David P. Ferrell

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David P. Ferrell

David is a partner with Vandeventer Black LLP in Raleigh and concentrates his practice in civil matters including civil litigation, professional liability defense, title insurance, cooperative and public utilities, eminent domain, administrative and regulatory, legislative representation, business, and construction litigation. He serves as Department Manager of the firm’s Raleigh office. David represents architects, engineers, project owners, contractors, and liability carriers in a variety of construction, professional liability, insurance coverage, title insurance, employment and contract disputes, as well as in other matters. His practice is broad in scope and includes mediation, arbitration and litigation in state and federal courts. His civil litigation and business law practices include representing businesses in construction and lien matters, employment law litigation, business disputes and collections. David’s 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; as well as representing state licensing boards as general counsel. He also serves as legal counsel to North Carolina business and trade associations.

David represents electric cooperatives, municipal electric systems, and other utilities in various matters, including right-of-way acquisition, eminent domain, and general liability matters. He represents clients before the North Carolina Utilities Commission and other regulatory agencies.  He also represents landowners faced with condemnation by state DOT projects. David works closely with engineers, appraisers and surveyors in these matters. He has lectured on right-of-way acquisition and condemnation law at various seminars and continuing education programs. 

David leads Vandeventer Black’s Government Relations Practice in North Carolina. He has experience in state, local and executive branch lobbying, grass roots campaigns and regulatory compliance. His government relations experience includes a diverse group of clients and a wide range of issues, which has allowed him to appear in and monitor legislation in most of the standing legislative committees and interim study committees. David is active in various legislative and lobbying organizations.

He earned B.A. degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a J.D. from Campbell University School of Law. David is  admitted to practice in North Carolina, the U. S. District Court, the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

David is a member of the North Carolina Land Title Association, North Carolina Electric Membership Corporations’ Counsel Association, serves on the Professionalism and Bench/Bar Committees of the Wake County Bar Association, and is a mediator and member of the Fee Dispute Resolution Committee of the Tenth Judicial District Bar. He is a fellow of the Washington D.C. Institute of Professional Leadership, Education Policy Fellowship Program. David is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the March of Dimes, Eastern North Carolina. 


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