Chad W. Essick 

Campbell University, JD, 2006

North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers Advocacy Award

North Carolina State University, BA, 2003, summa cum laude

Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Societies

Professional and Community Activities

NC Legal Aid Volunteer, Lawyer on the Line Program

NC Big Sweep, Board of Directors, 2007-2013, Chairman of the Board 2012, 2013

North Carolina Bar Association -  Zoning, Planning & Land Use Section Council

Urban Land Institute, Member

Leadership Raleigh 27, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, 2011-2012

Wake County Bar Association

North Carolina Bar Association

Jurisdictions Licensed
301 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1900, Raleigh, NC 27601t: 919.783.2896||
P.O. Box 1801, Raleigh, NC 27602-1801f: 919.783.1075|

Chad primarily represents land owners, developers and local governments in state and federal court on a myriad of land-use, zoning and real estate issues including vested rights, constitutional matters, zoning ordinance interpretations, and title issues. He also represents land owners and developers before local Boards of Adjustment, Planning Commissions, City Councils, and County Commissioners on matters related to zoning, permitting, variances, annexations, special use permits, site plans, subdivisions and road closings.

Chad also represents and advises banks and financial institutions with respect to real estate land-use and title issues affecting distressed and /or bank-owned real estate, including litigation pertaining to real estate assets and security interests. He reviews and drafts real estate purchase contracts, lease agreements and other commercial contracts, and represents clients in litigation regarding the same.

Chad has also represented clients before the North Carolina General Assembly on limited issues.

Representative Experience

  • Regularly represents commercial and residential land owners before local planning boards, Boards of Adjustment, Historic Preservation Commissions, City Councils, County Commissioners and other local elected or appointed bodies
  • Represents land owners, developers and local governments in Superior Court and the Appellate Courts on land use and zoning appeals, including zoning ordinance interpretations, variances and permit approval or denial
  • Represents adjacent property owners and organized neighborhood associations in opposing rezonings and proposed land use projects
  • Advises local governments on land use decisions and draft amendments to development ordinances
  • Advises banks and financial institutions on real estate and land use related issues that pertain to distressed or bank-owned real estate
  • Represents buyers and sellers in real estate transactions
  • Represents banks and financial institutions in litigation matters related to real estate assets and security interests
  • Represents land owners and local governments in property tax appeals before the Property Tax Commission and local Boards of Equalization and Review
  • Represents companies and individuals before the Office of Administrative Hearings on matters pertaining to licensure and civil fines.

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Firm Management Responsibilities

​Chad is a member of the firm's Summer Clerk Hiring Committee and Diversity Committee.

Prior Legal Experience

Chad worked as a Lobbyist/Governmental Relations at the Edmisten and Webb Law Firm from 2002 to 2003 prior to joining Poyner Spruill.
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