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Raleigh Office of Nexsen Pruet Expands with Addition of Three Attorneys

August 14, 2017

The Raleigh office of Nexsen Pruet continues its expansion with the addition of three attorneys – David Ferrell, Norm Shearin, and Robert Schwentker.

David Senter, managing partner of Nexsen Pruet’s Raleigh office said, “As our Raleigh office continues to expand, we remain committed to and are guided by our firm’s model of hiring skilled attorneys with strong backgrounds and experience. With detailed knowledge within their practices, Norm, David and Robert will be tremendous resources for our clients and we are proud to welcome them aboard.”

David Ferrell and Norm Shearin join the firm from Vandeventer Black LLP.

David P. Ferrell brings extensive experience to Nexsen Pruet in the areas of civil litigation, professional liability defense, energy and public utilities, legislative representation and lobbying, eminent domain and real estate litigation, administrative and regulatory matters, government contracts, and construction litigation. He represents architects, engineers, project owners, contractors, and liability carriers in a variety of construction, professional liability, insurance coverage, employment and contract disputes, as well as in other matters. David represents clients in financial services, title insurance and securities litigation. He is a North Carolina registered lobbyist and has experience in state, local and executive branch lobbying, grass roots campaigns, and regulatory compliance. David represents energy, electric, water, and other utilities in various matters, including regulatory proceedings, right-of-way acquisition, eminent domain, and general liability matters. He regularly represents clients before the North Carolina Utilities Commission and other regulatory agencies. David’s civil litigation and business law practice includes representing businesses in construction matters, employment law litigation, and business disputes. His administrative and regulatory practice focuses on representing businesses and individuals before professional licensing boards, state and local regulatory and permitting agencies, and other similar agencies. David also serves as general counsel to North Carolina business and trade associations, as well as to state professional licensing boards. He frequently lectures on administrative law, condemnation, real estate, and legislative issues. David earned his B.A. degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his J.D. from Campbell University School of Law. He may be reached at or 919.573.7421.

Norman W. Shearin concentrates his law practice in condemnation, land use and property rights litigation matters. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Real Property Law (Business, Commercial, and Industrial Transactions). Norm is a seasoned condemnation, land use and property rights lawyer and has done considerable work for electric cooperatives and municipalities, representing both landowners and condemnors. He received a B.S. from the University of North Carolina and a J.D. from Wake Forest University, where he served as Research Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review. He is a member of the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation’s Counsel Association and the Electric Cooperative Bar Association. Norm is also dedicated to the community serving as a member of the Dare County Board of Education; Founding Director and Chairman of Friends of Nags Head Prior Woods (which received The Nature Conservancy National Stewardship Award); Director, Officer and Legal Counsel of the Outer Banks Community Foundation; and Chairman of Dare County Board of Education High School Facilities Task Force. Norm has served as general counsel for Cape Hatteras Electric Membership Corporation since 1972. He may be reached at or 919.573.7445.

Robert B. Schwentker comes to the firm from GreenCo Solutions, Inc., where he served as Senior Vice President of Legal Services and Chief Operating Officer. GreenCo is a green services company owned by many North Carolina electric cooperatives, created to help members meet their energy efficiency and renewable energy goals. Bob supervised corporate legal services, human resources, power supply contracts development, wholesale rate proceedings, litigation and environmental matters for NCEMC. Bob's practice at Nexsen Pruet will concentrate on representing electric membership cooperatives. He earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1973. In addition to his current position on the Electric Cooperative Bar Association's Advisory Board, Bob serves as a member of the American Bar Association's Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section Council group and has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Chamber. He may be reached at or 919.573.7446.

Nexsen Pruet, LLC is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas, with more than 190 attorneys and offices in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach, S.C. as well as Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh, N.C.  Founded in 1945, Nexsen Pruet provides a broad range of legal services to the business community and represents companies and other entities in local, state, national, and international venues. See more at