Brett D. Budlong

Brett D. Budlong is a partner in the Charleston office of Graybill, Lansche & Vinzani, LLC. Brett’s practice focuses primarily on commercial real estate development and financing transactions.

In this role, Brett regularly advises developers, investors, lenders, buyers and sellers with regard to financing, land use and development, planned unit developments (PUD’s), construction, real estate title insurance, easements, and all aspects of structuring commercial loan, CMBS, and business transactions. Brett has a robust commercial leasing practice, working with national and regional developers in the leasing of office, retail, mixed use, and triple net properties throughout the United States, as well as utilizing his vast landlord leasing experience to assist tenants in their own lease negotiations.

Brett often serves as Georgia and South Carolina local counsel to out of state lenders, borrowers, and sellers and regularly provides legal opinions and guidance with respect to such transactions.

In addition to a focus on traditional real estate advisory, Brett regularly advises and assists his private equity and investor clients in complex negotiations of joint venture agreements and other development and asset management arrangements.

Brett has achieved the LEED Green Associate designation from the U.S. Green Building Council and has presented at numerous continuing education seminars on various real estate topics. Brett previously worked in the Real Estate and Structured & Real Estate Finance group of a large international law firm before joining Graybill, Lansche & Vinzani, LLC.

Check out this recent appearance on M&A Talk Podcast. M&A Talk is the #1 podcast on mergers & acquisitions:

An Insider’s View of the Commercial Real Estate M&A Industry

Commercial real estate attorney Brett Budlong opens up about the thrills, the stakes, and the hot-button issues in the commercial real estate M&A market. Legal nuts and bolts provide the underpinnings for entire transactions. This frank discussion is full of straight talk and horror stories from across the spectrum of real estate deals. Brett discusses issues with landlords, the impact of the growth mindset, how personality plays into negotiations, and how going too fast can lead to missing problems.

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Bar Admissions

South Carolina Bar
Georgia Bar
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia


Emory University, Goizueta Business School, B.B.A., cum laude

  • Order of Omega Honor Society
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars

University of South Carolina Law School, J.D.

  • Dean’s List
  • Member Editor, Southeastern Environmental Law Journal
  • Recipient, James L. Petigru Public Interest Grant
  • Palmetto Law Society
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity


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