Administrative & Governmental

Our Administrative & Governmental attorneys help clients, whether local governments and their officials or businesses interacting with those governments, navigate complex regulatory matrices and compliance and enforcement issues.

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Administrative Law Attorneys

Our administrative law attorney team offers broad experience advising local governments and their officials on North Carolina law. We are highly skilled in counseling local governments, administrative bodies, businesses and individuals on a wide range of issues — including contract bidding, employment and OSHA issues, asset exchanges, open meeting law, economic incentives, annexation, bond financing, healthcare, environmental, permitting, land use, and zoning issues. 

We guide clients through bureaucratic processes, while avoiding potential liabilities. If matters escalate, we have experience representing our clients at administrative hearings and state and federal litigation.

Our firm's dedicated administrative law attorneys continuously monitor what's going on at the state and local level, and track proposed rules and legislation. We assist diverse clients in the administrative rule-making process, with adjudication before many official entities, including:

  • Office of Administrative Hearings
  • Local planning boards and boards of adjustment
  • Professional oversight bodies
  • State agencies and boards including:
    • Environmental Management Commission
    • Division of Public Health
    • Division of Health Service Regulation
    • Code Officials Qualification Board
    • Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission 

The Administrative group works closely with the firm’s litigation, environmental, business and real estate groups. A sampling of our experience includes:

  • Representing various commissions and boards in court, including municipal and county elected and appointed boards

  • Representing a restaurant chain with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Health on interpretation of food service rules

  • Administrative actions challenging and negotiating environmental enforcement violations and penalties

  • Experienced zoning representation before municipal and county councils and commissions, planning boards, boards of adjustment, historic preservation commissions, and related bodies

  • Assisting local boards and governments in drafting ordinances

  • Defending industry from local and state regulatory challenges by citizen groups

Bell, Davis & Pitt’s attorneys have been very thorough and professional in dealing with me.  They are realistic and honest in assessing the probability of a successful outcome, and they keep me fully and timely informed about the issues and progress of each case. I am very satisfied with their services, so much so that I have recommended Bell, Davis & Pitt to friends needing legal services.

J.T. Henson