HELPING TRAILBLAZERS
& TRENDSETTERS

At Zwerner Law, we understand the unique challenges faced by our clients because we have walked in their shoes and we bring this experience to bear in our engagement. Our collaborative, hands-on approach adds value and helps drive results.

RESPONSIVE. HONEST. COMMITTED.

At Zwerner Law, we match your passion for your business with our passion for your business and consider ourselves privileged to provide legal services to developers, high-net-worth and family office investors, lenders and established and aspiring entrepreneurs alike in the real estate, technology, and manufacturing industries in South Carolina.

Let us sweat the details so you can stay focused on the big picture.

RESPONSIVE. HONEST. COMMITTED.

At Zwerner Law, we match your passion for your business with our passion for your business and consider ourselves privileged to provide legal services to developers, high-net-worth and family office investors, lenders and established and aspiring entrepreneurs alike in the real estate, technology, and manufacturing industries in South Carolina.

Let us sweat the details so you can stay focused on the big picture.

We Help Our Clients With

IP & TECH

Industries
Technology & E-Commerce

Services
Protection, acquisition and licensing of Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets; Publishing Agreements; SaaS Agreements; End-User License Agreements; Website & Mobile App Terms of Use & Privacy Policies; and GDPR compliance

BUSINESS & SUCCESSION PLANNING

Industries
Hospitality, Technology, Manufacturing, E-Commerce and Healthcare

Services
Entity Selection & Organization, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Placements of Securities, End-User License Agreements, SaaS Agreements, Website & Mobile App Terms of Use & Privacy Policies, Commercial Contracts, and Annual Meeting Attendance, Buy-Sell Agreements

FINANCE

Industries
Private Equity, Venture Capital, Corporate Finance, and Real Estate Finance

Services
Commercial Real Estate Loan Documentation & Closing Services, Fund Formation, and Private Placements of Debt & Equity Securities

REAL ESTATE

Industries
Office, Industrial, Multi-Family, Resorts, and Agriculture & Timberlands

Services
Purchase & Sale Transactions, Mixed-Use Developments & Communities, Commercial Leasing, Easements, Covenants & Restrictions, Finance, Distressed Sales & Workouts, Title Insurance & Closing Services, and Local Counsel Opinions

ESTATE PLANNING

Services

Trusts, Last Wills and Testament, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Tax Planning, Gift Planning, Charitable Giving

ESTATE ADMINISTRATION

Services

Trust Administration, Probate Administration, Exemplified Administration, Small Estate Property Collection

MEET TIM ZWERNER

Prior to founding Zwerner Law, Tim worked in the corporate practice group of an AmLaw 100 law firm and served as General Counsel to a real estate and clean-technology company. Tim has provided assistance on in excess of $2 Billion of commercial real estate transactions (including transactions in the hospitality, agriculture, multi-family and shopping center industries) and has advised on M&A transactions in a variety of industries (including specialty equipment sales and manufacturing, fashion, SaaS, Healthcare IT and restaurant groups) ranging in size from less than $1 Million to in excess of $150 Million. Tim is passionate about working with local entrepreneurs and regional developers who are making a positive impact in the local community and helping them scale their business and expand their footprint.

EDUCATION

B.A., Political Science, Furman University
J.D., University of Florida

ADMISSIONS

Florida
Georgia
South Carolina

Timothy M. Zwerner
Rated by Super Lawyers


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MEET TIM ZWERNER

Prior to founding Zwerner Law, Tim worked in the corporate practice group of an AmLaw 100 law firm and served as General Counsel to a real estate and clean-technology company. Tim has provided assistance on in excess of $2 Billion of commercial real estate transactions (including transactions in the hospitality, agriculture, multi-family and shopping center industries) and has advised on M&A transactions in a variety of industries (including specialty equipment sales and manufacturing, fashion, SaaS, Healthcare IT and restaurant groups) ranging in size from less than $1 Million to in excess of $150 Million. Tim is passionate about working with local entrepreneurs and regional developers who are making a positive impact in the local community and helping them scale their business and expand their footprint.

EDUCATION

B.A., Political Science, Furman University
J.D., University of Florida

ADMISSIONS

Florida
Georgia
South Carolina

Timothy M. Zwerner
Rated by Super Lawyers


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MEET MORGAN MALINO

Morgan is a registered patent attorney which, when combined with his extensive corporate experience, gives him a unique perspective on intellectual property strategy and portfolio development. Previously, Morgan was General Counsel to both PureCars, which was purchased by Raycom Media for $125 Million in 2015 and Unity Semiconductor, which was purchased by Rambus for $35 Million in 2010. Morgan is active in the Charleston chapter of Venture South, one of the largest angel investment groups in the United States. Morgan acts as a fractional general counsel to several early stage startups.

