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Municipalities, Counties & Special Purpose Entities

Municipalities, Counties & Special Purpose Entities

Contact: Bruce Ashley

We assist local governments throughout North and South Carolina from many perspectives, including service as general counsel of several cities, counties, transportation authorities and water districts, and as outside counsel for cities, counties and special purpose entities on specific litigation, environmental, employment and contract matters.

We have served as legal counsel to the following as regular or outside counsel: 

  • Cities of Greensboro, High Point, Knightdale, Rolesville, Eden, Wentworth, and Stoneville
  • Nash, Alleghany, Montgomery, Guilford,  Randolph, and Catawba counties
  • N.C. Association of County Commissioners
  • The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation
  • The Triangle Transit Authority


Senior Associate
(336) 378-5318
Partner, Municipalities, Counties & Special Purpose Entities Leader
(336) 378-5321
Managing Partner
(336) 378-5256
Of Counsel
(704) 384-2694
(919) 755-8819
Of Counsel
(919) 755-8753
Senior Partner
(864) 751-7651
Of Counsel
(919) 755-8728
(336) 378-5352
Partner, Non-Profit Industry Leader
(336) 378-5551
(864) 751-7629
(404) 962-1042
(919) 755-8766
(336) 378-5237
Of Counsel
(919) 755-8835
Partner, Infrastructure and Development Leader
(919) 755-8741
(336) 378-5412
Partner, Real Estate Leader
(864) 751-7619
  • Defense of public entities and public employees in Civil Rights and Constitutional litigation, including claims of excessive force, false arrest, malicious prosecution, equal protection violations, and First Amendment violations; defense of negligence and contractual claims against public entities.
  • Representation of public entities in employment matters, including assistance with EEOC investigations, defense of employment litigation, including Title VII and §1981 claims, defense of workers' compensation claims and representation of public entities in unemployment matters before the Employment Security Commission.
  • Negotiating and drafting various agreements, deeds, and leases including purchase and sale agreements, operating agreements, utility service agreements, joint venture agreements, easements, restrictive covenants, development agreements, management agreements, sophisticated annexation agreements, ground leases and both retail and office leases.
  • Real estate financing such as traditional acquisition and construction loans, new market tax credit financing and tax-deferred exchanges.
  • Site evaluation and land use planning, due diligence with respect to title, survey, environmental risk and zoning issues, preparation of leases, covenants and other agreements necessary for the real estate development of all property types.
  • Right of way acquisition projects and expanding public roadways,  transferring of property interests, negotiation with private landowners, review and analysis of title and survey documentation, and litigating condemnation actions, and disputes involving real estate agreements and leases.
  • Representation of local governments and special purpose districts in securing financing for their capital projects through the issuance of general obligation or revenue bonds, typically involving the sale of bonds by or on behalf of a governmental unit to banks or other institutional buyers.
  • Compliance with open meetings laws, council procedure, and public record laws
  • Oversight of Board of Adjustment and Planning Board meetings

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