Rod’s practice consists primarily of commercial real estate, like-kind exchanges, business transactions and simple estate planning. Rod helps clients buy and sell their businesses and resolve title and contract issues. He has experience with all types of commercial real estate including mixed use development, full and limited service hospitality, office building, public and private easements, timber land, office leases and ground leases. Rod represents clients across North Carolina, but the majority of his clients are east of Greensboro. If you have a vision for your business or real estate, Rod would like to help you realize it.
Rod was with the firm of Pinna, Johnston & Burwell, P.A. (predecessor to Envisage Law) from 1980 to 1997 and from 2010 to 2020. In between, he was general counsel for a local developer that started with acquisition and management of hotels and expanded into mixed use developments with office, condominium, retail, hotel and marina components. Rod graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, with honors, and from Campbell University School of Law, where he was managing editor of the Campbell Law Review. Rod has prepared and presented continuing legal education courses in real estate and like-kind exchanges.
Rod grew up in Charlotte and still has family and clients there, but he has lived in Raleigh since graduating from college. He came to the area for law school, saw everything the Triangle had to offer and stayed. Rod enjoys kayaking on Falls Lake with his wife, being a bit of a big kid with his grandchildren and fishing with anybody. One of Rod’s greatest joys is serving with his wife in their church.