Our firm’s goal is to make every closing a smooth process with each file receiving an individual attorney’s and paralegal’s attention. Our founding partner, Glenn F. Sherman, has practiced real estate law since 1993, opening his own office in 1996. The firm grew with the addition of William Phalen as his partner in 2007. David Sherman was also recently made a partner.
Together with the firm’s paralegals, the attorneys make sure each closing happens on time. The firm takes an active role in leadership with industry and bar groups, as well as in the community. The attorneys work closely with all involved in a real estate transaction to ensure that each closing is a smooth transaction. And their involvement begins early in the process—whether it is helping their lender clients educate their customers at home buyers’ seminars or helping home sellers negotiate a contract in a for-sale-by-owner transaction—the attorneys work hard for all involved.
Contact them today to schedule your closing, draft your will, or incorporate your business.
William L. Phalen, III
email // 770-579-0109 x101
William L. Phalen, III, Partner
William focuses on residential and commercial closings throughout Georgia and Florida. He is a board member and past president of the Georgia Real Estate Closing Attorneys Association (GRECAA) and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Bar’s Real Property Law Section (RPLS). His active involvement in those groups gives him a leg up on knowing the legal issues facing consumers and lenders in real estate transactions. As a member of the GRECAA and RPLS Executive Committees, he successfully worked with the Georgia General Assembly to revise Georgia’s Good Funds Law and to pass a bill to strengthen Georgia’s Unauthorized Practice of Law rules to better protect Georgia consumers.
He has given educational seminars to other attorneys, including the following:
What the New Formal Advisory Opinion Means for Georgia Closings, presentation given at the State Bar of Georgia’s Real Property Law Sections Residential Real Estate CLE in 2015, co-presented with William D. NeSmith, III from the State Bar of Georgia; and
Ethics: Updates from the UPL Front, presentation State Bar of Georgia’s Real Property Law Sections’ Residential Real Estate CLE in 2014.
He also works to educate his clients and consumers, including presenting numerous home-buyers’ seminars and speaking to lenders about how they are impacted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulations. He is also a contributor to KNOWAtlanta, a relocation guide, writing articles to provide consumers information on real estate closings in Georgia.
William spent his first two years practicing law as a personal injury litigation attorney with Ellerin & Associates in Atlanta. He later switched to practicing real estate law-- what he calls “happy law”--and enjoys seeing each transaction successfully completed to the satisfaction of all parties. He works hard in his practice, with his paralegals’ help, to be sure that each transaction happens smoothly, even if there are wrinkles behind the scenes. He’s practiced real estate law for over eleven years now.
William can also help with simple estate planning, advanced directives, and powers of attorney. His elderly father lived with him, so William knows the importance of having these documents in place before you need them.
A member of the State Bar of Georgia, William is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and all Georgia Superior Courts.
Originally from St. Simons Island, Georgia, he now lives in Marietta with his wife and three children.
Residential Real Estate Transactions
Commercial Real Estate Transactions
Simple Estate Planning
Georgia State University College of Law, cum laude, J.D.
Georgia State University Robinson College of Business, M.B.A.
University of Georgia, B.A.
David M. Sherman
email // 770-579-0109 x102
David M. Sherman, Partner
David M. Sherman is a partner with Sherman & Phalen, LLC who practices in the areas of residential and commercial real estate transactions, simple estate planning, and business incorporation and LLC formation.
Mr. Sherman is a native of Marietta, Georgia and began practicing real estate law in 2011. Mr. Sherman obtained his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and his law degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. He is admitted to practice before all Georgia Superior Courts and is a member of the South Carolina Bar.
David is currently fulfilling his dream of working with his father at the law practice his father started in 1996. He lives with his wife and two beautiful daughters in Marietta.
DePaul University, College of Law, J.D.
Auburn University, B.S. - Business Administration
Licensed to Practice Law
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Erin B. Nations began practicing law in Georgia in 2005. She is originally from Alabama. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama. After that, she attended Cumberland School of Law at Samford University where she simultaneously earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration and Juris Doctorate. Prior to joining Sherman & Phalen, Erin was the founding member of Nations & Robinson, LLC, an Atlanta based real estate law firm. Throughout her career, Erin has represented lending institutions in both residential and commercial real estate transactions and default litigation. She also has represented property managers and homeowner’s associations, as well as individuals with simple estate planning, business formation, and general property disputes.
Through the years, Erin has been a member of numerous professional organizations including, Georgia Real Estate Closing Attorneys Association, Georgia Real Estate Fraud Prevention and Awareness Coalition, Atlanta Mortgage Bankers Association, National Association of Professional Mortgage Women and the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce. Erin lives in Sandy Springs with her husband and two children.