Bar Admissions

North Carolina


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., with honors, 1993, National Moot Court; Phi Delta Phi

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1985


John Carmichael’s areas of practice include land use and zoning, commercial real estate and land use litigation. He regularly assists clients before governing boards, planning boards and boards of adjustment in connection with rezoning requests and requests for variances and development permits.

John is a LEED Accredited Professional, a distinction he earned through the Green Building Certification Institute.

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA, real estate: zoning/land use, 2014-24
  • The Best Lawyers in America, land use & zoning, litigation - land use & zoning, litigation - real estate, 2007-24; Charlotte Land Use & Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year, 2012, 2015-16, 2018; Charlotte Litigation - Land Use & Zoning Lawyer of the Year, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2024; Charlotte Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, 2022
  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, real estate, 2007



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Professional Affiliations

  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Vice President, 2006-07; Board of Directors, 2003-06
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Zoning, Planning and Land Use Section Council, Member, 2010-16; Chair, 2015-16
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