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David Murray

Phone: (704) 377-7333
Fax: (704) 377-5747

Attorney David Murray Rated by Super Lawyers Rising Stars
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David joined The Odom Firm in 2008 and has taken a leading role in the firm's eminent domain and zoning law practice. As a property rights attorney, he has always remained committed to working for property owners, often against the government.

David primarily represents individuals and businesses in land condemnation and eminent domain trial litigation, but also in obtaining zoning permits and variances, litigating zoning appeals before local boards, and resolving contract, covenant, and easement disputes between landowners.

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, car sales lots, and hotels.

As a result of his eminent domain, land condemnation, land use and zoning work, David has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and the Super Lawyers publications.

David was born in Charlotte, grew up in Greenwood, SC, and graduated from high school in Hendersonville, NC. He met his wife in law school and they have one daughter.

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, 2008
    Moot Court Board
    Journal of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law, Executive Editor, 2007-2008
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, B.A., 2005
    Political Science Major

Honors and Awards

Reported Appellate Decisions

Classes/Seminars Presented

  • "Reviewing the Review Appraiser", NCAJ Eminent Domain CLE, 2018
  • "Practical Skills: Recognizing Water Issues and Responding to Them at Various Stages of a Case", NCAJ Eminent Domain CLE, 2017
  • "Drafts, Depositions, and Discovery of Expert Appraisers", NCAJ Eminent Domain CLE, 2016
  • "North Carolina Public Use or Benefit", NCAJ Eminent Domain CLE, 2014
  • "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
  • "Landlord/Tenant Issues: How Much Does the Tenant Get?" and "New Cost Statute for Expert Witnesses", NCAJ Eminent Domain CLE, 2009
  • Eminent Domain Update, NCAJ, 2010 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Eminent Domain Section, Chair, 2011-2012, 2016-2017
  • Mecklenburg County Bar - Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, Bar Leadership Institute Committee, 2014 - 2020
  • Mecklenburg County Bar - Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, Bar Leadership Institute Committee, Chair, 2019 - 2020
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Judicial Nominating Committee, 2020 - present
  • 26th Judicial Bar Candidates Committee, 2015
  • Habitat Young Professionals of Charlotte, Chair, 2011 - 2012
  • Habitat for Humanity International, HYP Advisory Council, 2013 - 2016


Each year, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly publishes an annual review of the top verdicts and settlements obtained in North Carolina. The Odom Firm’s $8,300,000 settlement with the City of Charlotte for the acquisition of land near the airport ra… Read More
The Odom Firm is proud to announce that attorney David Murray has been selected for inclusion in the 2021 North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars (under 40) list for his work in Eminent Domain law. This is David’s 7th year being selected to t… Read More
Tommy Odom, with former NC Supreme Court Justice Robert N. Hunter, Jr., has planned the NC Bar Association 2020 Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section CLE titled “COVID-19 v. The Constitution: The New Normal?” Tommy invites al… Read More
The Odom Firm has been awarded a Tier 1 ranking by U.S. News & World Report “Best Law Firms” for its Eminent Domain and Land Condemnation practice. This is the 12th year that the Firm has obtained a Tier 1 ranking. The Odom Firm remai… Read More
The Odom Firm’s team of David Murray, Tommy Odom, Keren Patrick and Andy Patrick participated in the annual “Clays for Conservation” tournament in Norwood, NC, which benefits the Catawba Lands Conservancy. While the team did not bri… Read More