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H. Chervis Isom

Senior Counsel

As a former chair of the Firm's Real Estate Group, Chervis Isom provides clients assistance with developing, leasing, financing, and disposing of commercial real estate properties.

Professional Biography

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.

  • Listed since 2003 in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Real Estate Law, continuously since 1987
  • Designated as a Best Lawyers' "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
  • 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


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


  • Alabama, 1967

Chervis Isom is respected as an established real estate practitioner, with noted experience advising on the development of various commercial properties. He is held in high regard by market sources, with one peer referring to him as 'one of the all-time best real estate lawyers anywhere.'

Chervis Isom offers long-standing experience across a wide range of transactions in the real estate arena and is described by one interviewee as 'the top real estate lawyer in the state of Alabama.'

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