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William P. McElveen, Jr.

  • P 803.212.4957
    F 803.343.1228

William “Bill” P. McElveen Jr. joined Adams and Reese in 2013 as a Partner following the firm’s expansion into Columbia. He has served as the Chairman of the Firm's Executive Committee (2016-2017).

Bill is the former managing shareholder of Ellis Lawhorne before the firm’s merger with Adams and Reese.

Practicing law since 1984, Bill has a diverse real estate and banking and finance practice, serving as counsel for real estate developers in a variety of projects including office and retail development, industrial projects, historic rehabilitation projects, brownfield developments, healthcare facilities, student housing projects, educational facilities, and condominium projects.

He serves as counsel to national and regional banks and other institutional lenders on office and retail development projects; industrial facilities; asset-based financings; credit enhancements to support bond financing; dormitory and sports complex financings for educational institutions; and troubled debt restructuring and workouts.

Bill is listed in Best Lawyers and also South Carolina Super Lawyers for Real Estate and Banking.

Bill’s representative experience includes:

  • Rehabilitation of a downtown city block to create a multi-level office building, art museum and public plaza.
  • Conversion of a downtown office tower to residential apartments utilizing conventional bank financing and tax credit financing.
  • Lead counsel to a preferred developer for two national retail companies on projects in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia.
  • Bank counsel on numerous tax exempt loans to hospitals, educational institutions and various non-profit organizations.
  • Bank counsel on secured credit facility to support acquisition and development activities for a national shopping center developer on projects in several states along the East coast.

An active member of the South Carolina Bar, Bill is a member of the Corporate, Banking and Securities Section and the Real Estate Practices Section – of which he is a past chair. He previously served on the boards of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and Hammond School, and currently serves on the board of directors of Junior Achievement of the Midlands and on the Executive Committee of the Midlands Business Leadership Group.

Bill received his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1984, and he earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of South Carolina in 1980.