Keith’s practice focuses on environmental and municipal law, and commercial litigation.
He has guided clients through virtually every state program designed to address contaminated property, including Brownfields agreements, the Dry-Cleaning Solvent program, petroleum underground storage tanks and reimbursements, and voluntary cleanups under the state’s Inactive Hazardous Sites law.
He represents both local governments and private parties in disputes over a variety of land use matters, including Superfund liability and other claims over responsibility for contamination, disputes among partners in development projects, and enforcement of zoning and other local land use restrictions. His litigation experience includes citizens suits, class action lawsuits, and litigation under the state Administrative Procedures Act over inter-basin water transfers and penalties and other enforcement actions initiated by state environmental authorities.
Keith has assisted developers and local governments with the planning, permitting and construction of a variety of projects, including solid waste recycling and disposal facilities, and compliance with the state Environmental Policy Act.
He also represents local governments regarding code enforcement, telecommunications, and information technology contracts.
Keith has completed extensive training and presented on electronic discovery.
- Obtain local franchise and zoning for construction and demolition recycling and disposal facility
- Represented a waste-to-energy company in contract to assume county solid waste operations and to construct a material recovery facility
- Defense verdict in litigation over failed landfill venture
- Obtained $1.5M judgment in arbitration for minority investors in residential development dispute
- Obtained judgment shutting down a racetrack in nuisance suit, after bench trial
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- General Electric Capital Funding Corp. v. Golden Corral Corp., 2001 U.S. App. Lexis 27344 (4th Cir. 2001) - Won summary judgment for franchisor who was sued by franchisee’s lender to recover franchisee’s debt.
- Davis v. City of Mebane, 132 N.C. App. 500, 512 S.E.2d 450 - Successfully moved to strike opponent’s expert’s opinions and won summary judgment in flood case.
- Successfully defended contractor in jury trial arising from lead paint abatement contract. (1996)
- General Textile Printing and Processing Corporation v. City of Rocky Mount, 908 F. Supp. 1295 (EDNC 1995) - Won summary judgment for municipality in suit challenging constitutionality of profit margin in utility fees.
Firm Management ResponsibilitiesKeith is Chair of Poyner Spruill's Land Use, Utilities, Government, Environmental and Real Estate Section, and leads the Sustainability Practice Group and E-Discovery Team.