Gardiner Thompson is Executive Vice President – Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at Novare Group. Gardiner leads Novare Group’s operational team and works closely with Novare Group’s partners, equity providers and lenders to implement the company’s financial strategies, having executed joint venture and construction financings for the company’s developments with project costs in excess of $2 billion, including the SkyHouse multi-family apartment projects located in Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Nashville, Orlando, Raleigh and Tampa. Gardiner also works extensively on land acquisitions for development projects and dispositions of Novare Group’s assets, as well as on pre-development entitlement matters in the markets where Novare Group develops. Gardiner is responsible for leading the legal strategies and risk management efforts across Novare Group’s various businesses.
Gardiner joined Novare Group in 2006. Prior to joining Novare Group, he practiced corporate law at Troutman Sanders LLP, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and real estate joint ventures. Prior to joining Troutman Sanders, Gardiner served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Emmett R. Cox on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He received a B.B.A. in Finance and a J.D. from the University of Georgia.