Gary Pickren

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Gary Pickren 2017-03-01T08:54:32+00:00

Columbia, SC Lawyer with Real-World Experience

Gary Pickren has deep ties to the local real estate community. Since 1995 Gary has performed real estate closings, taught real estate agents and advocated for all South Carolinians in changing South Carolina real estate law. Gary grew up in Spartanburg and graduated from Wofford College. After law school, Gary relocated to Columbia where he has been an active member in the community serving as the Assistant Ombudsman Director for South Carolina in the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, liaison for the United Way, Dentsville Youth baseball coach and Elder at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church.

Gary, his wife and children are avid travelers who love visiting the historical cities of the South such as Charleston, Savannah, St. Augustine and Williamsburg. If you have taken a trip to Williamsburg recently, chances are Gary had tons of advice on visiting the Historical Triangle area.

Supporter of Our Military

Gary has a deep respect for our citizen-soldiers. As Gary witnessed service members return after deployment struggle with employment issues, he decided to get involved. Gary volunteered to be an Ombudsman for the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve. In ESGR Gary mediates disputes between the employer and the service member pertaining to the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. In 2014 Gary was promoted to the Assistant Ombudsman Director of South Carolina.

Real Estate Instructor, Broker & Advocate

Gary is a licensed real estate broker and so he has a unique perspective on real estate closings. He also is a licensed real estate agent instructor. Gary has taught continuing education to thousands of real estate agents on topics such as contracts, agency, disclosure, and ethics. Gary assisted in the writing of the real estate contract used in the Midlands since 2007. Gary also successfully argued before the South Carolina Real Estate Commission seeking a rewrite of the controversial Seller Disclosure form. Gary later served on the task force that rewrote the disclosure form.

Professional Accomplishments

  • Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, J.D., 1995
  • Wofford College, B.A., 1992
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Cumberland Law Review
  • Sales and Marketing Council of the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia
  • Columbia Mortgage Bankers Association
  • Central Carolina Association of Realtors
  • Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina
  • Co-Chairman, Governmental Affairs Committee- Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina (2014-2015)
  • South Carolina Real Estate Commission Task Force on Rewriting Seller Disclosure (2013-2014)
  • South Carolina Delegation of the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina meeting in Washington, DC, (2013 and 2017)
  • South Carolina Real Estate Commission Task Force on Writing the 2015-2016 Mandatory Continuing Education Class for Real Estate Licensees (2014)
  • Legal Counsel on Central Carolina REALTORS Association-Contract Committee (2007-present)
  • Past Corporate Counsel to Central Carolina REALTORS Association (CCRA)
  • Education Committee CCRA (2010-2011)
  • SMC-Squared
  • Sales and Marketing Counsel of the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina
  • Worldwide ERC-Professional Employee Relocation Council
  • Board of Directors- Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina (2016-2017)
  • Membership Chairman- Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina (2017-2018).
  • 2014 Closing Attorney of the Year- Sales and Marketing Council of the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina (BIA)
  • 2012 Closing Attorney of the Year- Sales and Marketing Council of BIA
  • 2013 Associate Member of the Year- Central Carolina REALTORS Association
  • A/V Preeminent Attorney Peer Review Rated- Martindale-Hubbell (Top 5% Nationally)
  • Awarded the “Excellence in Serving on Contract Committee” from the Central Carolina REALTORS Association
  • Dr. Perry C. Hopkin’s Patriot Award for Service- Employer Support of Guard and Reserves 2016
  • Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow
  • Chicago Title Insurance Company
  • Fidelity National Title Insurance Company
  • First American National Title Insurance Company
  • Old Republic National Title Insurance Company
  • Stewart Title Guaranty Insurance Company
  • WFG National Title Insurance Company
  • Real Estate Broker
  • LLR Certified Continuing Educational Instructor for Real Estate Licensee
  • Member of Spring Valley Presbyterian Church
  • Elder of the Church Session of Spring Valley Presbyterian Church
  • Assistant Ombudsman Direct for South Carolina for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
  • Board of Director for Dentsville Youth Baseball and Softball League

Gary Pickren - Real Estate Lawyer in Columbia, South Carolina

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