W. Andrew Gowder, Jr.

General Counsel


Andy Gowder is General Counsel for The CityCraft Foundation.  Andy is a shareholder with the Charleston- based law firm of Pratt-Thomas Walker, P.A.  His practice is focused on land use, environmental and real property law, local government, and corporate formation and governance for both profit and nonprofit organizations.  Mr. Gowder writes and speaks on legal topics relating to land use, urbanism, planning, sustainability and the environment.  He is a co-editor of Tax Increment Financing and is an author in Greening Local Government, both published in 2012 by ABA Publishing.   He was a co-author of  A Legal Guide to Urban and Sustainable Development and was a contributor to the 2008-2010 editions of the book, At the Cutting Edge, Land Use Law from the Urban Lawyer.   He is a member and holds leadership positions in the American Bar Association, State and Local Government Law Section (Chair of the Section 2013-2014); the South Carolina Bar, where he has served as a member of the House of Delegates for almost two decades; the Urban Land Institute, as Assistant Chair of the Sustainable Development Council and immediate past Chair and current Governance Chair of ULI South Carolina.   He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Wake Forest University School of Law, and his B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Wofford College. He is admitted to the bars of South Carolina, where he is a certified mediator, the United States District Court for South Carolina and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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