John has more than 30 years of experience in land use law and real estate litigation. Based in the Raleigh-Durham region, John practices throughout North Carolina. He represents all types of business clients - developers, end users and land owners - when they attempt to use their land or maximize its value through securing entitlements, forming public-private agreements or handling litigation.
Because John represents private clients as well as local governments, he has an understanding of the economic and policy issues which influence governmental officials and private companies. Consequently, he frequently negotiates and drafts specialized agreements and local laws for clients. Building on his land use and zoning practice, John has developed niches in the areas of water regulations which restrict the use of land and complex civil litigation concerning unusual issues and matters of first impression such as historic lighthouses and the limits of local government powers.
John provides comprehensive solutions for all aspects of land use and zoning law problems. Whether a new or existing development, John’s goal is to secure all of the entitlements from local, state and federal agencies needed to enable the client to build its plans.
Articles in the National Law Review database by John C Cooke