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Jerome K. Lanning Honored for Contributing Over $1 Million Dollars of Pro Bono Legal Work to Freshwater Land Trust

Butler Snow attorney Jerome K. Lanning has been honored by the Freshwater Land Trust for his contribution of more than $1 million in pro bono legal work. To honor his dedication and achievement, the organization’s board of directors passed a Resolution of Appreciation on May 6, 2020.

The Freshwater Land Trust conserves, connects and cares for land and water in Central Alabama, creating dynamic green spaces for future generations. Lanning has been involved with the organization since 1996 and currently serves as Vice President and General Counsel of the President’s Advisory Council, providing legal counsel and service on complicated real estate transactions and nonprofit operations.

“Since Freshwater Land Trust’s inception in 1996, Jerome ‘Jerry’ K. Lanning has been a fundamental pillar of the organization. He has expertly advised the three Executive Directors, and he works closely with our conservation, acquisitions, stewardship, and Red Rock Trail staff for an average time dedication of 40-60 hours a month,” said Rusha Smith, executive director of the nonprofit. “Simply stated, Freshwater Land Trust would not be where it is today without Jerry, and we are eternally grateful for all he has done for us.”

Lanning is of counsel to Butler Snow and has significant experience representing developers, owners, operators, investors and users in all aspects of real estate, including land acquisition, finance, construction, leasing and sales. He routinely advises and assists landowners regarding conservation easements and related tax opportunities and strategies.

Additionally, Lanning is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and his work has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America®. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Alabama and is admitted to the Alabama State Bar.