Lee A. Harkavy


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Lee Harkavy is the Partner In Charge of the Memphis office and a member of the Firm’s Corporate & Securities Service Team.  He concentrates his practice in general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and real estate transactions.  Prior to returning to the practice of law in 2007, he spent 9 years as a business executive primarily leading the acquisition or capital markets department.

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  • Led acquisition department of a public company in originating and underwriting in excess of $500 MM in deals and closing on over $300 MM
  • Company point person in negotiation and closing of General Electric’s (“GE”) $2.3B sale of its Storage USA division
  • Sourced capital and negotiated and closed on: $100 MM plus in equity joint ventures with each of TIAA-CREF, Fidelity Investments, Heitman and GE; $90 MM plus in secured loan facilities with SunAmerica Life Insurance and Prudential Insurance; and $200 MM plus in lines of credit with Bank One as the lead bank, with more than 9 participating banks
  • Executed on disposition of interests in 21 inferior quality self storage properties to realize in excess of $14 MM in gross gains
  • Negotiated, documented and led due diligence and closing on numerous stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions ranging from $1 MM to in excess of $100 MM in various industries, including hotels and a broad range of other commercial real estate, grocery stores, logistics payment business, and financial institutions
  • Lead Counsel to start-up security guard company that achieved $200 MM in revenue through the acquisition of 10 other companies
  • Drafted and negotiated SEC registrations statements for: debt issuance and stock acquisitions by public bank holding company, including acquisition of another publicly held company, and equity offerings by 2 publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”)


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University, 1993
  • B.B.A., summa cum laude, University of Michigan, 1990 (Finance and Accounting)




  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America® in Corporate Law 2009-present; Mergers and Acquisitions Law 2019-present
  • Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2007
  • CEO Award of Excellence for Growth, 2004 from Storage USA, a division of GE Real Estate
  • Rabbi Arie Becker Young Leadership Award from the Memphis Jewish Foundation, 2001
  • Leadership Institute Graduate, Memphis, TN
  • Shapiro Negotiation Institute Graduate
  • Six Sigma Greenbelt Certified by GE
  • Team Trek Participant, Heber Springs, AR
  • GE Compliance Leadership Training, Dallas, TX


  • Senior VP, Acquisitions and Joint Venture Relations for Extra Space Self Storage, a publicly traded REIT, 2005-2006
  • Senior VP, Business Development, Storage USA, a division of GE Real Estate, 2002-2005
  • VP, Capital Markets and Franchise Lending, 2001-2002; VP and Assoc. General Counsel, 2000-2001, and VP and Counsel, Acquisitions, 1998-2000; all for Storage USA, Inc., a publicly traded REIT
  • Associate Lawyer with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, 1993-1998


  • Memphis, Tennessee and American Bar Association
  • Executive Council Member, Tennessee Bar Association Business Law Section


  • Board member of Jewish Community Partners of Memphis and the Memphis Jewish Federation
  • Member, Chairman’s Circle, Memphis Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Board Member of The Jewish Federations of North America 
  • Past President of the Memphis Jewish Federation
  • Past Chair of the Youth Sports Committee for the Memphis Jewish Community Center
  • Past Board Member of Anshei Sphard-Beth El Emeth Synagogue
  • Past Board Member of the Memphis Jewish Home