Kathy L. Pilkington

Kathy L. Pilkington
T:  704.896.0836
F:  704-896-9442

Practice Areas
Commercial Real Estate
Real Estate Development
Real Estate Finance

Kathy’s practice includes commercial acquisitions of both developed and undeveloped property, real estate development and real estate secured financing.  She has extensive experience representing and counseling clients regarding real estate due diligence.  She regularly represents landlords and tenants in drafting and negotiating leases which vary from banking retail centers to office to manufacturing and industrial sites.  She has represented both lenders and borrowers in the negotiation of real estate secured loans.  Prior to joining Bringewatt & Snover, Kathy was a partner in the Real Estate and Land Use department of the international law firm of McGuireWoods.  She has practiced for 23 years in the real estate area, first with Smith Helms Mulliss & Moore L.L.P. which she joined in 1989.  Smith Helms became Helms Mulliss and Wicker which merged with McGuireWoods LLP in 2008.   Kathy received the Walter Clark Award from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Representative Matters

  • Represented developer in the negotiation of contracts to sell developed lots to builders.
  • Represented the owner of a LEED-certified office building with the drafting of an office lease and the leasing of space in the building to tenants.
  • Represented a company with the relocation of its headquarters and negotiation of its lease of a 10-story office building.
  • Represented a large corporation in the acquisition of land in a western North Carolina county for the development of a data center.
  • Represented the administrative agent in connection with the amendment and restatement of the real estate documentation of a multi-million dollar secured credit facility involving 200 properties in 11 states.
  • Advises a continuing care retirement community on various legal matters, including financing transactions and other real estate matters involving its ownership and management of approximately 100 acres of land.


  • The University of North Carolina School of Law, JD, with High Honors, Order of the Coif, North Carolina Law Review, 1989
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MPH, 1976
  • The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, BS, magna cum laude, 1973

Civic and Professional Memberships

  • Member, Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Member, Commercial Real Estate Women
  • Member, American Bar Association Committee on Opinion Practice
  • Past Member, Real Property Council, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Past Member, Executive Committee, Real Estate Section, Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Director and Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, The Pines at Davidson


Kathy has one son who will be awarded his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in 2013.  She is a member of the Session of First Presbyterian Church of Concord where she serves on the Personnel Committee.