Lee M. Johnsey

Lee M. Johnsey

Balch & Bingham LLP, Partner

Birmingham, Alabama

About About Q&A Select Matters Publications News Speaking Engagements Credentials About Lee Lee Johnsey focuses on the acquisition, development, ownership, management and disposition of real estate, unsecured and secured lending, corporate matters, gaming finance and operation, and tax sales. Lee understands that clients are looking for solutions, and his experience allows him to structure deals to anticipate future issues and to assist clients with responding to any issues that do arise before they become problems. When problems do arise, Lee's transactional and litigation experience uniquely positions him to view the big picture and nuances of an issue, and to counsel clients about the implications of a course of conduct. Lee understands that results are sometimes best achieved through litigation avoidance and others through litigation. Lee helps clients balance efficiency and desired results as he works through issues alongside them. In-depth experience on both the transactional and litigation sides of real estate, lending, and corporate transactions allows Lee to effectively structure deals, understand and anticipate potential problem areas, and advise clients to efficiently resolve potential and existing issues. Q&A Expand All Collapse All What types of clients do you represent? I am fortunate to represent a wide variety of clients. I regularly represent real estate developers, bank and non-bank lenders, business owners, title companies, land owners, creditors, gaming finance companies and operators, and tax credit syndicators. I also represent both tax sale purchasers and those seeking to redeem property from tax sales. What type of matters do you work on most often? I work on a variety of matters that generally involve one of three areas: real estate, lending, or corporate matters. I work with real estate developers in all phases of a matter - from developing the new corporate entity that will hold the real estate, to purchasing, financing, leasing, and ultimately selling the project. During these phases, general corporate, employment, and other legal issues arise. Assisting clients in all phases of their business allows me to be a better member of their team and anticipate legal issues specific to that client. What do you find most exciting about your work? On a personal level, I get to work with clients I enjoy being around and working with. I am truly fortunate to have that opportunity. From a subject matter perspective, I view the legal issues in my practice as a puzzle. I get to assist clients with individualized needs work through problems and craft solutions to meet their goals and to mitigate risk. Every day I get to work on something new. Which courts or agencies do you most often appear before on behalf of your clients? I frequently represent clients in both state and federal courts throughout Alabama. Because much of my practice involves debt issues, I also appear before bankruptcy courts in Alabama to represent the interests of clients who are creditors. When a matter involves tax sales, I appear before probate courts to achieve a resolution of those issues. Select Matters Residential subdivision development: Representation of a developer in the acquisition and development of three residential neighborhoods which are age-restricted and contain a number of common area amenities owned by the homeowner's association for the benefit of the neighborhood residents. Interstate Land Full Sale Disclosure Act: Advise developers with respect to compliance and exemptions available under the Interstate Land Full Sale Disclosure Act. Retail and multifamily development: Representation of a real estate developer in the negotiation of joint venture, and the acquisition, zoning, and development of a large retail and multifamily development in South Carolina. Secured lending: Representation of lender in $18 million loan secured by multifamily real property in North Carolina. Sale of real property: Representation of a property owner in the sale of real property located in Ft. Myers, Florida, partially located in a wetlands area. Defense of lender liability claims: Representation of a large regional financial institution with respect to the foreclosure and subsequent management of an operating marina, and arbitration relating to deficiency balance and defense of $20 million counterclaim arising from the same lending relationship. Acquisition and financing of medical school and student housing: Member of team representing bond underwriter in $175 million financing of the acquisition of a medical school and student housing in Bronx, New York. Tax sales: Representation of a large regional financial institution that had foreclosed on real property in the redemption of that property from a tax sale that occurred prior to the foreclosure. Low income housing tax credits (LIHTC): Member of team that regularly represents developers and tax credit syndicators in the development and rehabilitation of LIHTC properties throughout the country. Gaming: Regularly represents gaming lessor and operator relating to the purchase, leasing, financing, and licensing of gaming machine on Indian reservations in Oklahoma. Sale of dental practice: Representation of owner of dental practice in the sale of all corporate assets and leasing of real property to new practice, and negotiation of employment agreement for the selling doctor to be an employee of the new practice. Publications View More News View More Speaking Engagements View More Credentials Education The University of Florida Fredric G. Levin School of Law, J.D., 2009, with honors Auburn University, B.S.B.A., Accountancy, 2006, Spade Honorary; Omicron Delta Kappa, President Courts U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, 2009 U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 2009 U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 2009 U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2010 U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2010 U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2010 Alabama State Courts, 2009 Florida State Courts, 2010 Bar Admissions Alabama, 2009 Florida, 2010 Professional Affiliations Alabama State Bar, Young Lawyer's Section, President, 2017 - 2018; Vice President, 2016 - 2017; Executive Committee, 2013 - present; Secretary, 2016; Treasurer, 2015; Alabama State Bar, Board of Bar Commissioners and Executive Council, ex officio Alabama State Bar, Local Task Force, Task Force on Certain Disciplinary Considerations, Finance and Audit Committee, Bench & Bar Relations Task Force American Bar Association (ABA); House of Delegates, 2015 - present; Young Lawyer's Division Assembly, 2014 - present; liaison between ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section and ABA Young Lawyer's Division on membership 2014 - present; Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section's Task Force on Outreach to Young Lawyers 2015 - present; Real Property Trusts and Estates Committee, Vice-Chairman, 2014 - 2015; Ethics and Professionalism Committee, Vice-Chairman, 2013 - 2014 Alabama CCIM Chapter Alabama Affordable Housing Association NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association Awards & Accolades The Best Lawyers in America®, Ones to Watch Birmingham Business Journal, Rising Star Lawyer 2018 Birmingham Magazine, Top Attorney, 2017 & 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2017-present Community Involvement REV Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club Bryant-Jordan Foundation, Board Member Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, State At-Large Selection Committee

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