EDUCATION

B.S., Engineering Science and Mechanics, Pennsylvania State University
J.D. George Washington University Law School

ADMISSIONS

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Maryland (active)
Louisiana (inactive)
California (inactive)
*Not currently admitted in South Carolina

MEET MORGAN MALINO

Morgan is a registered patent attorney which, when combined with his extensive corporate experience, gives him a unique perspective on intellectual property strategy and portfolio development. Previously, Morgan was General Counsel to both PureCars, which was purchased by Raycom Media for $125 Million in 2015 and Unity Semiconductor, which was purchased by Rambus for $35 Million in 2010. Morgan is active in the Charleston chapter of Venture South, one of the largest angel investment groups in the United States. Morgan acts as a fractional general counsel to several early stage startups.

EDUCATION

B.S., Engineering Science and Mechanics, Pennsylvania State University
J.D. George Washington University Law School

ADMISSIONS

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Maryland (active)
Louisiana (inactive)
California (inactive)
*Not currently admitted in South Carolina

MEET LAUREN C. NIEMIEC

Lauren is a commercial real estate attorney with a deep background in land due diligence, acquisition and  horizontal and vertical development. She works closely with regional developers to help drive their projects from initial conception to final build-out and is often asked to supervise all phases of development along the way (often times assisting with identifying and securing the site location, navigating government approvals and assisting with zoning challenges). Lauren’s experience includes achieving a local government amendment to secure entitlements for a 257 unit, 80-acre, multi-family housing development paving the way for over $3 million dollars in client revenue. Lauren holds a South Carolina General Contractor’s Unlimited License, has received LEED Green Associate Certification and is also currently serving as General Counsel to one of the southeast’s leading sitework contractors.

EDUCATION

B.S., Business Administration, College of Charleston
J.D., Savannah Law School

ADMISSIONS

South Carolina

MEET LAUREN C. NIEMIEC

Lauren is a commercial real estate attorney with a deep background in land due diligence, acquisition and  horizontal and vertical development. She works closely with regional developers to help drive their projects from initial conception to final build-out and is often asked to supervise all phases of development along the way (often times assisting with identifying and securing the site location, navigating government approvals and assisting with zoning challenges). Lauren’s experience includes achieving a local government amendment to secure entitlements for a 257 unit, 80-acre, multi-family housing development paving the way for over $3 million dollars in client revenue. Lauren holds a South Carolina General Contractor’s Unlimited License, has received LEED Green Associate Certification and is also currently serving as General Counsel to one of the southeast’s leading sitework contractors.

EDUCATION

B.S., Business Administration, College of Charleston
J.D., Savannah Law School

ADMISSIONS

South Carolina

MEET ANDREW MCLESTER

Andrew began his career in real estate after working as a litigator at one of Charleston’s oldest and most prestigious law firms. His real estate experience is varied, having represented buyers, sellers, lessors, lessees, owners and financiers in an array of transactions, including complex land deals, condominium developments, apartment complexes and construction projects. Andrew previously worked as part-time General Counsel to a global manufacturing company based in South Carolina and for nearly a decade Andrew served as an adjunct professor at the Charleston School of Law, where he received the adjunct professor of the year award. In addition to his work with Zwerner Law, he continues to manage his own private practice.

EDUCATION

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Political Science & Religious Studies
J.D., Wake Forest University

ADMISSIONS

South Carolina

MEET ANDREW MCLESTER

Andrew began his career in real estate after working as a litigator at one of Charleston’s oldest and most prestigious law firms. His real estate experience is varied, having represented buyers, sellers, lessors, lessees, owners and financiers in an array of transactions, including complex land deals, condominium developments, apartment complexes and construction projects. Andrew previously worked as part-time General Counsel to a global manufacturing company based in South Carolina and for nearly a decade Andrew served as an adjunct professor at the Charleston School of Law, where he received the adjunct professor of the year award. In addition to his work with Zwerner Law, he continues to manage his own private practice.

