JD, CCIM, CRE -- Bass, Dunklin, McCullough & Smith, PLLC
Garth received both his undergraduate and Juris Doctor Degrees from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also has a North Carolina Real Estate broker's license and holds the CCIM and CRE designations. Garth has served on the North Carolina Rules Review Commission since 2011 and presently serves as Chair of that Commission.
As an attorney, Garth’s practice focuses on lease negotiations, land use, development consulting, acquisition financing, representation of commercial real estate developers, investors and users, administrative/regulatory compliance, risk management and licensing matters for real estate brokerage and development companies. Garth is licensed to practice law in North Carolina (1988), South Carolina (2006) and Georgia (2007). He is a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Commercial Real Property Law (1995-present).
Garth believes in being actively involved in the industry he works with and participates in and gives back to the commercial real estate industry in a number of capacities; Garth firmly believes that being actively involved makes him a more practical and better lawyer. Garth is active with the REALTORS® Commercial Alliance - North Carolina Association of REALTORS®, having served on its Board of Governors (1997-2006) and chairing the Committee which authors the Commercial Series of REALTOR® forms (1996- present). He has also served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) Chapter (1997-2003) and the Steering Committee for the CCIM Midyear National Meeting in Charlotte- “Banking on CCIM”.
Garth is an adjunct professor in the UNC-Charlotte Childress Klein Center for Real Estate, teaching in the Masters of Science in Real Estate Program. Garth teaches continuing education classes for various commercial real estate and Bar organizations and presents frequently to real estate related groups (e.g.- North Carolina CCIM Chapter, REALTORS® Commercial Alliance – North Carolina Association of REALTORS®, North Carolina Chapter of the Appraisal Institute and various local REALTOR® commercial organizations). He annually co-authors the commercial versions of the Real Estate Commission’s mandatory classes for brokers. In addition, Garth authored and periodically updates the Commercial Real Estate chapter of the Real Estate Commission’s North Carolina Real Estate Manual, works regularly with the Real Estate Commission on policy and regulatory matters and he handles legal matters before the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.