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Michael J. Crook

Raleigh | 919.835.4522
Fax | 919.834.4564

Michael Crook represents governmental, business, and professional clients in all phases of federal and state court litigation, from pre-suit dispute resolution through appeal.

Michael litigates a range of real estate matters. His experience includes representing condemnors in large-scale eminent domain projects, advising developers in land use disputes, and advocating for property owners who have been denied their right to develop. Additionally, he 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 his real estate litigation, Michael works with broker-dealers and financial advisors in defending claims involving investment suitability, selling away, fraud, churning, and switching. He also handles employment matters, including claims of wrongful termination and FINRA Form U4/U5 defamation. Even before claims turn into litigation, Michael works closely with compliance and legal departments to achieve the early resolution of customer disputes.

Outside of litigation, Michael represents clients in connection with inquiries and investigations from governmental bodies and regulatory organizations, including the North Carolina Department of Justice and self-governing licensing boards.

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 also serves 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.

Representative Experience

  • Counsels clients on a wide range of issues that include:
    • Representing property owners in real estate litigation over proposed development.
    • Enforcing easement rights of a large utility.
    • Representing financial advisors, registered investment advisors, and broker-dealers in FINRA arbitration proceedings.
    • Managing large-scale eminent domain projects acquiring rights of way.
    • Defending contractors and design professionals in construction litigation, including scheduling disputes, delay/disruption claims, design defects, and construction defects.
    • Litigating title issues and resolving title insurance claims.
    • Evicting commercial tenants.
  • Acquired easements and rights-of-way for eminent domain client in connection with a multibillion-dollar project.
  • Advised an energy industry client on condemnation procedures for interstate pipelines.
  • Obtained dismissal of homeowners association from lawsuit against developer concerning access to common areas.
  • Obtained defense verdict for a large broker-dealer in a FINRA arbitration involving claims of defamation and retaliation valued at more than $9 million.
  • Obtained summary judgment for landowners seeking to redevelop a golf course and defended the order on appeal to the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. 
  • Resolved customer complaints through a broker-dealer’s early dispute resolution program.
  • Reached favorable settlement of claims of defamation and tortious interference for a client in the financial services industry.
  • Successfully argued dispositive motions on legal and equitable issues on behalf of a secured lender in connection with real estate litigation.

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Honors & Awards

  • North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2018


  • International Right of Way Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Friends of the City of Raleigh (COR) Museum, Board of Directors, 2016-2019