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E bmetzger@sowellgray.com

P (803) 227-1130
F (803) 744-1550
Bill practices primarily in the areas of bankruptcy and creditors rights and commercial real estate transactions. He is a Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law by the South Carolina Supreme Court. His work in the area of bankruptcy and creditors rights has included representing secured creditors in real estate development, inventory financing matters with specific experience in automotive and trucking financing and government guaranteed loan programs with specific experience in aircraft parts and gate leases. Because of his transactional and commercial finance background, he has extensive experience representing purchasers of assets in bankruptcy cases and all types of commercial loan workouts, including note sales and acquisitions, and having served as both a trustee and plan administrator in large commercial bankruptcy cases.

Bill’s commercial finance experience includes working with financial institutions and lenders on loans to industrial facilities and commercial real estate developments. He has experience representing developers in all facets of commercial real estate development, with specific experience in the development of shopping centers, movie theatres, hotels and leasehold mortgage financing. He has served as general counsel to several national and regional lending institutions as well as approved USDA and SBA lenders and has experience in economic incentives, job development credits and other tax incentives for businesses in South Carolina. His corporate experience includes all aspects of corporate formation and planning, acquisitions and dissolutions.

Bill also serves as a mediator in commercial and bankruptcy matters, having completed specific bankruptcy mediation training and being a Certified Mediator in state and federal courts.
  • South Carolina Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of South Carolina
  • Washington and Lee University, B.A. in Economics, cum laude, 1985
  • University of South Carolina, M.B.A, summa cum laude, 1989
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1989
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Supreme Court of South Carolina Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law
  • Supreme Court of South Carolina Certified Mediator
  • Meritas, Board of Directors (2015-present); Chair, U.S. Leadership Committee (2015-present); Former Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee; Chairman of the Creditors Rights and Bankruptcy Section
  • South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association, President (1996-1997)
  • Local Rule Advisory Committee of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of South Carolina
  • South Carolina Supreme Court Specialization Board for Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law (2001-2003, 2016-present)
  • Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, 2010-2017), Banking and Finance Law
  • Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, 2010-2017), Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, 2010-2017), Business Organizations, including LLCs and Partnerships
  • South Carolina “Super Lawyer” Creditor Debtor Rights (2008-2017)
  • South Carolina “Super Lawyer” Business/Corporate (2008-2017)
  • South Carolina “Super Lawyer” Real Estate (2008-2017)
  • Member, Committee of 100
  • Member, Central South Carolina Alliance
  • Member, South Carolina Economic Development Association
  • Shandon United Methodist Church, Board of Trustees and Administrative Board (Chair)