Gregory Schultz represents developers, borrowers and lenders in the acquisition, development, financing and leasing of commercial real estate. Mr. Schultz serves as chair of the Real Estate and Insurance Coverage Departments at Taylor English.
He has represented clients in numerous transactions involving multifamily, office, retail and industrial real estate development transactions. Many of these transactions involve tax planning, such as tax-free exchanges under 26 U.S.C. 1031 and opportunity zone acquisition and development transactions pursuant to 26 U.S.C. Subchapter Z. Mr. Schultz also has represented numerous tenants and landlords in lease negotiations. His practice also includes representing lenders and borrowers in real estate and asset-based lending transactions. He has more than 25 years of commercial real estate experience and practiced as a certified public accountant before attending law school.
Mr. Schultz also has extensive experience in construction and real estate litigation, including title disputes, mechanic’s liens, construction defects and insurance coverage. In particular, he has represented insurers and policyholders in connection with insurance coverage disputes and contribution actions for defense and indemnity involving significant claims throughout the country. In addition, he represents lenders, borrowers, title insurance companies and lienholders in real estate litigation matters, such as quiet title litigation, reformation, lien priority disputes and similar matters. His litigation experience includes e-discovery matters including in complex litigation.
Prior to joining Taylor English, Mr. Schultz was a partner at an Atlanta-based, full service law firm, where he practiced law from 1998-2005 and prior to attending law school, Mr. Schultz practiced as a certified public accountant for six years, first with Deloitte & Touche LLP, where he performed audit and tax services for real estate clients, and later as a project controller for Carter & Associates LLC, an Atlanta-based real estate developer.
State Bar of Georgia, Real Property and Bankruptcy Sections
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Past Vice Chair
Active at Buckhead Community Church, 2004-present
Active in Boy Scouts of America, Troop 298, 2000-2015
Lead counsel in various opportunity zone transactions pursuant to 26 U.S.C. Subchapter Z, including significant office development in south Florida, mixed-use retail and multi-family adaptive re-use project in Greenville, SC and office and multi-family adaptive re-use project on west Atlanta’s “Beltline”. Cumulative transaction value in excess of $150 million.
Lead counsel to seller in sale of 24 industrial properties located variously in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina in 2016.
Lead counsel to Georgia-based private fund in connection with acquisition and financing of $23.5 million multi-family portfolio of five properties in Tennessee and Georgia in 2015.
Lead counsel to developer for acquisition and construction financing for approximately $180 million Class “A” continuing care retirement community.
Lead counsel to developer of 90 unit multifamily “Beltline” project on East side of Atlanta in 2015.
Lead counsel to real estate developer in connection with disposition of multiple office buildings in Norcross, Georgia. Transaction value in excess of $18 million in 2014.
Lead counsel to real estate developer in connection with new development of industrial park near Tampa, Florida, in 2016.
Lead counsel to national cold storage company in connection with acquisition of 4.7 million cubic foot facility in Louisiana under lease purchase option from national food conglomerate, including negotiation of complex easement agreements regarding interface of adjoining plant facilities between business partners in 2013.
Lead counsel to developer in connection with phased sale and co-development of 90-acre retail and mixed use development near Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 2013 and 2014.
Lead counsel to regional commercial real estate developer in connection with purchase of 175,000 square feet of office buildings in Gwinnett County, Georgia, in 2014.
Lead counsel to private real estate investment firm in connection with sale of 300,000 square feet of office buildings in Gwinnett County, Georgia, in 2014.
Lead local counsel to national cold storage company in connection with refinance of 592,000-square-foot facility in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2013.
Lead counsel to Georgia-based private fund in connection with acquisition and financing of $13 million multi-family property in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2015.
Lead counsel to local real estate development organization in connection with acquisition, refinance and sale of multi-family development in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2012.
Lead counsel to purchaser in connection with multiple acquisitions of distressed, partially completed residential developments in 2013 and 2014.
Lead counsel to purchaser in connection with bulk purchases of numerous single family homes in multiple southeastern states in 2013 and 2014.
