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.
The “crossover” period has just ended in the North Carolina General Assembly, which is an inflection point for pending bills in each session. Here with a wonderful explanation of what “crossover” means, both technically and practically, are my colleagues, Womble Carlyle lobbyists Laura DeVivo and Angel Sams. Angel […]
We blogged in the past here about House Bill 3 pending in the North Carolina General Assembly, which is entitled: “AN ACT TO AMEND THE NORTH CAROLINA CONSTITUTION TO PROHIBIT CONDEMNATION OF PRIVATE PROPERTY EXCEPT FOR A PUBLIC USE, TO PROVIDE FOR THE PAYMENT OF JUST COMPENSATION WITH RIGHT OF […]
Filed March 17, 2015, Senate Bill 320 (linked) proposes significant revisions to State laws governing billboards and outdoor advertising. In this post, we review some of the changes that would result from Senate Bill 320 in its current form. Local governments, lessors to billboard companies and billboard companies, alike, […]
Today, the N.C. Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a takings case filed by a local government. The case is Town of Matthews v. Wright, No. COA14-943 (April 21, 2015). Facts The facts are important but protracted. Essentially, plaintiff homeowners live at the end of a street, […]
The Economist Newspaper this month features an interesting review of land use laws in the context of the changing global economy. The issue is not overall scarcity [of real property], but scarcity in specific places—the cities responsible for a disproportionate amount of the world’s output. The high […]