The Brough Law Firm, PLLC was founded by Michael B. Brough in 1988 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The firm has five lawyers and supporting administrative staff in Chapel Hill and Concord, North Carolina. The firm’s practice is primarily devoted to representing local governments in state and federal court in areas of land use law, civil rights defense, employment law, general representation, and litigation and appeals. In addition, the firm also assists numerous individuals and corporations in a broad range of municipal and land use matters, such as seeking development permits or engaging in litigation at the trial and appellate levels.

The Brough Law Firm, PLLC has been named a Tier 1 firm in the areas of Land Use and Zoning Law by US News and World Report for 2016.

The firm serves as general counsel for the Towns of Aberdeen, Cameron, Carrboro, Carthage, Hillsborough, Hoffman, Hope Mills, Oakboro, Pinebluff, Robbins, Stem, and Vass; the Cities of Hamlet, Roxboro and Trinity; and the Villages of Foxfire Village and Whispering Pines. The firm also provides litigation services for the Town of Cary, and regularly assists numerous other cities and counties throughout the State in matters ranging from ordinance drafting to litigation.

The firm’s private clients include individuals, citizen groups, businesses and corporations, and commercial and residential developers. We advise and represent these clients on a broad range of planning, zoning and land use related issues such as rezonings, variances, special and conditional use permits, annexations, condemnations, vested rights, subdivision development, historic district designations, and the N.C. Coastal Area Management Act, as well as other land use and environmental laws.

The members of the firm have extensive experience in litigation and appellate matters, and have argued over 120 cases in the N.C. Supreme Court, N.C. Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In addition, various members of the firm have taught on the adjunct faculties at the University of North Carolina School of Law, North Carolina Central University School of Law, Duke University School of Law, Campbell University School of Law, Elon University, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and at the Institute of Government in Chapel Hill. Collectively, the members of the firm have published 12 books and monographs, and over 80 articles (including Continuing Legal Education papers) on various areas of law in which the firm practices.

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