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Neil C. Robinson

Senior Counsel


Neil Robinson is a highly regarded real estate attorney who has earned great respect for his professional abilities, comprehensive understanding of the law, and dedication to the community.  He’s built a career based on hard work and diligence and has established a track-record rooted in going above and beyond to protect the interests of his clients. 

A Broad Depth of Experience in a Wide Range of Issues

Neil's extensive practice experience is focused on complex real estate transactions; administrative law, including permitting, zoning and land sales registrations, and development agreements; and industrial, commercial, mixed use, planned community, brownfields and resort real estate development.


  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 1973
  • Clemson University, B.S., 1966
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • Governor’s Quality Task Force
  • South Carolina Education Oversight Committee - Chairman
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Clemson University Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • Clemson University, Board of Visitors
  • Clemson Real Estate Development Foundation, Board of Trustees - Founding Member and Past Chairman
  • Clemson University Land Stewardship Foundation, Founding Member and Past Chairman
  • Pate Foundation Board of Directors
  • MUSC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Pat Board Chairman
  • Urban Land Institute, Recreational Development Council
  • Southeastern Wildlife Exposition - Past President 
  • South Carolina Tourism Council - Past President
  • Charleston Education Network - Founder; Past President
  • Clemson Advancement Foundation - President
  • Clemson University, Humanities Board - Past President
  • Hibernian Society - Managing Committee Chairman and Past President 
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
  • College of Charleston, Advisory Board
  • American Judicature Society
  • American Resort and Residential Development Association
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • Recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Service Award, Clemson University Alumni Association's Highest Honor
  • Recipient of the 2016 Platinum Compleat Lawyer Award- Highest Award of the University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Award Charleston Real Estate Person of the Year- 2015
  • Recipient of The Order of the Palmetto - State of South Carolina's Highest Award
  • Recognized by Chambers USA, Real Estate, South Carolina in 2019 and 2020
  • Recognized by Super Layers, South Carolina Real Estate
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Law, Since 1995
  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV" Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Listed in Who;s Who in America, Who's who in American Law, and Who's Who in Real Estate

An Equal Commitment to His Practice and His Community

When he’s not at the deal table working on behalf of his clients, Neil spends his time championing improvements in South Carolina’s public education system. In 1996, he founded the Charleston Education Network, an advocacy group of business leaders committed to promoting better educational opportunities for all children, and served as its President for a number of years. He also serves on the South Carolina State Education Lottery Oversight Committee and the Education and Economic Development Coordinating Council. 

Neil has been actively involved in the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee since 2005 as the business appointee of President of the Senate, High Leatherman, serving as its Chairman for the past 8 years. 

Neil currently serves on the Executive Board of the National Congressional Medal of Honor Heritage Center Foundation and is a retired Member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He is a former public defender of Richland County and began his legal career as a law clerk to The Honorable Charles E. Simon's, Jr., Chief Judge of the United States District Court, District of South Carolina. 


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