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USA Guide

Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use — North Carolina

We do not rank firms for this territory and specialism but we rank individuals.

Senior Statesmen

Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Melvin comes highly recommended for his longstanding transactional practice. He continues to advise on the purchase, sale and development of real estate, as well as related zoning issues.

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Star Individuals

Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lacy Reaves is held out as a leading light at the North Carolina zoning and land use Bar. Clients confirm that "it is no secret that he is the best for this work in Raleigh. He's going to be the first person on the list every time." He also attracts praise for the "very good demeanor" he brings to his expert practice.

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Band 1

Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA

From the Chambers USA guide

John Carmichael retains a strong reputation for his extensive land use capabilities, which include assisting with zoning issues before administrative boards and advising on development permits. Interviewees agree that he is "outstanding in every way."

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Band 1

Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Terrell is held in high regard as a leading zoning attorney. He frequently advocates for clients before administrative bodies, as well as advising on legislative land use issues.

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Band 2

Morningstar Law Group

From the Chambers USA guide

William Brian of Morningstar Law Group is "very good in court," according to impressed sources. He frequently handles commercial and administrative disputes involving land use and zoning issues.

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Band 2

Moore & Van Allen, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Notable land use attorney Jefferson Brown regularly acts on behalf of government bodies, private investors and developers in complex development matters. According to one interviewee, he is "extremely dedicated to serving his clients" and "the best at what he does in Charlotte."

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Band 2

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Johnson of Nexsen Pruet, LLC is "extremely knowledgeable in the land law space," according to impressed sources. Clients note that "not only is he a very good zoning attorney, but he's also a very good litigator."

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Band 2

Morningstar Law Group

From the Chambers USA guide

Mack Paul of Morningstar Law Group is an experienced zoning and land use attorney whose practice also includes environmental permitting issues and public policy concerns. Interviewees report that he is "very good at managing information and also knows how to manage people."

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Up and Coming

Poyner Spruill LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Rising star Chad Essick of Poyner Spruill LLP attracts strong praise for his expertise in zoning regulations and representation of clients such as developers and landowners before administrative bodies. One source states: "I am continually impressed at his ability to learn, retain and synthesize all the relevant facts."

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