David W. Murray

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Charlotte, North Carolina

David joined The Odom Firm in 2008 and has taken a leading role in the Firm's property and land law litigation practice.  David decided in law school that he wanted a large portion of his practice to be focused on assisting property owners, and he has always remained committed to working for property owners, often against the government.

David is actively engaged in all aspects of the Firm's property and land law practice, primarily representing property owners and businesses in land condemnation and eminent domain trial litigation, but also representing property owners and businesses in obtaining zoning permits and variances, litigating appeals before local boards, and resolving contract, covenant, and easement disputes.  Since the Firm maintains a personal injury trial practice, David often assists individuals who have been injured.

David has represented a broad spectrum of people and businesses in property related matters including: homeowners, places of worship, convenience store gas stations, restaurants (sit-down and fast food), farms, country clubs, subdivision developments, warehouses, small business owners, and hotels.  

David has been selected in the North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars list every year since 2015.  David has also served as the chair of the eminent domain section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice twice, in 2012 and 2017, and speaks nearly every year at the NCAJ convention or continuing legal education course on the topic of eminent domain and land condemnation.

David was born in Charlotte, grew up in Greenwood, SC, and graduated from high school in Hendersonville, NC.  While in law school, David completed a summer clerkship for the Honorable U.S. District Court Judge Frank D. Whitney.

Outside of his practice, David enjoys playing golf and tennis and snow skiing.  David studied for a summer semester in college at the Moscow Institute for International Relations (MGIMO) in Russia and enjoys traveling.

Representative Experience
Matters referenced do not represent the lawyer's entire record. The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicated upon a lawyer's past results.

Eminent Domain (NCDOT taking) - Represented property owner in NoDa neighborhood of Charlotte, NC, against NCDOT taking of partial access and right-of-way adjacent to a large warehouse.  Initial deposit by the NCDOT was $1,159,800, and the case settled for $2,252,750 (an increase of $1,092,950). (2017)

Eminent Domain (NCDOT taking) - Co-counsel for property owner in Mallard Creek area of Charlotte, NC, against NCDOT taking of partial access and right-of-way on undeveloped commercial property.  The initial deposit by the NCDOT was $319,325, and the case settled for $5,750,000 (an increase of $5,430,675). (2013)

Eminent Domain (Inverse Condemnation) - Obtained over $29,000 in costs and attorneys' fees for an inverse condemnation counterclaim against the NCDOT for owner of undeveloped commercial property.  The initial deposit by the NCDOT was $786,100, and the case settled for $1,995,000 (an increase of $1,208,900). (2013)

Eminent Domain (Lease Dispute) - Filed a separate lawsuit on behalf of café-style fast food restaurant client against landowner in order to obtain an abatement of rent pursuant to lease on property which was damaged as a result of City of Charlotte taking.  Settlement with landlord for a $511,250 abatement of rent. (2016)

Zoning - Obtained a decision from the City of Charlotte Zoning Board of Adjustment which reversed the Zoning Administrator's determination that a wrecker service client with outside storage was illegally operating a junkyard. (2011)

Rezoning - Obtained a rezoning of property in Mecklenburg County from residential to neighborhood services to allow for client to build a convenience store gas station with out-parcels for fast food restaurant and retail buildings. (2015)

Personal Injury - Obtained a settlement for an injured person in a car accident case that was approximately three times more than the injured person's medical bills after prevailing in a separate but related lawsuit involving the insurance coverage of the negligent driver which was affirmed by the Court of Appeals. (2012)

Areas of Practice

  • Eminent Domain
  • Land Condemnation
  • Inverse Condemnation
  • Land Use
  • Zoning
  • Civil Litigation
  • Appeals
  • Personal Injury

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 2010


  • North Carolina Central University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina
    • J.D. magna cum laude - May, 2008
    • Honors: Moot Court Board
    • Law Journal: Journal of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law, Executive Editor, 2007 - 2008
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • B.A. - May, 2005
    • Major: Political Science
    • Minor: History

Published Works

  • "Dollars and Sense: Recovering Costs in your Case", Trial Briefs, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, December, 2011


  • "Often Misunderstood: The Scope of the Project Rule and Project Influence", NCAJ Eminent Domain CLE, 2013
  • "Dollars and Sense: Recovering Costs in your Case", NCAJ Eminent Domain CLE, 2011
  • Eminent Domain Update, NCAJ, 2010 - Present
  • "Landlord/Tenant Issues: How much does the Tenant get?" and "New Cost Statute for Expert Witnesses", NCAJ Eminent Domain CLE, 2009
  • "North Carolina Public Use or Benefit", NCAJ Eminent Domain CLE, 2014
  • "Drafts, Depositions, and Discovery of Expert Appraisers", NCAJ Eminent Domain CLE, 2016

Honors and Awards

  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star, Eminent Domain, 2015 - 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Eminent Domain Section, Chair, 2011-2012, 2016-2017
  • Mecklenburg County Bar - Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, Bar Leadership Institute Committee Member, 2014 - Present
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute, Class of 2014
  • 26th Judicial Bar Candidates Committee, Member, 2015
  • Habitat Young Professionals of Charlotte, Chair, 2011 - 2012
  • Habitat for Humanity International, HYP Advisory Council Member, 2013 - 2016