Monday, April 29, 2019

"New attorney establishing presence in downtown Gastonia" by Michael Barrett, Gaston Gazette


A Charlotte-based law firm is expanding its reach with a new office in downtown Gastonia.

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William Harding, whose law firm specializes in personal injury, medical malpractice, and criminal law, expects to open within the next 40 days at 178 W. Main Ave. It will become the third new business to open this year in a six-storefront commercial strip directly adjacent to the Rotary Centennial Pavilion.

Harding earned his law degree from West Virginia University, and he has been licensed to practice in that state since 1996. But in 2010, he became licensed in North Carolina and made the jump to Charlotte.

“We’ve just been growing and now we want to get to the good folks over there in Gastonia,” he said. “And God willing, next year we’ll be in Raleigh-Durham.”

Harding’s firm in Charlotte has already been serving clients in Gastonia, Concord, Huntersville and Statesville, but he sees value in opening a satellite location for his firm here. He expects to hire at least two attorneys to work directly out of the Gastonia office, and support staff will also be based there.

“As we grow, my staff will grow,” he said.

Harding said he also expects to have a physical presence at the new office for some time after opening as he forges bonds with the community.

“This is not my first rodeo,” he said. “I’ve been opening up law firms for a while now, and you’ve got to go out there and gain the respect of the community you serve.”

At end of the day, Harding said his name will be on the door.

“I want folks to know who their attorney is and what we do and what we’re all about,” he said. “You do that with handshake. So they’re going to see quite a bit of me over there.”

It will become the second business to open in an 11,172-square-foot building that sits next to the Rotary Centennial Pavilion. It consists of six total storefronts that have been mostly empty in recent years. But investor Jay Kumar purchased the property a year ago for $800,000 with a goal of redeveloping the spaces and luring new tenants.

The Social Vineyard, a wine bar and shop, became the first new business there at 174 W. Main Ave. in January. A CBD store and vape shop to be known as ‘drip’ will also be opening by the end of April.

Tom McPhaul, a local commercial real estate developer, is managing the building along with several other downtown properties Kumar has acquired. Now that half of the space is spoken for, he hopes to find a single tenant to fill the westernmost end.

You can reach Michael Barrett at 704-869-1826 or on Twitter @GazetteMike.

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Article Source: https://www.gastongazette.com/news/20190417/new-attorney-establishing-presence-in-downtown-gastonia