Kara Bailey HamiltonASSOCIATE

Kara Bailey Hamilton is an associate attorney with the firm’s Commercial Real Estate Practice Group and practices primarily in its Columbia office.  Kara has a broad range of experience in complex acquisitions, dispositions, development, commercial lending, REO properties, loan document negotiation and workouts, including forbearance agreements and deeds in lieu of foreclosure, commercial leasing, utility easements and title insurance options.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Experimental Psychology at the University of South Carolina, where she was both a McKissick and Capstone Scholar and graduated summa cum laude.  Kara earned her Juris Doctor at the University of South Carolina School of Law where she was given the Cali Award for the highest grade in her real estate transactions classes.

Kara is also an adjunct professor, teaching the Commercial Real Estate Capstone at the University of South Carolina School of Law, and Chair of the South Carolina Bar Corporate, Banking & Securities Law Section.  She has been a featured speaker at the South Carolina Bar Convention and Real Estate Intensive Seminar.

Kara has been recognized by Columbia Business Monthly Magazine as one of the “Best and Brightest under 35,” and is a recipient of the South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leadership in Law Award.  Outside of her practice, Kara is highly engaged in her community, including serving as Director of the Prisma Health Midlands Foundation Centers Board and the Junior Achievement Great South Carolina Young Professionals Auxiliary Board.  She volunteers with the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division Special Olympics Committee and the United Way of the Midlands Women in Philanthropy.

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  • Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditor's Rights
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Real Estate Acquisition and Development
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Leasing
2014, J.D. University of South Carolina School of Law, Cali Award, Real Estate Transactions I and II
2010, B.A. University of South Carolina, summa cum laude
2020-Present Wyche, P.A., Columbia, SC
2012-2020 Associate, Rogers, Townsend & Thomas, PC, Columbia, SC
  • South Carolina Bar, 2014
  • CREW Midlands (Commercial Real Estate Women) (formerly served on the Board of Directors)
  • United Way of the Midlands, Young Leaders Society, Steering Committee
  • United Way of the Midlands, Women in Philanthropy
  • Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina Young Professionals Auxiliary
  • Prisma Health Midlands Foundation Cancer Centers Board of Directors, Vice Chair
  • South Carolina Bar Corporate, Banking & Securities Law Section, Chair
  • The Calvary
  • Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina, Board of Directors Nominating Committee
  • South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division, Special Olympics Committee
  • Speaker, South Carolina Bar Convention, Real Estate Practice Section, Panel discussion on Commercial Real Estate, 2018
  • Speaker, Dave Whitener Real Estate Intensive Workshop, Panel discussion on Construction, Development, and Redevelopment, 2018
2020
Named a “Rising Star” by South Carolina Super Lawyers
2019
South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division Star of the Quarter
2018
Leadership in Law Award by SC Lawyers Weekly
2017 Named one of Columbia’s “Best and Brightest 35 and Under” by Columbia Business Monthly