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“Commercial real estate transactions are a tangible sign of economic development and progress. It has been my privilege to represent developers, investors, lenders, and growing businesses for more than 25 years, as an integral legal resource for their projects.”

Drew English focuses his practice on commercial real estate acquisition and development. He is engaged in all phases of his clients’ projects, including property acquisition, leasing, permitting and entitlements, development agreements, permanent loan facilities and refinancings, and dispositions of operating centers.

Drew represents lenders in acquisition and development financing, refinancings of existing loan facilities, and workouts of nonperforming loans. He also maintains a corporate practice, negotiating and drafting joint venture agreements, operating agreements and shareholder agreements for limited liability companies and corporations. Prior to focusing his practice on transactions, Drew litigated real estate matters and title insurance claims, representing clients in trial and appellate courts throughout South Carolina. 

Best Lawyers in America® has recognized Drew since 2015 in Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, Corporate Law, and Real Estate Law. He has been ranked by clients and peers among the “Legal Elite of the Midlands” and received an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Drew is a graduate of Wofford College and the University of South Carolina School of Law.


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1998
  • Wofford College, B.A., 1995

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina


  • Best Lawyers in America® – Real Estate Law (2015-2024), Commercial Transactions/UCC Law (2020-2024), Corporate Law (2021-2023)
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Legal Elite of the Midlands – Commercial Real Estate (2019-2020), Corporate Business (2013-2014)

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • South Carolina Bar
  • Richland County Bar
  • Friends of the University of South Carolina School of Music – Board of Directors
  • Greater Columbia Educational Advancement Foundation – Board of Directors
  • Counsel to regional commercial developers in the acquisition and development of real property for commercial shopping centers anchored by a major national retailer throughout South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina.
  • Counsel to state governmental agencies in the acquisition and development of real property for a state farmers’ market.
  • Counsel to a timber investment management organization (TIMO) in the acquisition, management, and divestiture of timber assets throughout the Southeast.
  • Counsel to real estate developer in restructuring and securitized refinancing of shopping centers in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia totaling more than $170 million.
  • Counsel to regional concerns in acquisition of $40 million revolving credit facility for company stock repurchase.
  • Counsel to regional firm in acquisition of assets of target with operations in Georgia, Virginia and New Jersey.
  • Five Questions with Drew English” on the Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank collapse, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly, May 2023
  • Title Insurance Issues, CLE seminars, past speaker
  • Real Estate Closings, University of South Carolina School of Law, guest speaker