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Nathaniel Parker


Nathaniel practices in the areas of land use, zoning, real estate litigation and business litigation. He helps clients obtain approvals to use their land and protects their rights when they are wrongly denied those approvals. Nathaniel represents clients in state and federal courts.


Nathaniel began his legal career in 2005 as a clerk for U.S. District Court Judge James C. Dever III in Raleigh.

Some of Nathaniel’s successes include recovering nearly a million dollars of illegally required impact fees for a developer, stopping civil penalties for a zoning violation for 18 months while a business relocated, preventing the condemnation of a private water system, and obtaining a complete dismissal of a novel claim that a manufacturer’s key building product line was defective.

Nathaniel has experience representing clients before town boards and courts on rezoning petitions, special use permits, variances, and certificates of appropriateness. He assists landowners whose property has been taken by eminent domain, real estate brokers whose commissions have been withheld, homeowners’ associations whose restrictive covenants are being violated or need revision, contractors who have not been paid, and landlords and businesses who are negotiating commercial leases.

Nathaniel has provided legal assistance to human trafficking survivors and chaired the Domestic Violence Commission. He and his family served as missionaries in Mexico for three years.


Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary – Master of Arts, 2014

Washington and Lee University School of Law – Juris Doctor, 2005

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Bachelor of Arts with Honors, 2000

Certifications and Bar Admissions

  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP)
  • Admitted to practice before all NC State Courts, US District Court for the Eastern District of NC and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional and Civic Activities 

  • International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Missionary to Mexico (2018-21)
  • North Carolina Domestic Violence Commission, Chairman (2017-18), Member (2013-17)
  • JusticeMatters, Inc., Staff Attorney (Human Trafficking) (2012-16)
  • Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Program, Ambassador Program (2014-15)
  • Triangle Leadership Forum, Class of 2012
  • Town of Cary, Town Center Review Commission, Vice-Chairman (2006-09)

Publications and Speaking Engagements 

  • “The Basics of Variances,” in NC Bar Assoc. Newsletter, June 2012
  • “The Basics of Quasi-Judicial Proceedings,” in NC Bar Assoc. Newsletter, April 2012
  • “Confusion at DWQ over Variances Resolved,” with Keith P. Anthony, July 2011
  • “Law on School Fees Settled,” with Megan C. Lambert, January 2011
  • “Going … Going … Gone! Why Time is of the Essence in Preserving the Value of Development Entitlements in Distressed Real Estate Assets,” with William J. Brian, Jr., April 15, 2010
  • “Exactions, Impact Fees and Adequate Public Facilities Ordinances – Can They Really Do That?” NC Bar Assoc. CLE with Laura Loyek, April 2008
  • “Site plan reviewers need to keep politics out,” with Eric Braun, Triangle Business Journal, October 26, 2007
  • “Restrictive Covenants and Related Issues,” Wake Forest University CLE with Patrick Byker, March 2007


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