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Thomas H. Johnson, Jr.


  • (T) 919.786.2764
  • (F) 919.788.1104

Thomas H. ("Tom") Johnson, Jr. is a "land use lawyer's land use lawyer."  He practices with the firm's real estate practice group and is leader of the firm's zoning and land use law practice subgroup.  He has more than two decades of experience in a broad range of real estate matters, and is a Board Certified Specialist in Real Property Law (Business, Commercial, Industrial, and Residential Transactions).

Using his experience from serving on the Greenville City Council and his background in commercial real estate development, Tom represents clients in planning, zoning, and land use matters throughout North Carolina.

Tom's background in the telecommunications industry is broad-based and includes all matters related to developing wireless networks in North and South Carolina.  In his land-use practice, he has assisted in the permitting of large multi-use commercial developments and residential developments.  Tom has appeared successfully before city and county planning commissions, zoning boards and elected bodies in North and South Carolina.


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., 1985
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1982
Bar Admissions
  • North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • North Carolina Bar Association - Planning and Land Use Section, Chair; Founding Member; past Secretary, Treasurer and Vice Chair; Member of Section Council
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Real Property Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Associations
  • Member of the Raleigh Chamber Board of Advisors and Economic Development Board and Board of Advisors
  • Carolinas Wireless Association


  • Listed in Chambers & Partners USA - "Leading Individual" in Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2014-2015
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly "Leaders in the Law" Award recipient, 2014
  • Listed in North Carolina's Super Lawyers® for Real Estate, 2017 
  • Board Certified Specialist in Real Property Law - Business, Commercial, Industrial and Residential Transactions
  • Chair - Zoning, Planning and Land Use Section Council of NC Bar Association
  • LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) by the U.S. Green Building Council

In Tom's off-time, he enjoys the outdoors with his family. He bikes, runs, skis, and throws a great barbeque.  He lives on the greenway adjacent to one of North Carolina's largest state parks, and frequents its trails weekly.

Tom Johnson main bio photoTom Johnson Outside Nexsen Pruet

"My clients tell me they value my practicality. I take it as a compliment."