Before forming Brown & Varnado LLC, Jay was a managing attorney for Buist, Byars & Taylor, LLC, and owned his own firm in Mount Pleasant, S.C. He began his career clerking for the Hon. Irvin G. Condon in the Charleston Probate Court.
Raised in Mount Pleasant, Jay holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Clemson University and a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the State Courts of South Carolina, the Federal District Court, the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Jay is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association and the Charleston County Bar Association. He is active in the community as a State Board First Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the East Cooper Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association and as Past President of the Mount Pleasant Sertoma Club.
He lives in Mount Pleasant with his two children.
Jay’s primary focus is on transactional work and manages our real estate division. Over his career, Jay has worked closely with a number of national builder accounts as primary closing counsel and is familiar with the closing practices and demand for high-volume periods such as fiscal quarter and year ends. His transactional practice has included the negotiation for, acquisition, sale and financing of raw land, new construction and existing construction in both the residential and commercial arenas.
He is a licensed title insurance agent and currently writes with Chicago Title. He has written with a number of carriers including Lawyer’s Title, Land America, Commonwealth, Stewart Title, First American and others.
During his career, Jay has also been involved in a variety of litigation matters, including a national product distribution case involving an international motorcycle manufacturer which allowed Jay the opportunity to depose motorcycle dealers across the nation.
Jay has also managed complex financial litigation involving the telecommunications industry. Other matters included construction litigation experience and employment matters including compensation structure disputes within national real estate companies.