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Neale T. Johnson

Neale T. Johnson

Partner, Construction Industry Leader

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

Neale Johnson practices construction law (transactional and dispute resolution), real estate litigation, financial services litigation, and general commercial litigation.

Neale assists owners, designers, general contractors, and trade contractors with contract negotiation, dispute avoidance and dispute resolution.  He has prepared and negotiated agreements involving public and private projects, including design agreements, design-build agreements, construction manager at risk, and multi-prime contracting models.  Neale leverages 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 full 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 defects
  • nonpayment, liens and bonds
  • bid protests
  • licensing issues

Neale helps clients resolve real estate, financial services/banking, collections, and general commercial disputes.  He has extensive experience in prosecuting and defending claims in court and arbitration, as well as collaborative practice (a form of lawyer-assisted bilateral negotiation) and mediation. 

Neale 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, 2018)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Business Edition list, Real Estate (2014, 2015)
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Construction Law, Litigation - Construction, (2018)
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Construction (2010, 2012-2014, 2017, 2018)
  • 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, deposition, 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 District and Bankruptcy Courts in North Carolina
  • North Carolina, 1998
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law
    • Division 9 Chair (2018)
    • Midwinter Meeting Program Co-Chair (2017)
  • American Bar Association Litigation Section
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Member, Construction Section
    • Co-editor, NCBA Construction Section's North Carolina Construction Law Deskbook, Eighth Edition
    • Board Member, BarCARES
    • Member, Litigation Section
  • American Institute of Architects, Documents Committee Liaison
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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