RALEIGH — June 14, 2022 — Miller Monroe & Plyler is pleased to announce that Will Smith has joined the firm to launch its Eminent Domain and Land Condemnation practice, representing landowners when the government and other condemning authorities take property for public use. Will is a graduate of Virginia Tech (B.S. Marketing Management) and Campbell University School of Law (J.D.).
Since 2017, Will has served as an Assistant Attorney General with the North Carolina Department of Justice, litigating land condemnation matters for the North Carolina Department of Transportation throughout the State. He helped oversee and manage the “Map Act” litigation, a project that included over 500 cases across the State of North Carolina and involved a novel area of eminent domain law. After working on the Map Act litigation and helping to see the first cases through trial and appeal to the North Carolina Supreme Court, Will switched his focus to representing the NCDOT in more general condemnation cases and was involved in numerous jury trials. Before joining the North Carolina Department of Justice, Will served as Deputy General Counsel with the North Carolina Department of Transportation from 2014 – 2017, advising the Department on a broad array of legal issues affecting the NCDOT.
“Given the firm’s extensive relationships in commercial and residential real estate development and construction, offering land condemnation and land use services to our clients has long been a goal of ours. When the opportunity to partner with a highly respected legal mind and pillar of our community in Will Smith, it became clear the time was now for us to launch these practice areas.” said Jason Miller, Partner, Miller Monroe & Plyler.
Prior to entering public service, Will worked for McGuireWoods, where he represented one of the largest banks in the country in mortgage disputes and Fair Credit Reporting Act cases.
With MMP, Will’s practices areas will include land condemnation (eminent domain), land use and rezoning, construction law, and commercial litigation.
“We are incredibly honored to have Will join our team. On the personal side, his family and community focus align perfectly with our firm’s values and, on the legal side, his extensive experience in land condemnation will allow our firm to provide tremendous value to our existing clients and new clients throughout the State,” added Jeff Monroe, Partner.
Will was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, and has lived in North Carolina since 2004, residing in Buies Creek, Charlotte, and now Raleigh. Will and his wife Meredith have lived in Raleigh since 2013. Meredith is a native of Greensboro, NC, and is a professor at the UNC School of Government. Will and Meredith have two children, a boy and a girl. In his free time Will serves as a certified therapy dog team lead with his dog Sunny, visiting area hospitals. Will also enjoys coaching his children’s youth basketball teams and rooting on his Hokies.
Founded in 2009, Miller Monroe & Plyler is a civil litigation firm serving corporations, small businesses, and individuals in the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill areas, and throughout the State of North Carolina. The firm’s primary practice areas include business and commercial litigation, construction litigation, personal injury and wrongful death, estate litigation, creditor’s rights – bankruptcy, land condemnation, sports law, and general civil litigation matters.
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