Overview

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 in land use and zoning matters, both at the early development and planning stage and in litigation.

Outside of the construction industry Jonathan has broad experience representing clients in various commercial, collection and insurance coverage 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

Representative Experience

Insurance Coverage/COVID-19 - Obtained full dismissal of COVID-19 business interruption coverage cases for a property insurer in two different federal district courts in NC. Motion to dismiss granted in both. See Julie's, Inc. v. Hanover, 2021 WL 5416685 and 2021 WL 2312532 (November 19, 2021, and June 7, 2021, M.D.N.C.), and JF Fitness of Richmond, LLC v. Nova Cas. Co., 2022 WL 831426 (March 18, 2022, E.D.N.C.)

Truck Accident/Wrongful Death/Bench Trial - In truck/motorcycle accident, conducted bench trial in federal district court in Raleigh, NC, and appealed adverse judgment to the Fourth Circuit. Successful settlement during appeal. See Carroll v. Oakley Trucking Co., 5:17 CV 357  (E.D.N.C. 2018)

Truck Accident/Traumatic Brain Injury – Obtained successful settlement of catastrophic truck accident case in federal district court in Charlotte, NC, after 18 depositions of fact and expert witnesses in OK, FL, AL, SC and NC and after multiple dispositive motions on punitive damages and other claims.  See Brown v. Celadon Trucking Services, 3:16 CV 00229 (W.D.N.C. 2017)

Recognitions

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch in Construction Law, 2023
  • Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers®, "Rising Stars" in Construction Litigation, 2019, 2020, 2022
  • Order of the Coif
  • North Carolina Law Review, Member

Media

  • "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. 

Admissions

  • 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
  • United 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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