Weiner, Shearouse, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe, LLP listed in 2019 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

Weiner, Shearouse, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe, LLP is included in 2019 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers the “Best Law Firms” rankings in the areas of Real Estate Law and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.

cropped-wswgs_wordpress.jpgFirms included in the 2019 Edition of “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

The fim’s Real Estate Law practice received a Tier 1 ranking and the firm’s Personal Injury Law – Defendant practice received a Tier 2 ranking. The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a combination of client feedback, information provided on the Law Firm Survey, the Law Firm Leaders Survey and peer review. ‘Best Lawyers” is the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession, and a listing in “Best Lawyers” or “Best Law Firms” is widely regarded as a significant honor.

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Weiner, Shearouse, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe, LLP completes renovations on law firm’s historic building at 14 E. State Street

Weiner, Shearous14 East State Streete, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe, LLP, recently completed substantial renovations to the firm’s building at 14 East State Street to meet Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF) criteria.

After a substantial iron cornice piece fell from the roof edge of the three-story building eight years ago, the firm elected to reroof the building, reinstall a cornice that meets HSF criteria and approvals, restore stucco and repoint brick as needed, and repaint the entirety of the building. After several months of scaffolding covering the face of the building, the firm was able to proudly unveil the restored façade of the building in August and reveal the newly installed cornice exhibiting the architectural detail found in historic and archived photos.

Chatham County Tax Assessor records indicate original construction of the building now known as 14 East State Street occurred around the year 1870, and it has become a fixture in the Downton Savannah business community. The law firm of Friedman, Haslam and Weiner, which would later become Weiner, Shearouse, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe, LLP, first acquired the building and adjacent parking lot in 1971 and began occupying the building a year later after renovations were completed.

In 2001, the firm successfully acquired the adjacent two-story building and renovated the addition to create passageways between the two buildings as well as a main entrance and lobby on the ground floor.  The combined structures now known as 14 E. State Street currently houses 15 attorneys and approximately 30 support staff in the general practice of law.

Weiner, Shearouse, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe, LLP elected to utilize local contractors to complete the structural renovations. Several local businesses contributed to the success of the renovations to the exterior of the building, including Greenline Architecture, Savannah Construction and Preservation,  Bonitz Roofing and Page’s Painting LLC.

“Our firm is proud to be able to practice law in a structure with historic significance, and we are proud that we were able to complete the work necessary to uphold the Historic Savannah Foundation’s guidelines,” said firm partner Mark T. Shawe. “The firm looks forward to a long stay in its newly renovated building and remaining a fixture on Wright Square for many years to come.”

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FBI Report shows email fraud taking place through real estate transactions

A report by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center indicates the number of victims of email fraud involving real estate transactions rose more than 1,000 percent between 2015 to 2017 and losses rose more than 2,000 percent. Nearly 10,000 people reported Image result for real estate fraudbeing victims of this kind of fraud in 2017 with losses over $56 million. Real estate is just one segment of what the FBI calls “business email compromise” fraud which has resulted in approximately $12 billion in losses over the past five years. But for home buyers, the fraud can be particularly catastrophic. Click Hackers target real estate deals, with devastating impact to learn more about this epidemic problem and how to keep you and your family safe during real estate transactions.

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Six WSWGS attorneys selected for 2019 edition of Best Lawyers

Weiner, Shearouse, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe attorneys William W. Shearouse, Jr., Malcolm Mackenzie, III, Mark T. Shawe, Edwin Byck, William G. Glass and Stephen F. Greenberg have been peer-selected to be included in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers.

Best Lawyers is the only purely peer-review guide to the legal profession, and attorneys named to Best Lawyers lists were recognized by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence in 145 practice areas. For the 2019 version of Best Lawyers, nearly 7.8 million votes were analyzed, and Best Lawyers remains the most visible peer-ranking in the legal industry, partnering with local, regional, and national publications across the globe.

Mr. Shearouse is listed in the practice areas of Municipal Law and Real Estate Law. HeWilliam W. Shearouse, Jr(final) practices primarily in the areas of commercial and residential real estate transactions, land development and general business. He assists clients with acquisitions, planning, development, operation, leasing, and sales of real property. He also serves as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Savannah, and has served as Judge Pro-Tem of the Savannah-Chatham County Recorder’s Court.

