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 North Carolina Court of Appeals handed down a decision today that clarifies the rule that a contractual venue/forum selection provision can track, but it cannot vary from, the venue/forum determined by State law. At issue is the following agreement provision, contained within a a non-compete, non-solicitation, and […]
This March, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court considered a claim that an “unprofessional” email from a city planner to the city’s zoning board of appeals, pleading for a specific outcome on a land use appeal, does not per se violate constitutional due process rights. The case is Fitanides […]
A decision on whether and how to rezone property is left to the sound discretion and good judgment of the elected officials. The philosophy behind this thinking is that the decision to rezone or not to rezone is a legislative decision, and any recourse against a legislative decision […]
Last week, the North Carolina State Senate introduced a bill that seeks to extend renewable-energy tax credits applicable to eligible property — which is defined as specific “machinery and equipment or real property” — that is placed into service before the end of the calendar year 2020, at […]
We are now on Instagram and Twitter, adding dimension to our conveyance and analysis of real estate, land use, and litigation information impacting businesses and local governments throughout North Carolina. We’ll continue to blog in “long-form”. But please visit these other platforms for links to our blogging as […]