Sterling Scott Willis

Scott-Wills

Contact Information

t: (504) 586-5264

f: (504) 310-0264

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Scott Willis is a partner and a member of our Business Section. He practices primarily in the areas of commercial transactions, negotiated acquisitions, banking and commercial real estate acquisitions, development, and financing.

Scott is the past chair of the ABA’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section Committee on Legal Opinions, and is currently Chairman of the ACREL Legal Opinions Committee and an inaugural member of the Law Firm Advisory Board of the Working Group on Legal Opinions. He is a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and currently serves on its Board of Governors and a past Chair of the Louisiana Bankers Association’s Bank Counsel Committee. He is also past Chairman of the New Orleans Bureau of Governmental Research. He has frequently lectured on commercial transactions and legal opinion issues and as a guest lecturer at LSU Law School where he is also a member of the Alumni Board of Trustees. Scott is the past Vice Chair for eCLE for the ABA Real Property Trust and Estate Section standing CLE Committee, and the Assistant Secretary to the Real Property Division.

Education

  • J.D. from Louisiana State University, 1983
    • Associate Editor of the Louisiana Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.A. from Louisiana State University, 1980

Publications / Presentations

  • Member of the drafting group for the ABA/ACREL Real Estate Opinion Letter Guidelines 38 REAL. PROP. PROB. & TR. J. 241 (2003)
  • Author of Article 9 Remedies in West’s Louisiana Statutes Annotated Code of Civil Procedure
  • Co-Editor of Local Counsel Opinion Letters in Real Estate Finance Opinion Report of 2012 by ACMA, ACREL and RPTE. 51REAL PROP. TR & EST. L. J. 137 (FALL, 2016)

Representative Matters

  • $60 million acquisition of the Pan American Life Building in New Orleans by Stirling Properties, which transaction was referenced in The Wall Street Journal on December 8, 2010, as its “Deal of the Week”
  • Rouses Supermarkets’ acquisition of the southern division of A & P Supermarkets and subsequent expansion to 50 plus stores, including the leasing, construction and remodeling of numerous facilities
  • Acquisition, financing and transfer of over a dozen hotel developments
  • Fauji Fertilizer’s acquisition, dismantlement, shipping, and redevelopment of a large chemical facility from Louisiana to Pakistan
  • Acquisition and financing of The Canal Place mixed-use development in Louisiana
  • Development and financing of several above ground and below ground natural gas storage facilities
  • Stirling Properties’ development of the River Chase and Fremaux mixed-use communities in St. Tammany Parish, the Ambassador Town Center in Lafayette, the Mid-City Market in New Orleans, and Target-anchored shopping centers in Bossier City and Lafayette
  • Acquisition and later sale of a leading fuel and lubricants supplier
  • Numerous helicopter and marine vessel financings
  • Regularly represent borrowers in syndicated commercial real estate financings
  • President of the firm’s affiliated title company, Commercial Title Agency, Inc., agent for Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, First American Title Insurance Company, Chicago Title Insurance Company and Stewart Title Guaranty Company

PRACTICE FOCUS

RECOGNITION

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Louisiana