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David J. Neill

David J. Neill


T (919) 755-8766
F (919) 838-3168

Dave Neill's practice is focused primarily on commercial real estate, finance, and land development. Dave's experience is varied with recent experience that includes:

  • Buyer’s counsel in a multi-phased, land acquisition for re-development of a North Carolina municipality’s central business district;
  • Lender's counsel to private equity lenders in short-timeline, high stakes closings throughout North Carolina;
  • Borrower's counsel to non-profit and governmental institutions including a recent $26,000,000 mortgage-secured bond refinancing;
  • Developer's counsel in various commercial and residential matters before local governments including a new 1,500 acre championship golf course community in the Sandhills of North Carolina;

Dave is well-versed in legal principles related to real estate finance, industrial incentives, and related complex contract negotiations.  His two decades of experience in land development, including six years on the economic development team of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce gives him unique insight into the complex interplay between governmental institutions and private property owners.

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Real Estate Law (2018)
  • LEED Accredited Professional with Building Design & Construction Specialty (LEED AP BD+C)
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Real Estate (2013)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, Listed Real Estate (2009-2011, 2013, 2014)
  • Business Leader Magazine's "Movers & Shakers" (2010), awarded to executives in leadership positions making a difference in their companies and the community
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, "Emerging Legal Leaders" Finalist, 2010
Thought Leadership


  • "Making our Bad Boilerplate … Betterish?" 2017 Commercial Seminar, Investors Title Insurance Company, Raleigh, NC, May 2017
  • "I Think I Can, I Think I Can:  NC Railroad Law," 2015 Commercial Seminar, Investors Title Insurance Company, Cary, NC, March 2015
  • "Land Use for the Transactional Lawyer," 2013 Fall Gathering, Investors Title Insurance Company, October 2013
  • "The Unauthorized Practice of Law:  Practical Implications for Non-Lawyer Professionals", Stakes in the Ground: 2008 Hot Topics", Zoning, Planning, & Land Use Section Annual Meeting, North Carolina Bar Association, Cary, NC, March 2008
  • "Non Lawyers & the Quasi-Judicial Hearing:  Unauthorized Practice of Law?", Advanced Zoning & Land Use Seminar, Lorman Educational Services, Raleigh, NC, December 2007
  • "Twenty Tips in Twenty Minutes for New Lawyers" North Carolina Practical Skills Workshop 2007, North Carolina Bar Association, Raleigh, NC, September 2007
  • "Law of Easements:  Legal Issues & Practical Considerations in North Carolina" Lorman Continuing Legal Education, Greenville, NC, April 2006
  • "The New Law of Subdivision" Wake County Homebuilders Association, Raleigh, NC, December 2005
  • "Introduction to the Law of Zoning and Land Use" Lorman Continuing Legal Education, Raleigh, NC, May 2005
  • Co-Chair – Continuing Legal Education Committee - Zoning, Planning & Land Use Section, NC Bar Association (2017-Present)
  • Chair - Ethics Committee - Zoning, Planning & Land Use Section, NC Bar Association (2016-2017)
  • Professionalism Committee - North Carolina Bar Association Foundation (2012-2016)
  • Commissioner - Durham Historic Preservation Commission (2013-2015)
  • Vice-Chair - Durham Board of Adjustment (2004-2012)
  • Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Real Property and Zoning, Planning & Land Use Sections)
  • Professional Associates Network - Preservation North Carolina
  • National Eagle Scout Association
  • Holy Infant Catholic Church
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2004
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., Political Science, Public Policy Analysis, 1995
  • Ocean County College, A.A., Liberal Studies, summa cum laude, 1993
  • North Carolina, 2004
Academic Honors
  • The Order of Barristers
  • Publication Editor, First Amendment Law Review
  • Parliamentarian, Holderness Moot Court of the University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Gressman-Pollitt Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy

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