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ASHEVILLE, N.C.—Womble Carlyle Land Use & Zoning attorneys John Cooke and Mike Thelen will be among the speakers at the 2016 North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys Summer Conference. The event takes place Aug. 5th-6th in Asheville.
Cooke and Thelen will speak on “Vested Rights” at the NCAMA Summer Conference.
An affiliate organization of the N.C. League of Municipalities, the North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys was founded to encourage a greater degree of cooperation among municipal attorneys; offer opportunities to discuss and exchange information; and offer opportunities to keep informed in the field of municipal law. Active members include full- and part-time municipal attorneys and others who have demonstrated a past or present interest in the practice of municipal law.
John Cooke has more than 30 years of experience in land use/zoning law and real estate litigation. Based in the Raleigh-Durham region, Cooke practices throughout North Carolina. He represents all types of business clients – developers, end users and land owners – when they attempt to use their land or maximize its value through securing entitlements, forming public-private agreements or handling litigation.
Mike Thelen focuses his practice on land use, local government law and real estate development litigation, having handled rezoning, quasi-judicial proceedings before local governments, negotiation and drafting of development agreements, site plans, land use planning, eminent domain, construction and lien disputes, commercial landlord-tenant disputes, commercial foreclosure and loan litigation, partnership dissolution, business torts, and civil fraud matters.
John and Mike co-author the North Carolina Land Use Litigator, the firm's blog on land use and zoning issues.