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Michael Thelen

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.

N.C. Court of Appeals: Absent Notice to the Federal Government, Foreclosure for Unpaid Local Taxes Won’t Extinguish Federal Tax Lien

North Carolina is a “pure race” state, for real estate title purposes.  That is, “first to record an interest in land holds an interest superior to all other purchases for value, regardless of actual or constructive notice as to other, unrecorded conveyances.” Rowe v. Walker, 114 N.C. App. 36, […]

John Cooke to Speak at N.C. Association of DSS Attorneys 2016 Annual Summer Conference

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C.—Womble Carlyle attorney John Cooke will be a presenter at the North Carolina Association of DSS Attorneys 2016 Annual Summer Conference. The conference takes place July 7th-9th in Wrightsville Beach. Cooke will discuss “Representing the Local Government Decision Maker in Quasi-Judicial Proceedings.” In addition, Womble Carlyle […]

Three-Judge Panel Invalidates State’s Efforts to Spay/Neuter Town’s Planning and Development Regulation Powers

Today, a three judge panel of the North Carolina state court declared unconstitutional a State law that blocks a municipality — one municipality — from exercising its power to create an extraterritorial planning jurisdiction, or “ETJ”. Thanks to my colleague Laura DeVivo (author of the incredible Keeping Up With […]