Prior Professional Experience

Represented property owners in matters against:
  • North Carolina Department of Transportation
  • North Carolina Turnpike Authority
  • Town of Cary
  • City of Raleigh
  • City of Greensboro
  • City of Charlotte
  • Town of Wake Forest
  • Duke Energy Progress
  • Town of Apex
  • Town of Holly Springs
  • Wake County
  • Municipalities and Counties
  • Town of Knightdale
  • PSNC
  • Piedmont Natural Gas

Litigation Percentage

90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1982
  • Eastern, Middle and Western Districts, US District Courts
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004


University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

  • J.D. - 1982
  • Law Journal: North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, Articles Editor

North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Chapel Hill, NC

  • B.A. - 1977 with honors

Published Works

  • Author/presenter, “Getting Around the Median: Can the Exercise of Police Power' Ever Be Compensable?”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers Land Condemnation Roundtable Seminar (2002)
  • Author/presenter, The Condemnation Case from Design to Filing Suit: What's Happening Before the Landowner Contacts You! NC Academy of Trial Lawyers Eminent Domain Seminar ( 2003)
  • Author/presenter, Superior Court Judges Conference on Eminent Domain (2004)
  • Seminar planner, North Carolina Bar Association Land Condemnation Seminar (2004)
  • Co-author/presenter, “Relocation Assistance: Cutting-edge Issues in Land Condemnation” NCBA Land Condemnation Seminar (2004)
  • Co-author, NC Bar Association General Practice Notebook, Eminent Domain Chapter (2004)
  • Author/presenter, “Pitfalls in Dealing with Public Condemnors,” Academy of Trial Lawyers Land Condemnation Roundtable Seminar (2005)
  • Author/presenter, DOT v. M.M. Fowler: When Can You Use Lost Profits' and Other Financial Information from Business Generated on the Property to Determine Value? NC Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) Eminent Domain Seminar (2007)
  • Co-author/presenter, “Relocation Benefits: Could the Process Be Any More Confusing, and How Is it a Benefit If I Have to Give it Back?” NCAJ Eminent Domain Seminar (2009)
  • Co-author, "The Ins and Outs of Inverse Condemnation" NCAJ Trial Briefs Magazine, December, 2011
  • Co-author/presenter, "Inverse Condemnation: What It Is and When to Raise the Issue" NCAJ Eminent Domain Seminar (2011)
  • Co-author/presenter, "Condemnation Trends and Current Issues " NCAJ Eminent Domain Seminar (2014)
  • Co-author/presenter, “Combatting Condemnor Strategies” NCAJ Eminent Domain Seminar (2015)
  • Co-author/ presenter Establishing Damages in Partial Takings Cases, NCAJ Eminent Domain Seminar (2016)
  • Author and Presenter, “Land condemnation from the Landowner’s Perspective” International Right of Way Association (2016)
  • Co-author and presenter, “Lemonade Out of Lemons” NCAJ Eminent Domain Seminar (2017)
  • Co-author/presenter, “The Law of Eminent Domain: A Practical Guide to Property Owner Representation in NC Condemnation Cases” Wake County Bar Association (2018)
  • Co-author/presenter, ”Combatting Condemnor Challenges” NCAJ Eminent Domain Seminar, 2019

Honors and Awards

  • Highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell for legal skill and professional ethics
  • Included in the 2007 through 2019 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, in the area of eminent domain and condemnation law
  • Selected by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year for Eminent Domain and Land Condemnation Law (Raleigh) (2011, 2016 and 2018)
  • Selected to the 2022 Best Lawyers in America

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association, served two terms on Board of Directors
  • 10th Judicial District Bar
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, former chair Eminent Domain Section
  • State Certified Mediator

Volunteer Activities

  • President, Joel Lane Museum House, Inc.- oldest house in Raleigh
  • Co-Partner and member Board of Directors, StepUp Ministry
  • UNC School of Law Advancement Committee
  • Former chair Outreach Ministry Committee, Vestry member, Sunday School teacher- Christ Episcopal Church