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Johnston Allison & Hord Attorneys
Johnston Allison & Hord Attorneys
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
Michael J. Hoefling PARTNER
Tel: 704-998-2205 | Fax: 704-376-1628
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  • Commercial, Business, and Civil Litigation
  • Construction Litigation and Arbitration
  • Employment Litigation
  • Creditors' Rights Litigation


  • University of Notre Dame (J.D., 2008)
  • University of Notre Dame (Master of Arts, 2008)
  • University of Notre Dame (Master of Education, 2005)
  • University of Notre Dame (B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, magna cum laude, 2003)


  • North Carolina, 2008
  • All Federal and State Courts in North Carolina

Representative Transactions

  • Routinely represented local and national contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, owners, and developers in construction litigation, arbitrations, and mediations.
  • Obtained a $350K+ arbitration award on behalf of a national, residential developer concerning the deficient construction of a retaining wall by defendant subcontractor.
  • Successfully enforced restrictive covenants within employment agreements obtaining temporary restraining orders and injunctions against non-complying, former employees.
  • Represented financial institutions in suits and related proceedings concerning financial instruments, including notes, leases, guaranties, and security agreements.
  • U.S. Bank, N.A. v. Cuthbertson, 205 N.C. App. 324, 697 S.E.2d 526 (2010) (unpublished).  Successfully obtained a unanimous decision before the North Carolina Court of Appeals affirming the trial court's order granting our client equitable reformation of a deed of trust to pursue its foreclosure rights against the individual defendants.

Honors and Awards

  • North Carolina "Super Lawyers" Rising Star - General Litigation (2014-2018)
  • Business North Carolina "Legal Elite" - Young Guns (2016)
  • Business North Carolina "Legal Elite" - Construction (2015)
  • Graduate of Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute (2012)
  • Young Lawyer Liaison: Meritas Law Firms Worldwide

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Author, "Effects of Bankruptcy: Perspective of the Contractor and Subcontractor / Supplier." (North Carolina Bar Association – February, 2012)
  • Co-Author, "Construction Lien Law in North Carolina." (Lorman Education Services - August, 2012) 
  • Co-Author, "Bankruptcy, Lien Law, & The General Assembly: Then, Now, and the Future." (North Carolina Bar Association - September, 2012) 
  • Co-Author, "Navigating Amended Chapter 44A: Its Benefits and Pitfalls." (Paralegal Division Annual Meeting - May, 2013)
  • Co-Author, "Liens for Parties Not Dealing Directly with Owner." (Lorman Education Services - November, 2013)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Education Committee Chair / Young Lawyers Division (Mecklenburg County Bar)
    • Coordinator / Speaker: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Academic Internship Program
    • Mentor for "Lunch with a Lawyer" Program
  • Member, Board of Directors, Room at the Inn
  • United Way, Fundraising Representative
  • Vice President, St. Thomas More Society
  • Harris YMCA U-8 Basketball Coach