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Johnston, Allison & Hord
1065 East Morehead Street
Charlotte, NC 28204
704.332.1181    Fax: 704.376.1628
B. David Carson PARTNER
Tel: 704-998-2214 | Fax: 704-376-1628
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  • Construction Law
  • Construction Litigation
  • Commercial Civil Litigation


  • University of North Carolina (J.D. 1988)
  • University of Notre Dame (B.A., cum laude, 1985)


  • North Carolina, 1988
  • U S District Court for North Carolina – All Districts

Representative Transactions

  • Successfully represented irrigation supply company in prosecuting lien claim against multiple owners, developing two golf courses
  • Represented site work contractor defending serious alleged OSHA violations and negotiated resolution
  • Represented public school entity in multi-prime litigation, involving various performance and payment bond claims
  • Effectively represented subcontractor against various contractors, sureties and owner in complex, uptown development.
  • Successfully asserted claims of lien on behalf of subcontractor involving bankruptcy estate of a general contractor, in the construction of an uptown hotel.
  • Defended surety on various performance bond claims involving multi-prime litigation on university/public project.
  • Defended design defect claim against design professional on a commercial project.

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law (2018, 2019)
  • North Carolina Bar Association- Construction Section Council, Immediate Past Chair
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite - Construction (2006-2011, 2013-2014, 2016 - 2018)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers - Construction Litigation (2011 - 2018)
  • Super Lawyers Top 100 North Carolina (2016, 2017)
  • University of North Carolina Order of the Coif 1988
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Publications & Presentations

  • Moderator, Construction Lien Law in North Carolina - Lorman Education Services (November 2013)
  • Featured Speaker, "Contract Law & Risk Management - NC Lien and Bond Law Update" at the NC Indian Economic Development Initiative (NCEDI) (August 2013)
  • Featured Speaker, "Navigating Amended Chapter 44A: Its Benefits and Pitfalls" at the NCBA Paralegal Division Annual Meeting (May 2013)
  • Panelist, "Legal Issues Impacting Minority Contractors" at the United Minority Contractors of North Carolina Annual Meeting (April 2013)
  • Panelist, "Recent Changes to Lien & Bond Law" at the NC State Construction Conference (March 2013)
  • Featured Speaker, "Construction Law 2013: Practice Smarter, Not Harder!" NCBA (February 2013)
  • Speaker, Lien Law Presentation - Charlotte School of Law - NCBA (December 2012)
  • Joint Construction Symposium - Marsh & McLennan/Johnston, Allison & Hord (October 2012)
  • Speaker, Forum on Major Changes to North Carolina Lien & Bond Laws- presented by Johnston, Allison & Hord (October 2012)
  • Featured Speaker, Bankruptcy, Lien Law and the General Assembly (September 2012)
  • Featured Speaker, Double Payment Lien & Bond Law - Carolinas Association of General Contractors (CAGC) (August, September and October 2012 presentations)
  • Featured Speaker, Construction Lien Law in North Carolina - Lorman Education Services (August 2012)
  • Featured Speaker, Effects of Bankruptcy: Perspective of the Contractor and Subcontractor/Supplier - NCBA (February 2012)
  • Featured Speaker, Construction Lien Law in North Carolina, Lorman Educational Services (2000-2011)
  • Featured Speaker, Construction Litigation CLE - Mecklenburg County Bar (2011)
  • Featured Speaker, State Construction Conference (2011)
  • Author, "Tips for the Subcontractor/Supplier Concerning Fact Gathering and Contractual Provisions that will Benefit it in the Lien Claim/Collection Process" Carolina Subcontractor (March 2010)
  • Liens or Real Property for Parties Dealing Directly with Owner, Seminar for TAC, now Schneider Electric (2009)
  • Featured Speaker, Lien on Me - North Carolina Bar Association (2007)

Professional Affiliations

  • Chapter Attorney for the North Carolina Subcontractors Alliance (NCSCA) 2015-2017
  • Adjunct Professor at Charlotte School of Law, Interviewing, Counseling & Negotiation, 2013
  • North Carolina Bar Association -- Construction Section
    • Construction Section Council, Immediate Past Chair
    • Construction Section Council, Chair, 2017 - 2018
    • Construction Section Council, Vice-Chair, 2016 - 2017
    • Construction Section Ethics and Legislative Affairs Committee Member, 2014-present
    • Construction Section CLE Committee Co-Chair, 2014 - 2016
    • Construction Section - United Minority Contractors of North Carolina Joint Liaison Committee Chair, 2012-2014
    • Lien and Bond Law Revision Committee, 2010-2014
    • Joint Committee Carolinas Association of General Contractors (AGC) and North Carolina Bar Association, 2002-2003
    • Lien Law Revisions Committee, 2001-2005
    • Construction Section Secretary, 2000-2001
    • Construction Section Treasurer, 1998-1999
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • National Subcontractors Alliance (NSA), Member, Attorneys Council
  • American Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Notre Dame Club of Charlotte Board Member
  • Coached youth basketball teams, St. John's Lutheran Church
  • Coached Dilworth Little League

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