affairs, and making himself available for clients to offer advice on a variety of business situations. Lanny prides himself on listening to his clients in order to discern their needs and the most appropriate solutions. He has developed a reputation as a problem solver – helping his clients work through their problems and, when needed, helping them negotiate difficult circumstances with adverse parties. Lanny always has his eye on his clients’ best interests, which sometimes involves conflict negotiation instead of problem escalation.

Lanny is guided by the quote from Winston Churchill, “You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.” Ever since the SC Bar asked Lanny to develop a senior citizens handbook as a young attorney, he has given back to his profession through involvement in the bar. He has also been active in giving back through many community groups, including Junior Achievement. As a member of the business community, he views Junior Achievement as an ideal way to support the future leaders of his community.

  • Directed the closing of two loans totaling over $30 million for a major wholesale distributor of building materials and construction products.
  • Lanny served as special South Carolina counsel in various financing transactions of up to $200 million for a Charlotte-based REIT primarily holding MOBs in hospital campuses across the country.
  • Represents a real estate development company specializing in building and leasing retail space for regional and national tenants.
  • Counseled a federal credit union through a commercial loan for the construction of a $7.5 million classroom building project for a university foundation.
  • Served as special counsel to a national lender that was providing $7.5 million in financing necessary to support a manufacturer exiting from bankruptcy and to supply funding for ongoing working capital needs.?
  • Assisted a real estate developer with structuring the acquisition of several real estate tracts that were under contract with a national homebuilder for the development of a residential subdivision.
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1981
  • Duke University, B.A., 1978, cum laude
  • South Carolina Bar, 1981
  • United States District Court, District of South Carolina, 1982
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Judicial Circuit, 1982
  • United States Supreme Court, 2009
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys (Member, 2016-Present)
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers (Member, 2021-Present)
  • South Carolina Bar (President, 2007-2008; Young Lawyers Division, President, 1988-1989)
  • South Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society (President-Elect, 2022; Board Member, 2021)
  • South Carolina Bar Foundation (Board of Directors, 2004-2008)
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents
    • Leadership Advisory Board, 2017-2019
    • Immediate Past President, 2016-2017 President, 2015-2016
    • President-Elect, 2014-2015
    • Treasurer, 2013-2014
    • Secretary, 2012-2013
    • Executive Council, 2008-2011;
    • Programs Committee, 2008-2017
    • Membership Committee, 2010-2013
    • Diversity Committee, 2007-2010
  • American Bar Association (Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Services, 2009-2011)
  • Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s Navigating Good to Great Foundation (Board of Directors, 2009-2015)
  • Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors, 1996-2000; Vice Chairman and Chairman, Public Affairs, 1998-1999)
  • Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas, Inc. (Chair, 2013-2014; Chair-Elect 2012-2013; Board of Directors, 2008-2015)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Banking and Finance Law, 2009-2024
  • Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2010-2024
  • Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 2012-2024
  • Chambers & Partners, USA – Litigation, General Commercial, 2024
  • SC Lawyers Weekly, Excellence in Law: ICON award, 2024
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2015-2023
  • Best Lawyers in America, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2012-2023
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, Real Estate, 2009, 2012-2023
  • Midlands Legal Elite, Commercial Real Estate and Banking & Finance, 2018-2022
  • The John W. Williams Distinguished Service Award, Richland County Bar, 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America, "Lawyer of the Year", Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2018
  • South Carolina Lawyers Weekly, Leadership in Law Award, 2009
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, Banking, 2009
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, Business/Corporate, 2009
  • Leadership Columbia Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2007
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ AV®


  • "Don't Misunderstand the Memorandum of Understanding,"  Uptown, publication of the Municipal Association of South Carolina, April, 2015
  • “Speak to Your Supervisor,” South Carolina Lawyer, publication of the South Carolina Bar, January 2011
  • "Speak to Your Supervisor: Protecting Lenders Under the Attorney Supervision Requirements for S.C. Real Estate Closings,” Palmetto Banker, Summer Issue 2011-1 Edition
  • “Don't Leave Out the Essential Ingredient: The Attorney," South Carolina Lawyers Weekly, June 21, 2010; Palmetto Banker, publication of the South Carolina Bankers Association, Winter Issue, 2010

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

  • “What to Look for in Reviewing a Commercial Purchase Agreement and a Commercial Lease for a Buyer and/or Tenant”, Speaker, 2020 Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC-SC) Winter Meeting, February 28, 2020
  • Keynote Speaker at the Federation of Ontario Law Associations 2016 Spring Plenary Conference, May 2016
  • "Different State Approaches to Residential Real Estate Closings," Panelist, Georgia State Bar, 33rd Annual Real Property Law Institute, May 2011
  • "Innovations that Build the Perfect System: Money, Member Benefit and Public Service" Moderator, National Conference of Bar Presidents Midyear Meeting, February 2011
  • "Educating Your Bar Leadership About Lawyer Referral Services" Speaker, American Bar Association Lawyer Referral & Information Service Workshop, October 2010
  • "Lawyering in the 21st Century: The (Dis)Satisfaction of the Profession" Moderator, National Conference of Bar Presidents Annual Meeting, August 2010
  • "Bar Leaders and Young Lawyers: Partnering Together to Shape the Future of the Profession" Moderator, National Conference of Bar Presidents Midyear Meeting, February 2010
  • “The Role of Local Government Counsel in Complex Agreements and Transactions,” Speaker, South Carolina Bar, Government Law Update, 2009
  • "Let's Talk: How Can the Bar and Law Schools Work Together to Prepare New Lawyers for Practice?" Moderator, National Conference of Bar Presidents Midyear Meeting, February 2009
  • “The Role of Local and Transaction Counsel in Municipal Projects,” Public Finance Symposium, 2009
  • “Don’t Let Mold Grow On Your Lease,” International Conference Shopping Centers, 2005

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