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Clyde Holt III

Clyde Holt III

Of Counsel

T (919) 755-8728
F (919) 838-3162

Clyde Holt concentrates his practice on government regulation, municipal zoning and environmental law. He also handles commercial real estate and development projects, and developers' frequent intersections with municipal law and regulators. Mr. Holt serves as General Counsel to the Centennial Authority, the owner and developer of the PNC Arena, a multipurpose arena that hosts the North Carolina State Wolfpack of the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League.

Mr. Holt has long provided counsel to municipalities across the Triangle. He is a former planning and zoning attorney for the City of Raleigh, and has previously chaired the City of Raleigh Civil Service Commission and the Wake County Library Commission, and served on the City of Raleigh Planning Commission, the City of Raleigh's Human Relations Committee as well as the Triangle Sports Authority. He presently serves as Town Attorney for Knightdale, North Carolina, on the Blue Ribbon Committee planning for the future of Wake County, on the Wake Technical Community College Foundation Board of Directors, and on the Board of Directors of the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association.

Mr. Holt is a frequent lecturer on planning and related land use topics before trade associations, business and citizen groups.

  • Selected by his peers as Raleigh Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year (Woodward/White, Inc.), Land Use and Zoning Litigation (2015)
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Land Use & Zoning Law for more than 10 years, Litigation-Land Use & Zoning (2012-2018)
  • Selected by Law & Politics Magazine for inclusion in North Carolina Super Lawyers, Political Law, 2009
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating * - and designated a Preeminent Land Use Lawyer in North Carolina

* 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.



  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1972
  • Northwestern University, B.A., 1969
  • North Carolina, 1972
  • North Carolina Municipal Lawyers Association
  • National Institute of Municipal Law Officials
  • Wake County Real Property Lawyers Association
  • North Carolina Sports and Entertainment Law Council
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association Land Use Council
  • Wake County Bar Association

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