Womble Carlyle land use attorneys John Cooke and Mike Thelen present a series of short videos that address such topics as zoning, municipalities and land use, and the interpretation of zoning laws, particularly as these issues relate to North Carolina landowners and developers.

John Cooke has more than 30 years of experience in land use law and real estate litigation. Based in the Raleigh-Durham region, John practices throughout North Carolina. He represents all types of business clients - developers, end users and landowners - when they attempt to use their land or maximize its value through securing entitlements, forming public-private agreements or handling litigation.

Mike Thelen focuses his practice on land use, local government law and real estate development litigation, having handled rezoning, quasi-judicial proceedings before local governments, negotiation and drafting of development agreements, site plans, land use planning, eminent domain, construction and lien disputes, commercial landlord-tenant disputes, commercial foreclosure and loan litigation, partnership dissolution, business torts, and civil fraud matters. Mike practices in the firm’s Raleigh office.