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Elizabeth C. Trahos

Elizabeth C. Trahos


T (919) 755-8760
F (919) 838-3167

As a personable advocate for her clients and an aggressive problem-solver, Beth Trahos focuses her practice on commercial real estate development, land use, government regulation and wealth transfer planning.  Using her natural abilities for building consensus, she regularly represents developers, builders, property owners, and local governments in land use and municipal law matters.  She frequently appears before City Councils, Planning Commissions and Boards of Adjustment representing clients seeking or opposing rezonings, special and conditional use permits, subdivisions, annexations, variances, text amendments, and code interpretations in North Carolina and Virginia.

Beth is at the forefront of the solar boom in the southeast, assisting in the land use permitting of more than two hundred (200) utility-scale solar farms representing more than a Gigawatt of new energy production for the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

In what may be a unique complement to her real estate development focus, Beth also has helps clients through the complicated legal considerations of estate planning. Beth works to ensure that a will or trust integrates smoothly with life insurance policies, retirement-plans, and co-tenancy assets with an eye toward minimizing transfer tax burdens  Beth serves estate planning clients throughout North Carolina and Virginia.

  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, Land Use/Zoning, 2009-2012
  • Selected by her peers as Raleigh Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year (Woodward/White, Inc.), Land Use & Zoning (2014)
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Land Use & Zoning Law (2009-2018)
  • Triangle Business Journal's 2006 Women In Business Award
  • Triangle Business Journal's 40 Under 40 (2011), awarded to outstanding professionals under the age of 40 for their contributions to their organizations and to the community.
  • Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women's 2008 Networking Award


  • University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Master of Urban and Regional Planning, 1997
  • University of Richmond, Westhampton College, B.A., Political Science (Minor in Business Administration), 1994
  • Virginia, 1998
  • North Carolina, 1997
  • Wake County Planning Board, Member (2002-2010); Chair (2006-2008); Vice-Chair (2004-2006)
  • Joint Legislative Study Commission on Municipal Annexation (2009)
  • North Carolina League of Municipalities, Technical Advisory Committee (2006-2008)
  • St. Augustine College, Member of Curriculum Advisory Council for Center for Real Estate Management and Development
  • North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys' Association, Board of Directors (2006-2008)
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Women in the Profession Committee
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • American Planning Association; Planning and Law Division, Former Secretary-Treasurer; North Carolina Section
  • American Bar Association, Land Use Section
  • Virginia State Bar, Real Estate Section
  • Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women

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