N. Courtney Hollins

Courtney Hollins represents buyers, sellers, developers, investors, landlords, tenants, lenders and borrowers in commercial real estate acquisition, disposition, construction, development, leasing and finance transactions, workouts and restructuring. In addition, Ms. Hollins serves as corporate counsel to a variety of entities, organizing and assisting in the structuring of corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships. Ms. Hollins also offers a wide array of experience to businesses in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, business succession planning, and structuring. Ms. Hollins also provides guidance in estate planning, trusts and probate matters.

Education & Credentials


University of Tennessee

B.S., 1982
  • cum laude

George C. Taylor School of Law, University of Tennessee

J.D., 1985

Bar Admission

  • Tennessee


  • The Legal 500 United States,
    • Real Estate, 2020
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Real Estate, 2017-2020
  • Nashville Business Journal
    • "Women of Influence," Community Supporter, 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Real Estate Law, 2011-2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent® Women Lawyers, 2011-2012 
  • Nashville Bar Foundation
    • Fellow, 2002
  • National Advisory Council of the United States Small Business Administration
    • Representing Region IV on its Executive Committee in 2000, appointed by President William Jefferson Clinton 1997-2001

Prominent Assignments

  • Create, close and sell $100,000,000 loan portfolio secured by properties located throughout the U.S.
  • Organize retail horizontally-integrated holding company, plan and implement store expansions, and close equity financing during early stage growth of company
  • Analysis, planning and structuring of U.S. based retail and internet business in China
  • $73,000,000 Sale of Nashville, Tennessee 400,000 square foot regional shopping center and issuing agent for owner’s and lender’s title insurance policies
  • Restructuring of ownership, transfers, financing and refinancing, including subordinated debt, and issuing agent for owners’ and lender’s title insurance policies for last undeveloped phases and all outparcels of Nashville, Tennessee regional shopping center development
  • Complex structuring and organization of minority interest for joint ventured 1,000,000 square foot retail and mixed use center in Bristol, Tennessee
  • Complex structuring of ownership interests in Tennessee limited liability company electing unlimited liability for Tennessee franchise and excise tax exemptions with incentive management fee and interest option agreements
  • Acquisition of properties for development and construction of national and regional credit tenant retail stores and shopping centers
  • Borrower’s counsel on several “non-recourse” real estate loans from a variety of bank, life company, CMBS and other lenders
  • Tennessee regional bank’s counsel on middle market company acquisition loans for acquisition of Texas farm implements company and for industrial automation services and blow molding production and development company by a Nashville, Tennessee based investment company and subsequent loan workout
  • Land use planning, zoning (including overlays) and permitting for downtown Nashville historic hotels and national gas station and convenience store company
  • Medical office business leases
  • Successfully represented the executor of the estate of a well-known Texas “outlaws” singer/songwriter, removing a caregiver from her role as co-executor and evicting her from the house of the decedent, resulting in great progress on the administration of the estate.

Professional Involvement

  • Tennessee Bar Association
    • Real Estate Section, Chair (2005-2006)
    • Executive Council (2001-Present)
    • Editor of the Section's newsletter (2000)
    • Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee (2006-2008)
  • Nashville Bar Association
    • Board of Directors (2004-2007), Finance Committee
    • Real Estate Committee, Chair (1999)
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties - Nashville, TN Chapter
  • Middle Tennessee Chapter of Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute
  • Nashville Chapter of Women in Commercial Real Estate
  • Legal Aid Society, 2007 Fundraising Campaign, Small Firm Division, Co-Chair
  • Supreme Court of Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility Hearing Committee (2007-2013)
  • The West End Home Foundation
    • Board of Directors (2011-2017)
    • Chair and President (2015)
    • Vice President and President Elect (2014)
    • Planning Committee Chair (2014)
  • Tennessee Board of Law Examiners
  • Title Insurance Agent
    • First American Title Insurance Company
    • Fidelity Title Insurance Company
    • Old Republic Title Insurance Company


  • Co-Author, "COVID-19 and Its Impact on Performance of Commercial Leases: A Review of Force Majeure, Impossibility of Performance, and Frustration of Purpose," Dickinson Wright Client Alert, April 2020
  • Series LLC's, ICSC Law Newsletter, Spring, 2016
  • Roundtable Leader, ICSC Law Conference, Nonrecourse Carveouts; Trips, Triggers and Traps, 2013
  • Roundtable Leader, ICSC Law Conference, Timing of Inspection Periods in Purchase and Sale Contracts, Refundability of Earnest Money Deposits, October 2011
  • Roundtable Leader, ICSC Law Conference, How to Deal With OEAs and REAs in Full and Partial Sales, October 2012
  • Speaker, Tennessee Bar Association's Real Estate Section, ALTA/ACSM Surveying Standards and Purchase and Sale Agreements (2012)
  • TBA Real Estate Section Annual Seminar, May 2012 - ALTA Surveys and Post Closing Issues
  • National Business Institute, November 2011 - Commercial Leases: Negotiating Key Provisions
  • ICSC U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, October 2011 - Roundtable Leader: Title Insurance and Surveys
  • Lorman Education Services, March 2011 - Post-Closing Issues on Real Estate Transactions
  • ICSC U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, November 2010 - Roundtable Leader: Loan Workouts 2010: Strategies, Goals and Achievable Objectives
  • Various Lending Institutions, June 2010 - Current Issues In and Structuring of Healthcare Lending
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