Lead counsel to lender in connection with $15 million real estate loan to national petroleum retailer secured by multiple sites in Georgia in 2013.
Lead counsel to landlord in connection acquisition and development of retail outparcels and negotiation of dozens of single-tenant retail leases for multiple sites in Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas between 2006 and 2015.
Lead counsel to lender in connection with $6 million real estate and operating loan to manufacturer-distributor in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2013.
Lead counsel to private real estate investment fund in connection with due diligence and proposed acquisition of portfolio of 400 single family homes in Florida and Texas under low income tax credit financing regime in 2013.
Lead counsel to regional developer in connection with development of 350 unit multi-family portion of mixed-use development in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, in 2009.
- Purchase, development, leasing and sale of more than a dozen national general merchandise and auto parts retailer sites in Georgia and Tennessee
Lead counsel to developer in connection with purchase, development, leasing and sale of more than a dozen national general merchandise and auto parts retailer sites in Georgia and Tennessee between 2002 and 2010.
Lead counsel to regional residential and mixed-use developer in connection with development of 300 unit multi-family development in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, in 2006 and 2007.
Lead counsel to seller in connection with sale of food processing manufacturing plant in Atlanta, Georgia in 2006.
Lead counsel to national charter school in connection with purchase and development of real estate for charter schools in Georgia, Colorado, Ohio and Texas between 2006 and 2008.
Experience includes representation as closing counsel in more than 100 sales of REO commercial and residential property, and representation as closing counsel in numerous closings of commercial property.
Lead counsel to receiver in connection with multiple court-approved sales of operating properties in Georgia and South Carolina in 2014 and 2015.
Insurance CoveragePolicyholder insurance coverage for asbestos claims involving primary and excess policies of more than $100 million
Lead counsel on behalf of policyholder in connection with insurance coverage for asbestos claims. Claims involved primary and excess policies in excess of $100 million. Obtained favorable ruling on summary judgment.
- Policyholder insurance and indemnity claims exceeding $14 million, arising from the construction of a distribution warehouse in Pennsylvania
Lead counsel on behalf of policyholder in connection with insurance and indemnity claims arising from the construction of a distribution warehouse in the State of Pennsylvania. Dispute involved pursuit of subcontractors and their insurers for defense and indemnity with litigation in three states. The claims at issue exceeded $14 million.
Lead counsel on behalf of policyholder in connection with multi-million dollar D&O insurance claims arising from civil suit against officers and directors involving fraud, negligence and breach of contract claims. The matter also involved criminal allegations.
- Policyholder general liability carrier for general contractor and general liability carrier for numerous subcontractors dispute, alleging defective construction at a warehouse distribution facility in Texas
Lead counsel on behalf of policyholder in connection with litigation arising from alleged defective construction at a warehouse distribution facility in the State of Texas. Dispute involved general liability carrier for general contractor and general liability carrier for numerous subcontractors. The claims at issue exceeded $4 million.
- Policyholder dispute with claims of defective construction at a manufacturing plant in Alabama, in excess of $1 million
Lead counsel on behalf of policyholder, a general contractor, in connection with claims of defective construction at a manufacturing plant in the State of Alabama. Dispute involved claims in excess of $1 million that resulted in litigation with subcontractors and their general liability insurers as well as dispute with general contractor's general liability insurer.
Lead counsel on behalf of policyholder, a manufacturer, in connection with coverage litigation related to a consumer class action pending and numerous national retailers in the State of Illinois. Dispute involved litigation with general liability carrier for manufacturer. The claims at issue exceed $1 million.
- Policyholder general contractor and engineering firm defective construction claims dispute in North Carolina, claims exceeded $2 million
Lead counsel on behalf of policyholders, a general contractor and an engineering firm, in connection with claims of defective construction at a $70 million distribution warehouse in the State of North Carolina. Dispute involved general liability carrier for general contractor and general liability carrier for numerous subcontractors. The claims exceeded $2 million.
