Weiner, Shearouse, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe opens Bluffton office

Law firm hosting open house in Bluffton on November 19 at new Bluffton office

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SAVANNAH, GA – Weiner, Shearouse, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe, one of Savannah’s oldest and most trusted law firms, is celebrating the grand opening of its new office in Bluffton, S.C., to better serve its growing real estate, estate planning and civil litigation clientele in South Carolina.

The firm will host an Open House on November 19 from 4-7 pm to welcome its new neighbors in Bluffton. Anyone is welcome to attend and light refreshments will be served.

Helen Hester

Helen Hester, who was recently peer-selected for the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in the area of Real Estate Law, will be the lead attorney for the Bluffton office, working together with South Carolina attorneys Stuart Halpern, Scottie Hendrix and Keri Martin as well as the WSWGS support staff. The Bluffton office will concentrate on commercial and residential real estate, real estate litigation, complex business litigation, commercial litigation, construction litigation and estate planning.

Since 1961, WSWGS has provided legal services to clients in Georgia and South Carolina. WSWGS was included in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings in the areas of Real Estate Law and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants. The firm consists of 15 attorneys and a large support staff support staff who share a respect for the practice of law and our legal/judicial system as well as the ethical responsibilities inherent to the practice of law.

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Stephen F. Greenberg to be Honored with Levy Award

WSWGS partner Stephen F Greenberg will receive the Jack Malitz Levy Leadership Award on April 26, 2020 at the Jewish Educational Alliance. The Levy Leadership Award is the the highest honor given by the Savannah Jewish Federation, and Mr. Greenberg is only the eighth recipient of the Levy Award since it was established more than 30 years ago.

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Stephen F. Greenberg

It is hard to imagine a way that one could provide service to the Savannah community that Steve Greenberg has not done. Over the past 44 years, Mr. Greenberg has been president of Leadership Savannah, Voluntary Action Center, Savannah Jaycees, Leadership Savannah’s Graduate Program, and Educate Chatham Foundation. He served as a Commissioner for the Housing Authority of Savannah from 1992 to 1997 and 2004 to 2010. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Man of the Year Award for the Savannah Jaycees and also a recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award for the National Association for Community Leadership. He has also been active with the United Way of the Coastal Empire, having served on the Board and acted as legal counsel during various terms.

A partner at Weiner, Shearouse, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe, LLP, Mr. Greenberg’s practice is a combination of real estate, business, estate, and creditor bankruptcy work. He has earned peer-review distinctions as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” and “Super Lawyers.” Within the legal community, Mr. Greenberg has served on the Executive Committee of the Real Property Section of the State Bar of Georgia and was on the Executive Committee of the Savannah Bar Association for a number of years. He is also recipient of the 2005 Justice Robert E. Benhem Community Service Award given by the State Bar of Georgia and the 2012 John B. Miller Award given by the Savannah Bar Association for Service to the Community.

“Mr. Greenberg has been my law partner for over 25 years,” said Savannah Jewish Federation President, Edwin Byck. “In that time he has mentored me and my other contemporaries in the ethical and professional way to run our business, community and family life. The impact he has made to younger generations cannot be overstated.”

“One might wonder is this the same Steve Greenberg who often sits quietly in a meeting with no comments,” said former Jewish Education Alliance and Savannah Jewish Federation President Paul Kulbersh. “Even while sitting there, I know that he is giving the agenda his full attention and he does not miss anything. When a log jam is reached, someone in the meeting will invariably ask, ‘Steve, what do you think? Give us your opinion”. His opinions are always well thought out and may times he can summarize 30 minutes of debate in five minutes. And many of us may then think, ‘Wow I did not think that he was listening!’ When given a task, everyone can be assured that the final result will be well thought out and accomplished in a first class manner. Quiet, unassuming and thoughtful, that is the Steve Greenberg who we are honoring.”

Hailing from Waycross, Georgia, Mr. Greenberg certainly appreciated his small Jewish community and when he came to Savannah (after attending the University of Georgia for undergraduate and his law degree), he dove in “head first” into this community. Over the past four decades he has been President of the JEA (1989-1991), Savannah Jewish Federation (2013- 2015), and been a member of more committees, strategic plans, and allocations committees than anyone can remember. Known for his “level headedness” and fairness, Mr. Greenberg is one of the community “go tos” when there are “differences of opinion.” Perhaps it is his legal training or vast experience, but Mr. Greenberg is admired for always “taking the high road.”

