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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 state and federal litigation, from pre-dispute resolution through appeal. He has a particular focus on eminent domain and real estate litigation and has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® for his work in those fields.

In his eminent domain work, Michael 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 defending automotive dealerships against consumer claims in arbitration and in court. Across several industries, he has extensive experience with torts, breaches of contract, collection matters, and other business disputes.

Michael chairs Parker Poe's Pro Bono Committee, coordinating pro bono initiatives across all eight of the firm's offices. He 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. When not practicing law, Michael enjoys traveling, going to the beach, and cheering on the Tar Heels.

Representative Experience

Eminent Domain

  • Acquired easements and rights-of-way for client in connection with a multi-mile right-of-way project across numerous counties.
  • Advised utility about right-of-way acquisition in a high-profile, multibillion-dollar project.
  • Represented local public utility in connection with acquisition of easements in dense commercial areas.
  • Represented transportation authority in acquisition of approximately 23 acres for a maintenance facility.

Real Estate Litigation

  • Secured dismissal of homeowners association from lawsuit against developer concerning access to common areas.
  • 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.
  • Enforced and upheld utility’s easement rights by obtaining declaratory relief and defended ruling on appeal before the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
  • Successfully argued dispositive motions on legal and equitable issues on behalf of a secured lender in connection with real estate litigation.

General Litigation

  • Obtained defense verdict for a large broker-dealer in a FINRA arbitration involving claims of defamation and retaliation valued at more than $9 million.
  • Resolved pre-suit tort claims for a Fortune 500 company.
  • Defended automotive dealerships in litigation and arbitration against consumer claims alleging improper repairs, breaches of warranty, and other allegations.
  • Reached favorable settlement of claims of defamation and tortious interference for a client in the financial services industry.
  • Resolved customer complaints through a broker-dealer's early dispute resolution program.
  • Defended contractors and design professionals in construction litigation, including scheduling disputes, delay/disruption claims, design defects, and construction defects.

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Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Real Estate Litigation, 2024
  • North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2018-2022


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