Leigh Vancil

Leigh represents commercial developers in the acquisition, development, financing, and management of commercial real estate projects, including apartment complexes, mixed-use condominiums, shopping centers and planned communities.

Prior to her joining the firm, Leigh was a partner in the Atlanta law firm, Parker Hudson Rainer and Dobbs, where she represented local, regional and national lenders in commercial transactions, including asset based loans, leveraged buyouts, loan restructuring and workouts. She continues to devote a significant portion of her practice to commercial finance, including real estate loans, corporate lending and secured transactions.

In addition to her practice in commercial real estate and commercial finance, Leigh provides expertise to landlords and tenants in commercial lease negotiations and disputes.

A native of North Carolina, Leigh graduated from Wake Forest University where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received her law degree from the University of North Carolina. During law school, she served as an editor on the North Carolina Law Review.



  • J.D., University of North Carolina (1984), Editor, the North Carolina Law Review.
  • B.A., Wake Forest University (1977), magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa



  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Georgia State Bar


  • Carolina Theatre, Board of Trustees
  • Triangle Crew (Commercial Real Estate Women)
  • Durham County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • 2010 Chairman of Corporate Sponsorship Committee, Duke Hospice
  • Volunteer and Tutor, Chapel Hill – Carrboro Schools
  • Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce


  • “Bulk Transfers: Protecting the Bank’s Security Interest,” 2 Commercial Lending Review 19 (Co-Author)
  • Survey of Recent Developments-Evidence, 61 North Carolina Law Review
  • “Youngberg v. Romeo: Moving Toward a Constitutional Right to Habilitation,” 62 North Carolina Law Review