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Practice Areas

Mr. Reaves has years of experience in representing real estate developers and owners in the resolution of land use, zoning, and permitting issues. His statewide practice encompasses all regulatory aspects of the acquisition and use of real property.


Joined Smith Anderson, 2008. Partner, Kennedy, Covington, Lobdell & Hickman, L.L.P. (now K&L Gates L.L.P.), 1995-2008; Poyner & Spruill, L.L.P. 1972-1995. Founding chair of the Zoning, Planning and Land Use Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. Featured speaker or moderator for the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Association of Defense Lawyers, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Urban Land Institute, and the Triangle Community Coalition. Selected, North Carolina Super Lawyers, Land Use/Zoning, 2007-19. Selected Woodward/White, Inc’s The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-19. Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated.

Professional Memberships

Admitted to all North Carolina State and Federal Courts, the U.S. Tax Court, the United State Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Member, North Carolina State Bar and the North Carolina Bar Association.


JD with honors, Order of the Coif, North Carolina Law Review, University of North Carolina 1972; A.B. Economics and Political Science, University of North Carolina 1969.