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Chuck’s passion for property rights has encompassed his 40-year legal career. Since his first property rights trial while in law school in 1976, Chuck has concentrated his practice on real estate litigation, with a specific focus on the representation of landowners threatened by eminent domain and real property rights litigation. Chuck’s background in commercial real estate and real estate litigation benefits his property rights practice and his landowner clients. Representing only landowners, never the government, he has managed eminent domain and constitutional property rights claims for homeowners, farmers, retail and commercial businesses, real estate developers, investors and Fortune 100 companies.
From the announcement of a public project, to the taking of a landowner’s property and disbursement of just compensation, Chuck advises his clients throughout the condemnation process. He contests the right of condemning authorities to take private property where public use is not apparent, as well as pursues inverse condemnation claims arising when private property is acquired without payment of just compensation. He handles condemnation cases in state and federal courts across North Carolina and Virginia.
Chuck is regularly invited to speak to businesses and private property owners about the condemnation process. He has lectured at state and national continuing legal education seminars and has published many scholarly articles regarding eminent domain law and private property rights.
Chuck received his undergraduate degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1972) and his JD from the Washington and Lee University School of Law (1977). He has earned the highest (AV) peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the oldest attorney directory and rating service, and is also listed by Best Lawyers in America® for Eminent Domain and Condemnation and in Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers.