David W. Murray

Top rated Eminent Domain attorney in Charlotte, North Carolina

Murray Law Firm, PLLC
David W. Murray
Murray Law Firm, PLLC

Practice Areas: Eminent Domain, Land Use & Zoning

Licensed in North Carolina since: 2008

Education: North Carolina Central University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2023

Murray Law Firm, PLLC

5950 Fairview Rd
Suite 710
Charlotte, NC 28210 Visit website


At the Murray Law Firm, David W. Murray represents landowners who are facing eminent domain and land condemnation by the City of Charlotte, North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), Piedmont Natural Gas Company (PNG) and other condemning authorities across North Carolina. He also maintains a zoning and land litigation practice, assisting clients with rezonings and zoning appeals and variances.

Mr. Murray is licensed to practice in all the state courts of North Carolina and before the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts with a major in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then graduated magna cum laude with his Juris Doctor from the North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2008.  While in law school, he was a member of the Moot Court Board. He is also a graduate of the 2014 Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute.

He is a former chair of the Eminent Domain Section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute Committee.

Mr. Murray has been recognized by the Best Lawyers in America publication for Land Use, Zoning and Eminent Domain since 2021, North Carolina Super Lawyers publication since 2015 and Business North Carolina publication Legal Elite in Real Estate since 2023.  He also holds a 10 out of 10 rating on Avvo.

Practice areas

Eminent Domain, Land Use/Zoning
  • 80% Eminent Domain
  • 20% Land Use/Zoning

First Admitted: 2008, North Carolina

Professional Webpage: https://www.murraylawfirm.com/attorneys/david-murray/

  • Best Lawyers in America, Zoning, 2021-2023; Eminent Domain, 2023-2024, Best Lawyers
  • Legal Elite, Real Estate Law, 2023-2024, Business North Carolina
  • Rising Stars List, Eminent Domain, 2015-2023; Super Lawyers List, Eminent Domain, 2024, Super Lawyers
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute, Class of 2014
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Judicial Nominating Committee Member, 2020 - 2023
  • 26th Judicial Bar Candidates Committee, 2015
  • Habitat for Humanity International, HYP Advisory Council, 2013 - 2016
  • Habitat Young Professionals of Charlotte, Chair, 2011 - 2012
  • Mecklenburg County Bar - Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, Bar Leadership Institute Committee, Chair, 2019 - 2020
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 2010
  • Mecklenburg County Bar - Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, Bar Leadership Institute Committee, 2014 - 2020
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Eminent Domain Section, Chair, 2011-2012, 2016-2017
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina, 2008
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Journal of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law, Executive Editor, 2007-2008
  • Eminent Domain Update, NCAJ, 2010 - 2021
  • "Landlord/Tenant Issues: How Much Does the Tenant Get?" and "New Cost Statute for Expert Witnesses", NCAJ Eminent Domain CLE, 2009
  • "Dollars and Sense: Recovering Costs in your Case", NCAJ Eminent Domain CLE, 2011
  • "Often Misunderstood: The Scope of the Project Rule and Project Influence", NCAJ Eminent Domain CLE, 2013
  • "North Carolina Public Use or Benefit", NCAJ Eminent Domain CLE, 2014
  • "Drafts, Depositions, and Discovery of Expert Appraisers", NCAJ Eminent Domain CLE, 2016
  • "Practical Skills: Recognizing Water Issues and Responding to Them at Various Stages of a Case", NCAJ Eminent Domain CLE, 2017
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Springs v. City of Charlotte, 730 S.E.2d 803 (N.C. App. 2012)
  • Kelly v. Shoaf, COA11-335 (N.C. App. 2011) (unpublished)
  • Springs v. City of Charlotte, 704 S.E.2d 319 (N.C. App. 2011)
  • City of Charlotte v. Williams, 707 S.E.2d 710 (N.C. App. 2011)
  • City of Charlotte v. Combs, 719 S.E.2d 59 (N.C. App. 2011)
  • Universal Ins. Co. v. Patterson, 708 S.E.2d 129 (N.C. App. 2011)
  • NCJS, LLC v. City of Charlotte, 803 S.E.2d 684 (N.C. App 2017)
  • Piedmont Natural Gas Company v. Kinlaw, 813 S.E.2d 642 (N.C. App. 2018)
  • Gieseking v. Town of Grover, COA18-441 (N.C. App. 2018) (unpublished)
Educational Background:
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, B.A. Political Science2005

Office location for David W. Murray

5950 Fairview Rd
Suite 710
Charlotte, NC 28210

Phone: 704-940-9095


1 Year Super Lawyers
9 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2023

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