Poyner Spruill Welcomes Education Law Practice Group

Email Notice

Although we would like to hear from you, we cannot represent you until we know that doing so will not create a conflict of interest. Also, we cannot treat unsolicited information as confidential. Accordingly, please do not send us any information about any legal matter until we authorize you to do so. To initiate a possible representation, call the professional at the listed telephone number.

By clicking the “ACCEPT” button, you agree that we may review any information you transmit to us. You recognize that, even if you submit information that you consider confidential in an effort to retain us, our review of that information will not create an obligation on us to keep it confidential and will not preclude us from representing another client directly adverse to you, even in a matter where that information could and will be used against you.

Please click the “ACCEPT” button if you understand and accept the foregoing statement and wish to proceed.

Accept close

Colin McGrath

t: 919.783.2951 f: 919.783.1075

Colin's legal practice includes zoning and land use advice and counsel, as well as litigation, for both public and private entities.

Read Colin's articles


Colin represents land owners, developers and local governments in state and federal court on a myriad of land use, zoning and environmental issues. He has also successfully represented land owners and developers in proceedings before local Boards of Adjustment, City Councils, and County Commissioners on a variety of complex and controversial land use projects.

Colin also devotes a substantial part of his practice to civil litigation, representing clients in a wide range of complex business disputes including corporate governance disputes, government-related disputes, tax litigation, antitrust matters, construction disputes, and trade secret litigation.

Areas of Focus

+Land Use, Zoning, & Environmental

  • Successfully represented landowners and developers in obtaining rezoning, special use permit, and other entitlement approvals for commercial, industrial, office, and residential development, including obtaining favorable court decisions upholding approval for certain projects
  • Obtained approvals on behalf of property owners for development projects within designated Historic Districts
  • Successfully represented adjacent landowners in mitigating adverse impacts of proposed development, including obtaining favorable court decisions upholding denial of certain projects
Visit our Land Use, Zoning, & Environmental page   ▶


  • Has obtained favorable court decisions and settlements on behalf of municipalities and counties concerning a variety of development issues, including zoning, land use, and utility issues
  • Represented local governments in proceedings to enforce zoning ordinances, building codes, and other regulations
  • Regularly advises local governments on development issues, including zoning ordinance amendments, annexation, and utility expansion issues
Visit our Government page   ▶

+Business Litigation

  • Successfully represented shareholders, officers, and directors in actions alleging fraud, breaches of fiduciary duties, and other corporate misconduct
  • Obtained dismissal of multiple claims against corporate defendant asserted by former shareholders in North Carolina Business Court
  • Obtained favorable settlement for corporate plaintiff in multi-million dollar dispute over royalty payments
Visit our Business Litigation page   ▶


+Community & Professional Activities

Leadership Raleigh 37, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, 2018-2019

North Carolina Bar Association – Zoning, Planning & Land Use Section YLD Liaison, 2021-Current

Wake County Bar Association


Campbell University School of Law, J.D., 2014

University of South Carolina-Columbia, BA, 2011, magna cum laude

+Notable Accomplishments

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® “Ones to Watch” (Commercial Litigation) 2021, 2023-2024; (Land Use and Zoning Law) 2023-2024; (Real Estate Law) 2023-2024

Ranked among Super Lawyers magazine’s North Carolina “Rising Stars”, 2021-2024

Symposium Editor

Campbell Law Review

Moot Court Team

Phi Beta Kappa

Here for you

Contact Colin

What you Need to Know

Read Recommended Articles

◀︎ All Professionals