Mike represents public companies and smaller, privately-owned businesses and local governments in federal and state court litigation, as well as in land use and real estate development and entitlement negotiations, processes, and disputes. Mike has experience litigating throughout the United States but focuses his practice on land use, real estate and local government issues and solutions in North Carolina.
Ask almost any lawyer or law student to name the most esoteric concept addressed in law school, and you’re more likely than not to hear “The Rule Against Perpetuities”. The Rule Against Perpetuities, or the RAP, exists at common law (read: not in the statutes) and has evolved […]
The Court of Appeals issued a number of decisions today, while snow and ice ghosted the City of Raleigh. The Court addressed trespass to land, the availability of the “offset” defense to commercial loan guarantors. Let’s take a quick look at a couple of today’s holdings in the […]
Last week, the North Carolina Court of Appeals addressed some unique issues with respect to the trial court record in an appeal of a quasi-judicial proceeding. Petitioners — neighbors challenging the approval of the construction of a “monopine” cell phone tower on church property — took issue with […]
Portending what is likely to be a significant legislative session for local government powers and real property rights in North Carolina, the first “substantial” bill introduced in the 2015-2016 session of the North Carolina General Assembly takes aim at State government’s and local government’s ability to take property […]
We’ve blogged in the past here, here, and here about the City of Raleigh’s massive zoning re-mapping process, which is meant to migrate all properties in the City’s land use jurisdiction into the reach of the new Unified Development Ordinance. The re-mapping will have a significant effect on non-residential […]