Josh LononMember

Josh Lonon leads the firm’s Commercial Real Estate Practice Group as chair, its Economic Development and Tax Incentives Group as co-chair, and the firm’s Spartanburg, South Carolina office. He regularly serves as lead counsel for national and regional companies, both public and private, local and statewide developers, and higher education institutions and other non-profits, in the acquisition, development, financing, sale, and leasing of commercial properties. Such properties are often industrial and manufacturing facilities and complexes and large multi-family, office, retail, and mixed used developments. He is experienced in complex financings arrangements for such developments including through the federal New Markets Tax Credit program and USDA Rural Development.

Josh also regularly negotiates with and appears before municipal bodies for land use approvals and to obtain economic development tax incentives such as fee-in-lieu of taxes arrangements, infrastructure tax credits, multi-county industrial and business park inclusions, tax abatements and rehabilitation tax credits for renovation of abandoned textile and historic properties. Josh also has extensive experience with title insurance companies both as outside and inside counsel, giving him keen insight into solving complex title and title insurance issues.

Josh is highly engaged in serving his profession and local community. He currently serves as a member the South Carolina Bar House of Delegates and as Immediate Past-Chair of its Real Estate Practices Section. He is also an executive committee member of the Upstate, South Carolina chapter of the Urban Land Institute. In his hometown of Spartanburg, Josh has chaired and held other leadership positions on boards of several non-profits. He has also served as chair of the City of Spartanburg’s Board of Zoning Appeals and is currently a member of its Board of Architectural Design and Historic Review. Josh is a graduate of the South Carolina Bar Leadership Academy, Leadership Spartanburg, is a Regional Fellow of the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, and has been included in the Pro Bono Honor Roll by the South Carolina Supreme Court.

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  • Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditor's Rights
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Corporate
  • Economic Development and Incentives
  • Outside General Counsel
  • Real Estate Acquisition and Development
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Leasing
2003, J.D. University of South Carolina School of Law, Managing Editor, Southeastern Environmental Law Journal; National ABA Moot Court Competition Team
1999, B.A. University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • Represented Savaria Corporation (TSX: SIS) as local counsel in multi-jurisdictional closing of $110,000,000 credit facility
  • Represented private developer in the land use approvals and development of est. $100,000,000 mixed-use development in South Carolina
  • Represented South Carolina meat-packing plant in closing of New Markets Tax Credit financing for approx. $20,000,000 expansion of South Carolina plant
  • Represented private developer in closing of New Markets Tax Credit financing for construction and rehabilitation of historic property for approx. $20,000,000 mixed-use development
  • Regularly represents nationally-renowned luxury golf course community as outside general counsel for development, financing and other matters
  • Represented international chemical manufacturing company in acquisition, financing and leasing of approx. $23,000,000 industrial warehouse facility
  • Represented H&R Reit (TXX: HR.UN) as local counsel in disposition of numerous South Carolina properties
  • Represented Germany-based international auto parts manufacturer in negotiation, approval and extension of tax incentives for approx. $47,000,000 total expansions of South Carolina manufacturing facility
  • Represented international tool manufacturing company in acquisition and negotiation of tax incentives for approx. $12,000,000 South Carolina warehouse facility
  • Represented international packaging manufacturer in negotiation of tax incentives allowing for approx. $16,000,000 expansion of its South Carolina manufacturing facility
  • Represented national commercial developer as outside general counsel for acquisition, financing and development of industrial, office, multi-family and hotel developments across the U.S.
2017-Present Wyche, P.A.
2013-2017 Johnson, Smith, Hibbard & Wildman, Spartanburg, SC
2007-2013 Lawrence, Lonon & Rudasill, Spartanburg, SC
2006-2007 Odom, Terry & Cantrell/Spartan Title & Escrow Co., Spartanburg, SC
2005-2006 Investors Title Insurance Company, Columbia, SC
2003-2004 Law Clerk, Hon. G. Thomas Cooper, Jr., Fifth Judicial Circuit, Columbia, SC
  • South Carolina Bar, 2003
  • United Stated District Court, District of South Carolina, 2004
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2004
  • South Carolina Bar, Chair, Real Estate Practices Section (2019-2020); South Carolina Bar Leadership Academy (Class of 2017)
  • Rotary International of Spartanburg, Member (2008-Present), Paul Harris Fellow
  • Urban Land Institute Upstate South Carolina Executive Committee, Member (2018-Present); Executive Committee (2019-Present)
  • City of Spartanburg Board of Architectural Design and Historic Review, Member (2018-Present)
  • American Bar Association, Member, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
  • City of Spartanburg Board of Zoning and Appeals, Member (2012-2018); Chairman (2014-2018)
  • Neighborhood Association of Fernwood, Inc., President/Chair (2016-2017)
  • Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg, Board Member (2008-2016); Chairman (2013-2015)
  • Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Regional Fellows, Class of 2014
  • Leadership Spartanburg Alumni Association; Board Member (2009-2014)
  • Christmas in Action • Spartanburg; Board Member (2008-2012); Secretary (2012)
  • Spartanburg County Bar Association, Member, Register of Deeds Committee (2010-2011)
  • Leadership Spartanburg, Class of 2009; Member, Board of Regents (2009-2010)
  • Young Lawyers Division, Fifth Circuit Representative (2005); Seventh Circuit Representative (2006); ABA Delegate (2004, 2005)
  • Moderator, The Future is Now: Technical Innovations in South Carolina Real Estate Transactions, South Carolina Bar Convention, January 2020
  • Handling Real Estate Transactions from Start to Finish, NBI (Greenville), February 2016
  • Real Estate Law for Paralegals, Greenville Technical College Paralegal Program, Fall 2012
  • Title Workshop:  From Examination to Commitment, NBI (Columbia), November 2011
  • Handling Real Estate Transactions with Confidence, NBI (Columbia, Charleston), November 2010
  • Handling Real Estate Transactions with Confidence, NBI (Columbia), November 2009
  • Title Examination for Paralegals, NBI (Columbia), May 2008
  • Real Estate Transactions Made Painless and Efficient, NBI (Columbia), December 2007
  • Curing Title Defects, NBI (Columbia), May 2006
  • Under Writing Survey Matters, Investors Title Ins. Co. Agent Seminar (Hilton Head), October 2006
  • South Carolina Real Estate Title: Identifying Defects and Finding Solutions, NBI (Columbia), October 2005
2020 Recognized as “Leadership in Law” honoree by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly
2019 Recognized on Pro Bono Honor Roll by Supreme Court of South Carolina
2019–Present Recognized as “Legal Elite” by the Greenville Business Magazine
2017 AV Preeminent® peer-review rated by Martindale-Hubbell