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.