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John Cooke

John has more than 30 years of experience in land use law and real estate litigation. Based in the Raleigh-Durham region, John practices throughout North Carolina. He represents all types of business clients - developers, end users and land owners - when they attempt to use their land or maximize its value through securing entitlements, forming public-private agreements or handling litigation.

Drilling to the Essence of a Land Use Proceeding

Introduction  What type of land use proceeding is this?  Finding the correct answer to this question is critical to knowing your client’s rights and avoiding legal error.  Like different sports, there are distinct types of land use proceedings – legislative, quasi-judicial or administrative/ministerial.  Like a sport, the type […]

Supreme Court Rules Landowners Can Challenge Jurisdictional Determinations

Our partner, Jimmy Kirkland, prepared the below summary of an important United States Supreme Court decision and Mike and I wanted to share it with the readers of our blog.                                                                                                                                                                        […]