Laura is married to Justin Y. Hester, an adoption and civil litigation attorney, and is mother to two teenage sons. She is a third-generation lawyer.
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law, 2023-2024 Listed in Georgia Super Lawyers, “Rising Star,” 2009 Represented hotel developers in acquisition, construction, management, financing and development of various properties with attendant restaurant and retail outlets in Atlanta, Charleston, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Asheville, Greenville, Charlotte, Savannah, Orlando and Taos. Counseled developer through all aspects of acquisition and development of a mixed-use development incorporating multi-family, retail and hotel uses, including negotiation of public financing, land use entitlements, joint venture equity and debt financing transactions, and resolution of environmental contamination concerns. Negotiate hotel and restaurant franchise agreements for multiple hospitality clients. Advised issuer in creation of multimillion-dollar equity fund for investment in regional portfolio of multifamily residential projects. Represented issuer in $6.5 million preferred-stock purchase by a strategic investor.