Bradley Friesen

100 N Cherry St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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Bradley Friesen

Brad is an experienced litigator who focuses on real estate rights and business litigation.

"Protecting Property Rights"  is the theme of Brad's real estate rights practice.  He represents property owners, easement holders, and commercial lease parties in the following kinds of matters:

  • Commercial Lease Disputes
  • Transaction and Contract Disputes
  • Government Takings (Eminent Domain, Condemnation): Municipal, State, and Federal Takings
  • Encroachment (Boundary Disputes, Easements, Adverse Possession)
  • HOA and Restrictive Covenant Disputes
  • Government Regulation (Land Use, Zoning, Variances, Special Use Permits, etc.)
  • Family Ownership Disputes, including Partition
  • Title Problems
  • Access Problems
  • Residential Landlord Representation (Brad has handled more than 100 contested residential evictions throughout North Carolina and helps residential landlords with Problem Evictions, Property Manager Questions, Master Leases, Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disability Act issues, Discrimination Claims, DOJ Complaints, Animal Issues, and many more topics)
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Other Problems (e.g., storm water problems, cell tower leases, "what do I do about my neighbor's tree," etc.)
  • Property Tax Appeals

Brad also helps his clients resolve business disputes.  He has experience litigating contract, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, unfair or deceptive trade practices, fraud, and other business torts in North Carolina's state and federal trial and appellate courts.  He has helped business owners through contentious business breakups, including those that end up in court.

Having practiced law with Bell, Davis & Pitt throughout North Carolina since 2002, Brad has been involved with many more types of litigation.  He has represented municipalities and municipal officials, and banks in lender liability disputes.  He has defended § 1983 cases, multiemployer pension fund withdrawal liability claims, and much more.

Brad devotes his free time to his family and to various nonprofits in the Winston-Salem community.



Wheaton College, B.A., cum laude, 1999

University of Kansas, J.D. 2002

Bar & Court Admittance

2002, North Carolina

United States District Courts for the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of North Carolina 

Professional & Community Activities



Past YLD board member and treasurer, Forsyth County Bar Association

Board of directors, Winston-Salem Symphony 

North Carolina Bar Association (Technology Committee)


The Best Lawyers In America ® Litigation - Land Use and Zoning; Litigation - Real Estate (2023 Edition)

The Best Lawyers in America® - Litigation - Land Use and Zoning in the Triad (2023) ("Lawyer of the Year")

Best Lawyers in America® - Litigation - Land Use and Zoning (2021)

Best Lawyers in America® - Litigation - Real Estate (2021)

Best Lawyers in America® (2020)

Business North Carolina Legal Elite in Litigation, 2019

Superlawyers, Rising Star (multiple years)

Representative Experience

Representation of dozens of commercial and agricultural landowners in condemnation cases

Zoning map amendment for residential developer in Forsyth County.  Representation of other land owners throughout central North Carolina in land use matters

Successful representation of bank in trial and appellate courts against unfair trade practices and tort claims

Defense of fifth-percent business owner against claims for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, and unfair and deceptive trade practices in North Carolina Business Court

Represented real estate developer in arbitration to decision in commercial lease dispute

Defense of real estate developer against claims for fraud, negligent misrepresentation and other tort and contract claims related to the sale of twelve office buildings.  The case was designated as "exceptional" under Rule 2.1 of the General Rules of Practice.  Summary judgment obtained on all claims

Defense of trucking company and shareholders against claims for multi-employer pension fund withdrawal liability