Most recently, Steve has co chaired the YESOD community leadership program. Over the last two years, Mr. Greenberg has invested in a new generation of leaders, sharing his many experiences in the Jewish and secular community. He has invested hundreds of hours and the “payback” has been immediate. Like most things Mr. Greenberg does, it was effective, thoughtful, and meaningful to those that he touched.

Stephen F. Greenberg is married to Sally Konter Greenberg. They have two sons, Greg (Susan) and Matt (Karina) and three grandchildren, Eleanor and Grant, and Leo. When someone first reads these accolades, one may wonder how Mr. Greenberg could have time to accomplish all of these positions and still be a much sought after attorney and a wonderful husband and father. Mr. Greenberg is also a son who faithfully and lovingly takes care of his beautiful Mother, Geri Greenberg (and a son who loved and adored his incomparable Father, Big Marv).

The entire WSWGS family congratulates Stephen F. Greenberg on this incredible honor!

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Seven WSWGS attorneys selected for 2020 edition of Best Lawyers

William W. Shearouse, Jr., Stephen F. Greenberg, Mark T. Shawe, Malcolm Mackenzie, III, Edwin Byck, William G. Glass and Helen Hester selected.

Weiner, Shearouse, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe attorneys William W. Shearouse, Jr., Stephen F. Greenberg, Mark T. Shawe, Malcolm Mackenzie, III, Edwin Byck, William G. Glass and Helen Hesterhave been peer-selected to be included in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers.

Best Lawyers is the only purely peer-review guide to the legal profession, andattorneys named to Best Lawyers lists were recognized by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence in 145 practice areas. Best Lawyers is 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. 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. Greenberg is listed in the area of Real Estate Law. His practice consists of a combination of real estate, business estate, and creditor 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. 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.”

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. Byck is listed in the area of Real Estate Law. He specializes in commercial real estate law with an emphasis on small business lending for 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).

Mr. Glass is listed in the areas of Litigation – Real Estate and Real Estate Law. He practices in commercial and residential real estate finance, acquisitions, development and leasing, business transactions and administration, and civil litigation. Mr. Glass is a member of the Georgia and Savannah Bar Associations. He is active in several charities, including the Homebuilders Assocation of Georgia Savannah Chapter, Congregation Mickve Israel and UTime Savannah.

Ms. Hester is listed in the area of Real Estate Law. She focuses her practice in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, real estate litigation, complex business litigation, commercial litigation, and construction litigation. She was selected as a Rising Star in the area of Real Estate Law by Georgia Super Lawyers in 2017 and 2018.

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Weiner, Shearouse, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe welcomes attorney H.L. Scottie Hendrix II

Commercial real and residential real estate attorney H.L. Scottie Hendrix, II, has joined the law firm of Weiner, Shearouse, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe.

Scottie-HendrixMr. Hendrix is a Savannah native whose practice focuses in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, general business, and transactional law. Prior to joining WSWGS, Mr. Hendrix clerked for the Honorable Doyet A. (Jack) Early, III in Bamberg, South Carolina.

Mr. Hendrix received an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in 2004 and was employed at the United States Army Corps of Engineers, where he resolved real property and contract related disputes. Mr. Hendrix the worked for Norfolk Southern Railway, where he was responsible for drafting and reviewing real estate contracts and negotiating the purchase, sale, and lease of the company’s industrial, commercial, residential, and agricultural property interests in Georgia, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Mr. Hendrix is a member of the South Carolina Bar and the State Bar of Georgia and graduated Cum Laude from the Charleston School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Hendrix interned at the South Carolina Supreme Court for Justice Kaye G. Hearn, and later with Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.

He was also selected to be a Writing Fellow within the Legal Writing Department, served on the Federal Courts Law Review Editorial Board and was elected Chairman of the Honor Council. Mr. Hendrix is a Freemason, and a member of the Alee Temple Shriners and Keystone Kops.

Please visit www.wswgs.com to learn more about Mr. Hendrix and Weiner, Shearouse, Weitz, Greenberg and Shawe, LLP.

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Weiner, Shearouse, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe, LLP has been practicing law in Savannah and the surrounding area since being founded in 1961. The firm provides a wide range of legal services that touch many different areas of law, including real estate, civil trial work, business transactions, SBA financing, municipal law, estate planning and guardianships, creditor bankruptcy representation, domestic relations, criminal, insurance defense and mediation. Please visit www.wswgs.com to learn more about Weiner, Shearouse, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe, LLP.

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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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