Jonathan practices in the areas of construction law and business litigation. He frequently represents owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers on the front end by assisting in contract drafting and negotiations. When disputes arise, he has experience representing clients in a wide array of construction issues, including, but not limited to contractual disputes, defects, delays, and lien and bond claims. He also represents clients outside of the construction industry in various commercial and collection disputes, with a particular focus on trucking industry defense work. Jonathan has helped resolve many disputes at mediation, has argued numerous motions in state court and has federal trial experience.

He earned a law degree with high honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he was a member of the North Carolina Law Review and the Graduate Student Attorney General’s Staff. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Spanish from the University of Virginia.

His past experience includes:

  • Judicial Intern for the Honorable J. Douglas McCullough of the North Carolina Court of Appeals;
  • Legal Extern for the Trademark Counsel’s Office at GlaxoSmithKline in RTP;
  • Summer Immigration Law Intern at Pisgah Legal Services in Asheville, NC;

Community & Professional

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Chair, NC Bar Association Construction Section Newsletter Committee
  • Grants Committee, Future Fund, 2015-2016
  • Greensboro Bar Association, Young Lawyer Section Board Member, 2014-2016; Ask-a-Lawyer Day Coordinator, 2015-2016

Outside Nexsen Pruet

After spending the bulk of his youth living in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, Jonathan developed a strong appreciation for the outdoors. Whether it’s hiking, mountain biking, hunting or fishing, Jonathan loves any and all outdoor activities.

When not out in the wilderness, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his wife, Sydney, their daughter, Chaney, and their golden retriever, Clemmie. Jonathan also loves traveling to foreign countries and is an avid fan of UVA athletics


  • Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers®, "Rising Stars" in Construction Litigation, 2019, 2020, 2022


  • "Climate Change and Change Orders: Consideration Of Force Majeure" By David A. Senter and Jonathan W. Massell, NC Bar Association Construction Law Section newsletter, Change Order, September 2016. Read article here.
  • "Let Freedom of Contract Ring" NC Supreme Court Upholds Enforceability of Long-Term Express Warranties  June 2015.  Read article here.
  • Construction Law Alert: "Long Term Express Warranties: North Carolina Ruling May Shorten Lifespan" April 2014.  Read article here. 


  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
  • Unites States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
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What is it about your practice that you enjoy most?

Coming up with creative solutions to help my clients solve their problems. I really enjoy client interaction.

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