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Gary C. Pennington
Managing Member

As the Senior Member of the Firm, Gary C. Pennington has enjoyed a varied and diversified practice. Currently, Mr. Pennington’s primary practice area is the representation of wireless communications carriers and related industries. This work involves the many legal components associated with the organized deployment of wireless infrastructure and technology across the United States on an expedited basis, as well as the legal support necessary for the continued evolution of that infrastructure and technology. In addition to the deployment of wireless infrastructure, Mr. Pennington also has assisted clients with acquisitions and dispositions of wireless assets across the United States. Mr. Pennington has also negotiated master lease agreements for both tower companies and wireless communications carriers for national use and application. Mr. Pennington also has extensive experience in commercial real estate transactions, including the sale and purchase of commercial real estate, office leases, and retail leases. Mr. Pennington also has handled numerous land use planning matters over his career. This practice has primarily involved the representation of communications tower companies and carriers before governmental bodies seeking to have new communications facilities approved, as well as writing and negotiating zoning ordinances that impact wireless communications companies. Further, Mr. Pennington has extensive experience representing companies that provide fiber related services and in negotiating broadband contracts for implementation of broadband networks.

Personal

Born in Greensboro, North Carolina and grew up in Loris, South Carolina. Admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1991. Admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1997. Admitted to the U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, and United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

Education

  • B.A., cum laude, The Citadel (1988)
  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law (1991)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • Richland County Bar Association

Presentations

  • Speaker at the Regional AGL Conference in Florida, November 2011
  • Speaker at the Carolinas Wireless Association 2010 and 2011

Services Provided

  • Wireless Communications
  • Zoning/Planning/Development
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions
  • General Corporate Issues
  • Real Estate Development
  • Utilities/Fiber Agreements
Tara Schmidt
Attorney

Tara Schmidt joined Pennington Law Firm as an Attorney in 2014. Tara has developed a niche practice representing communications industry clients and related industries in real estate transactions including leasing, land use development, zoning, contract negotiation, and related due diligence. Tara handles commercial real estate transactions as well, representing clients in matters concerning leasing, land use development, zoning, title, sales, and purchases. Tara was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and has lived in the Southeast for the past ten years. When not practicing law, Tara enjoys spending quality time with her family, including her husband, Pete, and their son, Theodore (Teddy) Schmidt. Tara is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, and the Louisiana Bar Association.

Education

  • B.A., Pacific Lutheran University (2005)
  • M.S., University of Central Missouri (2007)
  • J.D., University of South Carolina (2014)

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • Louisiana

Services Provided

  • Wireless Communications
  • Zoning, Planning and Land Use Development
  • Title Review
  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions
  • Corporate Formation
Sarah_Guthrie
Attorney

Sarah Guthrie joined Pennington Law Firm as an Attorney in 2017. Her practice primarily focuses on the representation of wireless communications carriers and related industries in real estate transactions including leasing, zoning, and contract negotiation.

Personal

Sarah was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. When not practicing law, Sarah enjoys volunteering, running, and spending quality time with her family, friends, and Boston Terrier, Maggie. In the legal community, Sarah is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association (including the Ethics Advisory Committee and Law Related Education Committee) and Richland County Bar Association. She has also served as a volunteer Juvenile Arbitrator in Lexington County. Outside of the legal community, Sarah has served as an active member of the Junior Woman’s Club of Columbia since 2007 and is serving as President for the 2017-2018 club year.

Education

  • B.s., magna cum laude, University of South Carolina (2007)
  • J.D., University of South Carolina (2013)

Sarah earned her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2013. While in law school, Sarah appeared on the Dean’s List multiple semesters. She earned a CALI (American Jurisprudence) Award in Civil Procedure. She also served on the editorial board of the Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal and as a peer mentor. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice with honors from the University of South Carolina in 2007. As an undergraduate, she co-taught a freshman course as a University 101 Peer Leader and worked as a Resident Mentor. She also received several merit-based scholarships. Following graduation, she worked for small law firms as a paralegal, and went on to serve as a clerk for the Firm during law school.

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina

Professional Affiliations/Interests

  • Member, South Carolina Bar Drone Law Task Force Member
  • South Carolina Bar Law-Related Education Committee Volunteer
  • South Carolina Bar High School and Middle School Mock Trial Program Member
  • CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Midlands Member
  • Executive Women’s Golf Association, Columbia Chapter

Services Provided

  • Wireless Communications
  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions
  • Zoning, Planning, and Land Use Development
  • Corporate Formation
  • Title Insurance
Gwendelyn Geidel, Pennington Law Firm, LLC
Of Counsel

Gwendelyn Geidel’s primary practice area is the representation of wireless communications carriers and related industries with regard to the environmental issues encountered at various sites.

Personal

Born in Lowville, New York.

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law (1989)
  • University of South Carolina Doctor of Philosophy (1982)
  • University of South Carolina Master of Science specializing in Geology (1976)
  • University of South Carolina Bachelor of Science in Geology cum laude, (1974)

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina

Professional Memberships

  • Member, US Environmental Protection Agency, Science Advisory Board Panel for Mountaintop Mining and Aquatic Ecosystems, 2010-2011
  • Member, American Society for Mining and Reclamation
    • Co-Chair, Water Management Technical Division, 2011-
    • Memorial Scholarship Committee, 2008-present

Publications

  • Author, Over 45 peer reviewed articles and book chapters

Presentations

  • “Innovative Approaches to Mining Site Remediation and Reuse Workshop,” Sponsored by the EPA and ICCL, October 6. 2011
Rebecca Baker
Attorney

Rebecca Baker’s primary practice area is the representation of wireless communications carriers and related industries. This work involves the many legal components associated with the organized deployment of wireless infrastructure and technology across the United States on an expedited basis, as well as the legal support necessary for the continued evolution of that infrastructure and technology.

Personal

Born in Baltimore, Maryland

Education

  • B.A., James Madison University (1996)
  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law (2001)

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina

Publications

  • Published in the Wake Forest IP Law Journal

Services Provided

  • Wireless Communications
  • Zoning/Planning/Development
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions
  • Real Estate Development
Barnwell Marks
Attorney

Barnwell Marks joined Pennington Law Firm in 2007. Her transactional practice is focused in the areas of wireless communications, technology and commercial transactions and commercial real estate. For ten years, Barnwell has drafted and negotiated numerous agreements and advised clients in a wide variety of transactional matters, including the sale and purchase of commercial real estate, office and retail leasing, the lease and license of commercial property for wireless infrastructure, DAS and small cell deployment agreements, SaaS, VAR, non-disclosure agreement and software licensing agreements.

Personal

Born in Memphis, Tennessee

Education

  • L.L.M in Intellectual Property, Santa Clara University School of Law (2013)
  • J.D., University of Louisville/Brandeis School of Law (2007)
  • B.A., University of South Carolina (1995)

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina

Professional Affiliations/Interests

  • Member, South Carolina Bar Drone Law Task Force Member
  • South Carolina Bar Law-Related Education Committee Volunteer
  • South Carolina Bar High School and Middle School Mock Trial Program Member
  • CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Midlands Member
  • Executive Women’s Golf Association, Columbia Chapter

Services Provided

  • Wireless Communications
  • Zoning/Planning/Development
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions
  • Real Estate Development