H. Chervis Isom

Senior Counsel
1400 Wells Fargo Tower
420 20th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
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 Practice Group.  Over the past 30 years, he 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 Alabama 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


  • Alabama, 1967


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