Mr. Mackenzie is listed in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants. Malcom Mackenzie IIIMr. Mackenzie is a trial lawyer with nearly 30 years of experience handling a wide array of civil matters, including personal injury, wrongful death, workers’ compensation, employment and business litigation and white collar criminal defense. He has represented corporations, insurers and municipal governments as well as individuals. He is also a neutral (mediator) registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Shawe is listed in the area of Real Estate Law. He practices law in the areas of generalMark T. Shawe 1 business, corporate law and entity formations, residential and commercial real estate, transactional law, condominium formation and conversions, estate planning and probate, real property foreclosures, mechanics and materialmen’s liens. Mr. Shawe has earned an “AV” Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell Law Directory and has been peer selected as one of “Georgia’s Top Lawyers.”

Mr. Greenberg is listed in the area of Real Estate Law. His practice consists of a combination of real estate, business estate, and Stephen F. Greenberg 2creditor bankruptcy work, and he effectively and successfully represents business concerns, lenders and individuals. Mr. Greenberg’s practice in the areas of commercial and residential real estate transactions, general business estate, and creditor bankruptcy representation is based on fundamental principles such as providing personal attention to each of his clients, being attentive to details and responding promptly to his clients.

Mr. Glass is listed in the area of Real Estate Law. He practices inBill Glass 3 commercial and residential real estate finance, acquisitions, development and leasing, business transactions and administration, and civil litigation.

Mr. Byck is listed in the area of Real Estate Law. He specializes in commercial real estate law with an emphasis on small business lending Edwin Byck 3for business clients. Mr. Byck is one of only a handful of attorneys in the Southeast Georgia area who is designated as a 504 Closing Attorney by the U.S. Small Business Administration and is a member of the regional liaison committee for the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL) and an affiliate member of the National Association of Development Companies (NADCO).

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Hester selected as a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star!

Weiner, Shearouse, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe attorney Helen Hester has been honored by being selected a Rising Star in the area of Real Estate Law by Georgia Super Lawyers.

Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Rising Stars are attorneys 40 years old or younger or who have been in practice for 10 years or less, and no more than 2.5 percent of the qualifying attorneys in Georgia are selected for Rising Stars.

Ms. Hester focuses her practice in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, real estate litigation, complex business litigation, commercial litigation, and construction litigation. Ms. Hester is admitted to practice in the States of Georgia and South Carolina, and has handled a variety of matters at local, state, federal and appellate levels.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Go to Helen Hester’s Bio for more information about Ms. Hester!

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Weiner, Shearouse, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe Listed in 2018 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in two practice areas

Weiner, Shearouse, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe is listed in the 2018 U.S. News and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings in two practice areas, Real Estate Law and Personal Injury – Defendants.

Law firms listed in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings are selected based on ratings from clients and peers as well as acknowledged or demonstrated excellence in the chosen practice areas. Being ranked also reflects a high level of respect a firm has earned within the legal profession.

“It’s a tremendous statement about the character and integrity of our firm to be ranked among the country’s elite law firms,” said senior partner William W. Shearouse, Jr. “Our clients place their trust and faith in our abilities, and we strive to meet our own high standards in representing every client. This ranking certainly demonstrates that we are accomplishing our goal of being fully committed to our clients.”

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William W. Shearouse, Jr., Malcolm Mackenzie, III and Mark T. Shawe selected for The Best Lawyers in America

Weiner, Shearouse, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe partners William W. Shearouse, Jr., Malcolm Mackenzie, III, and Mark T. Shawe have been peer-selected to be included in The Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Shearouse is listed in the practice area of Real Estate Law. He practices primarily in the areas of commercial and residential real estate transactions, land development and general business. He assists clients with acquisitions, planning, development, operation, leasing, and sales of real property. He also serves as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Savannah, and has served as Judge Pro-Term of the Savannah-Chatham County Recorder’s Court.

Mr. Mackenzie is listed in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants. Mr. Mackenzie is a trial lawyer with nearly 30 years of experience handling a wide array of civil matters, including personal injury, wrongful death, workers’ compensation, employment and business litigation and white collar criminal defense. He has represented corporations, insurers and municipal governments as well as individuals. He is also a neutral (mediator) registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Shawe is listed in the area of real estate law. He practices law in the areas of general business, corporate law and entity formations, residential and commercial real estate, transactional law, condominium formation and conversions, estate planning and probate, real property foreclosures, mechanics and materialmen’s liens. Mr. Shawe has earned an “AV” Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell Law Directory and has been peer selected as one of “Georgia’s Top Lawyers.”

Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey by top attorneys. The Best Lawyers in America is one of the most visible publications in the legal profession and is partnered with the most respected publications in the world, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune and many more.

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