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Practice Areas

Collison “Chip” F. Royer’s focus is on providing effective, efficient and responsive counsel to his clients. He specializes in real estate (including residential development, leasing, construction, commercial/industrial land acquisition and finance), business, and banking.

From difficult title issues to contract negotiations to outside the box financing structures, Chip specializes in all aspects of the purchase and sale of large residential development and commercial properties. He also represents banks in various commercial loan transactions and has led negotiations and settlements on behalf of banks and borrowers in connection with various loan and credit defaults. Chip regularly helps businesses with formation, sales/acquisitions and business redevelopment strategy/workouts.

Chip also represents buyers and sellers of residential real estate. Having conducted thousands of closings, he is experienced with all aspects of the buying and selling process and enjoys being personally involved in each transaction. Chip regularly assists home buyers and sellers with title issues and contract matters. Chip has also helped numerous clients with construction loans and all other aspects of custom home building.

Drawing on his sports contract and licensing experience, Chip regularly counsels collegiate athletes on matters relating to the NCAA’s recent monetization of student athlete names, images and likenesses, including negotiating sponsorships and endorsements as well as licensing the use of intellectual property for apparel and other products. Chip is one of the founders of Hook Sports Marketing, a Charlottesville-based marketing agency representing UVA athletes for NIL transactions. Chip has worked with athletes Diana Ordonez, Kihei Clark, Reece Beekman and others on marketing and promotional opportunities.

Chip Royer graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia and is also a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. He served as General Counsel for the Paramount Theater of Charlottesville, Inc., and on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Chip is a member of the Board of Directors and general counsel for Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, Virginia, and its affiliates. He also serves on the Board of Directors of SOCA/Virginia Soccer Alliance.

Chip began his legal career as an associate with the Houston, Texas based law firm of Bracewell & Patterson, LLP, now known as Bracewell, LLP. There, Chip Royer spent much of his time assisting general counsel with the construction of large public venues, including NBA and NFL stadiums. Chip also served for two years as Asset Manager, General Counsel and Chief Restructuring Officer for Charlottesville-based Mosaico, LLC, having overseen the nationally acclaimed turnaround of Ohio’s Hartstone Pottery as well as the acquisition and redevelopment of large commercial and industrial real estate sites in several states. Clients benefit from Chip Royer’s unique perspective as a lawyer and former executive. Chip is also formerly associated with the Chick-fil-A Bowl and Atlanta Sports Council.

Chip is originally from Richmond, Virginia.

Typical Transactions

• Representation of banks and borrowers (including builders and developers) for loans, loan workouts, collateral repositioning, and loan negotiations (asset/credit reallocation and management)
• All aspects of residential development and construction
• Purchases of large industrial/commercial land projects and developments and Multi-family and high density residential properties/apartments
• Foreclosures
• Development of business strategy for large land holding corporations and real estate developers
• Trustee Actions/Foreclosures (ranging from dwellings to substantial development and commercial properties)
• Commercial leases with top retailers for retail and distribution space
• Significant experience with businesses in restaurant, food, beverage, and retail categories (including ABC laws)
• General counsel for business entities
• Trademarks and licensing agreements, including collegiate licensing with third party and university-direct licensors
• Representation of Purchasers and Sellers of large farm and estate parcels
• Construction loans
• Residential closings
• Short sales, especially high end property sales and work-outs


• J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2001
• B.A., University of Virginia (With Distinction), Phi Beta Kappa, 1996


• Virginia State Bar
• Texas State Bar

Professional and Civic Participation

• Regional Representative to the Virginia State Bar’s Real Property Section
• Leadership Charlottesville, Class of 2003
• Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association