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H. Chervis Isom

Senior Counsel
Birmingham
T: 205.250.8302
F: 205.488.3702

Chervis Isom, senior counsel in the Firm's Birmingham office, served as the former chair of the Real Estate Group.

Professional Biography

Overview

Over the past 30 years, Mr. Isom has assisted many of the leading developers in the South in developing, leasing, financing and disposing of commercial real estate properties of all kinds, including retail and mixed use properties, office, industrial, business parks, and multi-family projects. 

During past years, he headed the legal team for a large department store in its expansion, negotiating at least 20 transactions with major enclosed mall developers, including ground leases, build-to-suit leases and fee ownership transactions.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed since 2003 in Band One of Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law, continuously since 1987
  • Designated as a Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" in Real Estate Law for Birmingham; only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored (2010)
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers, Real Estate Law since 2008  
  • Listed among top 50 attorneys in Alabama by Alabama Super Lawyers (2008 – 2011)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Name a "Top 50 Over 50" by Positive Maturity (2016)
  • Named as one of Birmingham's 2015 "Lifetime Achievement" Top Lawyers by B-Metro magazine
  • Named by Birmingham magazine as one of "Birmingham's Top Attorneys" in Commercial Real Estate (2011 – 2015)
  • Elected to the American College of Mortgage Attorneys
  • Member – American, Alabama and Birmingham Bar Associations
  • Associate Member – International Council of Shopping Centers
Civic Activities
  • Norton Board of Advisors, Birmingham-Southern College
  • Board member – Norwood Resource Center, a non-profit corporation
  • Board member – Birmingham Arts Journal, a non-profit corporation
  • Board member and vice president – Four Spirits, Inc., a non-profit corporation
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Awards

Education

  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1967
    • Member, Curia Honoris
  • Birmingham Southern College, B.A., 1962

Admissions

  • Alabama, 1967

Chervis Isom has a wealth of experience acting on the development, leasing and financing of real estate for a wide range of developer clients.

Senior counsel Chervis Isom commands a masterful reputation as 'the grandfather of real estate in Alabama' and 'the best in the state.' He has been practicing law for almost 50 years, specializing in real estate for more than 36, and continues to focus on representing shopping center developers. 

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