Asheville, NC (PRWEB) April 26, 2010
McGuire, Wood & Bissette attorneys Chris Lyman, Construction Law, and Rick Jackson, Zoning and Land Use Law, have been accredited as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) by the United States Green Building Council (USBGC). Lyman and Jackson are the only LEED Accredited Professional attorneys in Western North Carolina and two of only twenty in North Carolina. Only one law firm in North Carolina has more LEED AP attorneys than McGuire, Wood & Bissette.
The LEED Green Building Rating System is the widely accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. With this accreditation, Lyman and Jackson join a select group of attorneys nationwide who have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Rating System. As LEED APs, Lyman and Jackson may advise clients on the regulatory requirements pertaining to green building and certification pursuant to the LEED Green Building Rating System and qualify LEED registered projects to earn one point toward certification, if a LEED AP is not otherwise on the design team. Utilizing the LEED accreditation, Lyman and Jackson provide comprehensive legal services that span the green building cycle, from zoning through construction.
A partner at McGuire, Wood & Bissette, Chris Lyman is a member of the firm’s Construction Law Team where he represents a diverse range of clients in a wide variety of construction matters. In addition to the LEED accreditation, Lyman has obtained his general contractor's license from the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors and is on the leadership council for the Construction Law Section of the North Carolina State Bar. He is involved in numerous construction related organizations including Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and Associated Owners and Developers and is a board member of the Asheville Home Builders Association and the Asheville Historic Resources Commission.
He serves on the Board of Advisors of the Western Carolina University School of Construction Management, where he has lectured on construction and development topics. Lyman earned his law degree from Tulane University in 1993.
Rick Jackson joined the Corporate and Business Law Team at McGuire, Wood & Bissette as an associate in 2008. He handles matters for individual and corporate clients relating to: Business, Corporate and Securities; Real Estate; and Zoning and Land Use. He earned his law degree and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Prior to obtaining his law degree, he was a business consultant in the technology, banking and financial, health care and medical industries in Atlanta, Raleigh, and Boston.
McGuire, Wood & Bissette, P.A. is the oldest law firm in Asheville, North Carolina continuously in the practice of law since 1894. Since its inception, the firm has engaged in a general civil practice geared toward commerce and industry. McGuire, Wood & Bissette, P.A. is committed to serving its clients' best interests with effective legal services of the highest quality at a reasonable cost, while adhering to the highest ethical standards and contributing to the well-being of the community.