Will is involved in all facets of civil litigation before state and federal courts in North and South Carolina. He works with companies ranging in size from small local businesses to the Fortune 500 level on both the plaintiff and the defense side.

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Will assists developers, business owners and local governments in navigating the often complex field of land use law. His work includes land-use litigation, eminent domain and zoning cases, planned community development and environmental compliance.

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Will advises local governments on a wide range of issues including open meetings law, parliamentary procedure, labor and employment issues, and land use.

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Will assists businesses with understanding and adopting policies to prevent data breaches. He also helps companies experiencing breach events with the response and notification process, often coordinating efforts across multiple states.

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Selectee, North Carolina Bar Association Leadership Academy, Class of 2016

UNC Gressman-Pollitt Award for Oral Advocacy (Best Overall, RRWA Class), 2010

Order of Walter Hines Page for outstanding service as a member of NC State Board of Trustees, 2007

NC State Mathews Medal, awarded to an NC State senior for the highest level of leadership and service to the university, 2007

Division Director, N.C. Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Law Student Division, 2016-present

Co-Chair, N.C. Bar Association Litigation Section Pro Bono Committee, 2015-present

YLD Liaison, N.C. Bar Association Zoning Planning and Land Use Section, 2016-present

Member, N.C. Bar Association Strategic Planning and Emerging Trends Committee, 2016-present

Member, Wake County Bar Association Social Committee, 2013-present

Member, Triangle Urban Land Institute, 2016-present

President, NC State Friends of the Library, 2014-2016; member, 2009-present

Vice President, Park Alumni Society Board of Directors, 2010-2015; member, 2008-2016

Member, Sigma Chi Delta Epsilon Chapter Foundation Board of Directors, 2007-present

Member, Sigma Chi Delta Epsilon Chapter Housing Corporation, 2012-present

Chair, Compassion in Action relief campaign for victims of Hurricane Katrina, 2005-2006


I’m often asked why I decided to become a lawyer. The truth is that I feel like I’ve always been a lawyer at heart. I may not have technically become licensed to practice law until I was sworn into the state Bars of North and South Carolina, but being a good lawyer is about more than the technicalities.

To me being a lawyer is about asking questions and never taking things as a given. It’s about digging further, testing and trying multiple theories, reading and researching until I’ve looked at every angle. It’s about taking a position and coming up with the best argument to express that point. It’s about being persistent and determined, while understanding that sometimes it’s best to seek a compromise position.  
I am now and have always been perpetually curious, excited by the opportunity to learn and apply new things, and energized by a good debate.  It was natural that I ended up a lawyer with that combination of attributes!

When I’m not being a lawyer, you can usually find me spending time with my beautiful and talented wife, Meghan, who is an accomplished political fundraiser; playing USTA league tennis; hiking or kayaking outdoors; or watching an NC State football or basketball game.

What I love about my job is that there's no one-size-fits-all approach. Each legal matter arises from a unique set of circumstances and the strategy is always a little different. I draw energy from the challenge of figuring out what will work best for a particular client.

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