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Merrick Parrott

Partner
Raleigh | 919.835.4504
Fax | 919.834.4564

Merrick Parrott focuses on renewable energy, assisting solar, wind, and other developers with the full scope of their legal needs.

Merrick represents energy clients before the North Carolina Utilities Commission, including securing permits and certificates as well as handling regulatory filings. She also helps developers navigate local land use regulations and obtain quasi-judicial permits and rezoning requests.

In addition, Merrick counsels on the acquisition, sale, financing, and permitting of renewable energy facilities across the Southeast, coordinating transaction documents and due diligence for portfolios ranging in value from $10 million to $200 million.

Merrick also represents local governments and private parties in land use and zoning issues, property tax appeals, and eminent domain and condemnation. She has advised town governments on a broad range of legal issues.

Merrick received her law degree from Vanderbilt University where she was the symposium editor for the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review. She was also the president of the Vanderbilt Bar Association and the executive editor of content for the Obiter Dictum. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Before attending law school, Merrick worked for the Contemporary Art Foundation, a nonprofit that supports CAM Raleigh and the development of the Triangle arts community.

Representative Experience

  • Assisted clients on developing renewable energy facilities, including solar, wind, biomass, and combined heat and power projects.
  • Assisted clients with regulatory filings before the North Carolina Utilities Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
  • Secured certificates of public convenience and necessity (CPCNs) for a broad range of projects, including merchant plants. 
  • Secured a certificate from the North Carolina Utilities Commission for an electric generator lessor.
  • Assisted clients with local land use and zoning issues.
  • Assisted landowners and local governments in condemnation actions.
  • Assisted clients on property tax appeals, including appeals to local boards of equalization and review and to the North Carolina Property Tax Commission.
  • Assisted clients in complex business litigation.

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Honors & Awards

  • Leadership Raleigh, Class of 2020-2021
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2021-2022
  • North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2019, 2021

Memberships

  • Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh (CAM Raleigh), CAM/now Steering Committee, 2014-2015