Michael Crook focuses his practice on real estate litigation. He represents governmental, business, and professional clients in all phases of state and federal litigation, from pre-dispute resolution through appeal.
Michael’s practice includes a particular focus on eminent domain and condemnation litigation. He regularly represents municipalities, government agencies, transportation authorities, utilities, and other condemnors in a variety of settings, ranging from small takings to large, high-profile projects. Michael also represents commercial landowners in condemnation proceedings brought by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. His experience representing both condemnors and landowners gives him a well-rounded perspective, which he uses to help clients identify potential sticking points and reach resolutions.
Outside of the context of eminent domain, Michael advises developers in land use disputes and represents landlords and tenants in commercial lease disputes. Additionally, Michael is panel counsel for one of the country's largest title insurance companies and prosecutes title curative actions across North Carolina on behalf of its insureds.
In addition to real estate, Michael litigates a range of claims, including torts, breaches of contract, collection matters, and other business disputes.
Michael volunteers his time by representing abused and neglected juveniles before North Carolina's appellate courts through the Guardian ad Litem program and by representing low-income individuals through Legal Aid of North Carolina. He recently served on the board of the Friends of the City of Raleigh (COR) Museum. When not practicing law, Michael enjoys traveling, going to the beach, and cheering on the Tar Heels.