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Johnston Allison & Hord Attorneys
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Johnston, Allison & Hord
1065 East Morehead Street
Charlotte, NC 28204
704.332.1181    Fax: 704.376.1628
Greg C. Ahlum PARTNER
Tel: 704-998-2319 | Fax: 704-376-1628
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Greg Ahlum practices construction law (transactional and litigation), complex business litigation, real estate litigation, fiduciary litigation, and general commercial litigation.

In his construction law practice, Greg represents contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, owners and developers, and sureties.  Greg has represented clients from around the U.S. in their North Carolina construction projects.  His broad range of experience includes professional sports stadiums, high rise office towers, waste water treatment facilities, arena upfits, bridges, highways, underground utilities, mass transit, mixed-use development, apartments, retail, student housing, office parks, breweries, hospitals, and residential projects.  Greg is well known for his strategic approach to construction projects – from conception and contract negotiation, to managing risk and providing solutions during the project, and, if need be, handling disputes through mediation, litigation, or arbitration.  His construction practice includes:

• Contract negotiations
• Warranty and construction defects
• Payment disputes, liens and bonds
• Licensing
• Bid protests
• Delay and acceleration claims
• NCDOT claims
• State and local government construction procedures

Greg is a go-to lawyer on OSHA cases, having written the OSHA chapter in the North Carolina Bar’s Construction Law Desk Book.

With more than 30 years of experience in the courtroom, Greg’s adversarial practice has also spanned a broad range of complex real estate, fiduciary and business litigation, particularly involving disputes among shareholders, non-competes, and breach of contract.  Greg is in the courtroom several times a month with a focus to get the case in the best position for his clients.  Greg is certified as a Superior Court Mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission.


  • Construction and Surety Law
  • Commercial, Business and Civil Litigation
  • Construction Litigation and Arbitration
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Real Estate, Lien and Title Claims Litigation
  • OSHA


  • Wake Forest University (J.D. cum laude, 1987)
  • Wake Forest University (B.S. cum laude, 1984)


  • North Carolina, 1987

Representative Transactions

  • Represents companies and individuals in civil and commercial litigation, including breach of contract actions, covenants not to compete, real property and title disputes, shareholder disputes, business torts, UCC matters, administrative hearing and defense of OSHA citations.
  • Represents contractors, owners, subcontractors, suppliers and sureties in construction litigation, mediation and arbitration.
  • Advises and represents contractors, owners, subcontractors, suppliers and sureties regarding licensing, bid protests, OSHA, contract negotiations, mechanics’ liens, payment and performance bond claims, construction defects, mold claims, construction loan issues and claims and disputes.
  • Serves as Mediator and Arbitrator of disputes and civil actions.

Honors and Awards

  • Chambers USA recognized attorney in Construction Law (2019)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers- Construction Litigation (2008-2019)
  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America - Construction Law and Litigation - Construction sections (2008-2019)
  • Business North Carolina "Legal Elite" - Construction Law (2003-2019)
  • Chambers USA ranked attorney for Litigation (2016-2018)
  • Top 100 Attorneys in North Carolina (2012)
  • Member, Wake Forest Law Review (1985-1986)
  • Notes and Comments Editor, Wake Forest Law Review (1986-1987)
  • Certified Mediator and Arbitrator
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Publications & Presentations

  • “North Carolina Construction Law: Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina,” 2010 Construction Law Deskbook
  • “North Carolina Mechanics’ Liens,” NC Bar Association
  • “Negotiating Contracts for General Contractors,” NC Bar Association
  • “North Carolina OSHA”
  • Frequent lecturer on OSHA, Lien and Bond Law, Construction Law

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Construction Law Section Council
    • Lien Law Revisions Committee
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association

Community Involvement 

  • Past Board of Directors, Camp Thunderbird
  • Past Board of Directors Member, A Child’s Place
  • Past Board of Directors Herring Ridge/Camp Morrison
  • Coached Myers Park Little Leauge Baseball
  • Coached South Park Pop Warner Football

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