Samuel T. 'Ted' Oliver, Jr.

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3605 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 500
Raleigh, NC 27612

Samuel T. 'Ted' Oliver, Jr.

Samuel T. 'Ted' Oliver's practice is centered on commercial real estate acquisitions and real estate finance. He represents public and private real estate clients in land acquisitions entity formation, real estate finance, sales and purchases of developed and undeveloped properties, and general business and development issues.

Ted, now the senior attorney and leader of Manning Fulton's real estate practice, has been with the firm since graduating from law school in 1979. His wide range of real estate experience includes representing borrowers and lenders, land owners and developers, landlords and tenants in various commercial transactions.

Ted has actively participated in various professional groups including the Real Property Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Real Estate Specialization Committee of the North Carolina State Bar, and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and has spoken at numerous continuing legal education seminars through the years. He also taught the course in Real Estate Finance Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law from 1998 to 2014.

In addition to assisting clients in the acquisition, financing, leasing, and sale of virtually all types of properties, including portfolio transactions in excess of $500,000,000.00, Ted has advised clients in the real estate brokerage industry regarding the rules, regulations and licensing of real estate professionals in North Carolina.

A North Carolina State Bar certified Specialist in Real Property Law, Business, Commercial and Industrial Transactions since 1987, Ted has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America©, Chambers USA, Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite and North Carolina Super Lawyers. Ted has maintained an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell for over twenty years.


  • University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D., 1979)
  • Wake Forest University (B.A., magna cum laude, honors in history, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, 1974)

Admitted to Practice

  • State of North Carolina, 1979
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina, 1980

Specific Matters

  • Represents Carolantic Realty, Inc., leading local commercial real estate brokerage company in various matters
  • Represents a number of individual real estate investors and developers in connection with local commercial and residential developments
  • Represents national lenders in connection with loans secured by properties located in North Carolina
  • Represents The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Foundation, Inc. and its affiliates in the acquisition and redevelopment of a mixed use development in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Professional Activities

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Real Property Section Council (1985-1989)
    • Vice Chair 1989
    • Treasurer 1988
  • Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law, teaching Real Estate Finance (1998-2014)
  • Instructor at Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina Graduate Real Estate Paralegal Program (1982-1985)
  • North Carolina State Bar Certified Specialist in Real Property Law Business, Commercial and Industrial Transactions
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Real Estate (1995-2015) and Corporate Law (2011-2015)  
  • Named to Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite Hall of Fame after being named top NC Real Estate Attorney in North Carolina in 2007
  • Voted top lawyer in North Carolina (2007) in the area of Real Estate by Chambers USA
  • Voted 2009 lawyer of the year in the area of Real Estate in North Carolina by The Best Lawyers in America©
  • Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (2006 - 2016), Top 10 list (2007, 2009, 2010, 2014), Top 25 list (2013, 2015), Top 100 list (2006-2013)
  • Recipient of the Professional Commercial Real Estate Service Award presented by TCREW at the 15th annual Champion Awards (2013)

Community Activities

  • Wake County Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • North Carolina Tennis Association
    • Past Member of Board of Directors
  • North Carolina Tennis Foundation
    • Past Member of Board of Directors
  • Southern Tennis Association
    • Constitution and Rules Committee, Past Member
  • Raleigh Racquet Club
    • Past President
    • Past Member of Board of Directors 



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