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Neale T. Johnson

Neale T. Johnson


T (704) 384-2653/(336) 378-5319
F (336) 433-7442
M (336) 402-1725

Neale Johnson's practice centers on construction transactions and dispute resolution, real estate litigation, financial services litigation, and general commercial litigation.

Neale assists owners, general contractors, and trade contractors with contract negotiation, dispute avoidance and dispute resolution services.  He has prepared and negotiated agreements involving public and private projects, including design agreements, design-build agreements, and construction agreements using the construction manager, single prime contractor, and multi-prime contractor models.  Neale applies more than 15 years of construction litigation experience to help clients identify and allocate business risks during contract negotiation to reduce conflict during the project.  His experience in construction litigation and alternative dispute resolution includes the range of public and private construction disputes, including claims involving:

  • contract interpretation
  • delay and acceleration
  • unknown, unforeseen or concealed conditions
  • labor inefficiency
  • warranty and construction defect
  • nonpayment
  • liens and bonds
  • bid protests

Neale also dedicates a large part of his law practice to resolving real estate disputes, including:

  • development contract disputes
  • commercial torts or statutory claims, such as fraud, misrepresentation, trespass, nuisance, Interstate Land Sales Act and interference claims
  • title insurance claims and coverage
  • contested foreclosures
  • boundary disputes and partitions
  • disputes as to title to or security in real property
  • reformation of deeds, deeds of trust, and other conveyances
  • real covenants, easements, and association issues
  • disputes as to the priority of security instruments
  • evictions, including summary ejectment and constructive eviction claims
  • landlord-tenant disputes, such as repair obligations, assignment and subleasing, insurance, and constructive eviction

Neale also represents banks and borrowers in a variety of financial services disputes, including securities disputes, enforcement of loan documents, foreclosure/claim and delivery to recover collateral, and judgment enforcement.  His experience includes both retail and commercial lending.

Neale partners with clients and advises other lawyers on e-discovery issues and employs legal project management techniques to control matter schedules and cost.  Neale is certified as a Superior Court Mediator by the NC Dispute Resolution Commission.

Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Listed Real Estate (2014-2016), Construction Litigation (2017)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Business Edition list, Real Estate (2014, 2015)
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Construction (2010, 2012-2014, 2017)
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.



  • N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission certified mediator, Superior Court and Clerk of Court (Special Proceedings)
  • Adjunct Professor, Elon University School of Law, teaching pretrial practice, deposition taking, and trial practice courses
  • Military Service, Commissioned Officer in U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, 1988-2004
  • Artillery Fire Direction Officer and Platoon Commander during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, 1990-91
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1998
  • University of South Carolina, B.A., magna cum laude, 1988
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States District and Bankruptcy Courts in North Carolina
  • North Carolina, 1998
  • American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law
    • Midwinter Meeting Program Co-Chair (2017)
  • American Bar Association Litigation Section
  • North Carolina Bar Association Construction Section
  • North Carolina Bar Association Litigation Section
  • North Carolina Land Title Association
Academic Honors
  • Business Manager and Member, Articles Review Board, Virginia Law Review
  • Z Society Shannon Award for Highest GPA, UVA Law Class of 1998
  • Order of the Coif
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Hampton Award for Highest GPA in History Department, USC Class of 1988
Military Service
  • U.S. Marine Corps

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