EDUCATION

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Political Science & Religious Studies
J.D., Wake Forest University

ADMISSIONS

South Carolina

MEET BRET PRUEHS

Bret has practiced law in the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton area since 2005 and prior to joining Zwerner Law was a partner at an AmLaw 200 law firm.  Bret’s practice focuses on real estate matters including commercial and residential transactions and refinances. Bret also routinely handles general corporate matters for clients in the real estate (including property owners’ associations), hospitality, food and beverage, construction and non-profit sectors. He also provides assistance with property tax contests.  Bret previously served on the Board of Directors and as Secretary of the Hilton Head Bar Association and was instrumental in re-starting its operations in 2008. Bret currently serves as a Director for the Small Business Assistance Corporation.

Prior to attending law school, Bret worked for the National Football League and ESPN (SportsTicker).

EDUCATION

Tulane Law School
University of Colorado – School of Business

ADMISSIONS

Florida
Georgia
South Carolina

MEET BRET PRUEHS

Bret has practiced law in the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton area since 2005 and prior to joining Zwerner Law was a partner at an AmLaw 200 law firm.  Bret’s practice focuses on real estate matters including commercial and residential transactions and refinances. Bret also routinely handles general corporate matters for clients in the real estate (including property owners’ associations), hospitality, food and beverage, construction and non-profit sectors. He also provides assistance with property tax contests.  Bret previously served on the Board of Directors and as Secretary of the Hilton Head Bar Association and was instrumental in re-starting its operations in 2008. Bret currently serves as a Director for the Small Business Assistance Corporation.

Prior to attending law school, Bret worked for the National Football League and ESPN (SportsTicker).

EDUCATION

Tulane Law School
University of Colorado – School of Business

ADMISSIONS

South Carolina

MEET JENNIE CERRATI

Jennie has practiced law in the Lowcountry since 2009 and she most recently led the Trusts and Estate department for South Carolina for an AmLaw200 law firm. Jennie’s practice focuses on estate and wealth preservation planning, probate, trust and estate administration as well as tax matters. In that capacity, Jennie counsels clients in all areas of estate planning including but not limited to: complex gift, generation skipping transfer tax and estate tax planning, business succession planning, life insurance planning, lifetime giving and charitable planning and prenuptial agreements. Jennie also handles all aspects of probate and trust administration, including advising fiduciaries throughout the administrative process. Jennie represents clients of all kinds, whether high net worth individuals and families or families looking to adapt to life changes, such as marriages, children and expanding businesses. Before relocating to South Carolina, Jennie practiced law in California for several years and was chosen as one of Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars.

EDUCATION

J.D., Southwestern University School of Law
B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara

ADMISSIONS

California
South Carolina

MEET JENNIE CERRATI

Jennie has practiced law in the Lowcountry since 2009 and she most recently led the Trusts and Estate department for South Carolina for an AmLaw200 law firm. Jennie’s practice focuses on estate and wealth preservation planning, probate, trust and estate administration as well as tax matters. In that capacity, Jennie counsels clients in all areas of estate planning including but not limited to: complex gift, generation skipping transfer tax and estate tax planning, business succession planning, life insurance planning, lifetime giving and charitable planning and prenuptial agreements. Jennie also handles all aspects of probate and trust administration, including advising fiduciaries throughout the administrative process. Jennie represents clients of all kinds, whether high net worth individuals and families or families looking to adapt to life changes, such as marriages, children and expanding businesses. Before relocating to South Carolina, Jennie practiced law in California for several years and was chosen as one of Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars.

EDUCATION

J.D., Southwestern University School of Law
B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara

ADMISSIONS

California
South Carolina

WE’RE HERE WHEN YOU NEED US

Zwerner Law is pleased to serve as fractional outside counsel to a select number of clients requiring routine legal assistance. Family offices and growing businesses enjoy the predictable legal spend on fractional outside counsel and benefit from a dependable and sustained relationship with legal counsel who understand their commercial pursuits and are dedicated to achieving their objectives. We pride ourselves on being our clients’ first call when an issue arises and we are able to work remotely or on-site.

As outside general counsel, we advise on, coordinate and oversee:

  • Commercial Contract Negotiation and Preparation
  • Strategic Transactions and Capital Raises
  • Corporate Governance Matters (Including attendance at Annual Meetings)
  • Employment Matters (Including hiring, separation, and employee handbooks)
  • Trademark, Patent and Intellectual Property licensing and protection
    Litigation, Arbitration and Risk Management (Including Hiring and Supervising Litigation Counsel)
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Document Management and Storage