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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. Chip’s specialties include leading negotiations and settlements on behalf of banks and borrowers in connection with various loan and credit defaults as well as representing banks in various commercial loan transactions. Chip regularly acts as a trustee for foreclosure proceedings involving commercial and residential real estate. He also assists businesses with formation, sales and acquisitions, organizational restructuring, trademarks, licensing and business redevelopment strategy and workouts.

Chip also represents buyers and sellers of residential real estate. Having conducted hundreds 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, contract disputes, short sale negotiations and foreclosure issues. Chip has also helped numerous clients with construction loans and all other aspects of custom home building.

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 is a member of the Board of Directors and general counsel for Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, Virginia, and its affiliates.

Chip began his legal career as an associate with the Houston, Texas, based law firm of Bracewell & Patterson, LLP, now known as Bracewell & Giuliani, 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

Education

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

Affiliations

• 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