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Kenneth J. Abner

Kenneth J. Abner, Attorney
Kenneth J. Abner

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Commercial Real Estate Law and Corporate and Transactional Law

Clients benefit from Kenny’s unusual breadth of transactional law experience that spans both commercial real estate and corporate law.

His career began at a large Charlotte law firm where his practice was split between representing commercial and multifamily real estate developers and handling mergers, acquisitions and general corporate matters for small and mid-size companies. Kenny also spent several years as general counsel with a full-service real estate development firm where he participated in the management and ownership of development projects.

Kenny draws upon his diverse background to assist and advise each of his clients at Bishop, Dulaney, Joyner & Abner. His experience makes him especially skilled at navigating clients through the nuances of commercial real estate and corporate law.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Business Succession Planning
  • Business Formation and Financing
  • General Business and Corporate Governance

Comprehensive Commercial Real Estate Representation

Kenny represents owners and developers of commercial and multifamily property in all facets including:

  • Purchase and sale transactions
  • Negotiating and closing acquisitions
  • Construction and permanent financing
  • Negotiating and closing mezzanine and equity financing
  • Structuring joint ventures

He also has extensive experience in various entitlement processes, including rezoning, site plan approval, building permits and agreements with CDOT, CMUD and other local government agencies and utilities. Kenny regularly represents landlords and tenants in negotiating leases, lease extensions, terminations, and subordination agreements.

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Experienced Corporate Attorney

Kenny’s corporate law practice services the full life cycle of a business, with particular emphasis on business ownership and transfer issues, including:

  • Framing start-up structure
  • Assisting business purchase or sale
  • Preparing shareholder and operating agreements
  • Implementing employee stock option and bonus plans

He also routinely assists business owners with a variety of other corporate matters, ranging from bank financing (including SBA loans) to employment and general business contracts.


Georgetown University Law Center

  • Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 1995
  • Order of the Coif

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with Distinction, 1992
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Morehead Scholar

Community Leadership and Involvement

  • South Charlotte Recreation Association (former board member)
  • Uptown Church
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