Lead counsel on behalf of policyholder in litigation with E&O carrier over coverage for design allegations made in connection with claims of faulty construction at a $70 million distribution warehouse in the State of North Carolina.
The firm handled the real estate and opportunity zone structuring for a $25 million adaptive re-use project for a developer on the west side of the Atlanta Beltline that also involves state and federal historic tax credits.
The firm structured all aspects of an opportunity zone real estate investment, including forming the Qualified Opportunity Fund, of a $50 million adaptive re-use project in Greenville, South Carolina including a brewery, retail and a multifamily component.
Assisted a fund manager in evaluating, structuring, and executing on three transactions that qualified for the Opportunity Zone Program.
Represented policyholder in coverage litigation where client sought a declaratory judgment and damages against two insurers that issued $117 million in primary and excess commercial general liability insurance coverage. The Georgia Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s partial ruling for policyholder and reversed that portion of the trial court’s ruling adverse to the policyholder. The Court of Appeals ruled that the policyholder is entitled to its ...
- Policyholder dispute involving defective construction claims at a $20 million distribution warehouse in Oregon
Lead counsel on behalf of policyholder in connection with claims of defective construction at a $20 million distribution warehouse in the State of Oregon. Dispute involved general liability carrier for general contractor and general liability carrier for numerous subcontractors. The claims at issue exceeded $2 million.
Lead counsel on behalf of policyholders in connection with claims against carriers for coverage under disability policies.
Lead counsel on behalf of policyholder in connection with denial of benefits under accidental death insurance policy.
Lead coverage counsel on behalf of governmental entity in connection with coverage of multi-million dollar discrimination claims alleged by current and former employees.
Represented policyholder under E&O policy in connection with alleged failure of insurance professional to properly report and handle claim on behalf of insured claimant. The claims at issue exceeded $2 million.
Represented policyholder under life insurance policy in face amount of $1 million. Following denial of insurer’s motion for summary judgment, obtained favorable settlement at mediation.
- March 8, 2018
- April 26, 2016
- "Insurance for the Project: When it Helps and When it's Worthless," Construction Law for the General Practitioner, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia SeminarApril 14, 2016
- State Bar of Georgia Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Insurance Coverage for Faulty Construction Claims2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
- June 19, 2014
- "Preparing for and Attending the Closing," Closing Georgia Commercial Real Estate TransactionsJune 19, 2014
- "Insurance Coverage for Business Torts," Georgia Trial Lawyers Association2011
- October 4, 2016
- "Commercial/General Liability Coverage of Faulty Construction Claims," Tort and Ins. L.J. 33: 2571997
- "Statutory Deconstruction: An Examination of Critical Legal Studies in Context," Cumberland Law Review 26: 4591996
- December 6, 2019
- June 19, 2019
- December 6, 2018
- May 8, 2018
- June 3, 2017
- June 3, 2017
- May 31, 2017
- August 1, 2016
- December 5, 2019
- Taylor English Honored with Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation’s Safe & Stable Homes Firm of the Year AwardNovember 13, 2019
- December 6, 2018
- Ten Attorneys Also Recognized as Leaders in Their FieldsMay 30, 2017
- Six Attorneys Also Recognized as Leaders in Their FieldsMay 27, 2016
- Taylor English Earns National Recognition for Three Practices, Six Attorneys Recognized as Leaders in Their FieldMay 28, 2015
- May 23, 2014
- December 5, 2012
- April 2, 2012
- February 18, 2010
- March 31, 2020
- Real Estate
- Lending and Corporate Finance
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Financial Institutions
The University of Georgia, JD, cum laude, 1992
The University of Georgia, BBA, accounting, cum laude, 1983
Courts & Adjudicative Bodies
Georgia Superior Courts
Georgia State Courts
Court of Appeals of Georgia
Supreme Court of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
"2013 Top Lawyer" in Construction, ALM and Martindale-Hubbell
Georgia Trend's Legal Elite, Construction Law, 2019
Georgia Trend's Legal Elite, Real Estate Law, 2012, 2018-2019