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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
R. Susanne Todd PARTNER
Tel: 704-998-2306 | Fax: 704-376-1628
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Prior to joining the firm, Susanne was an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Charlotte. In this capacity, Susanne represented the City in both condemnation litigation and commercial real estate transactions. Now in private practice, Susanne continues to use her over 20 years of condemnation experience to assist property owners in their claims against various condemning authorities such as the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), the City of Charlotte and utility companies such as Piedmont Natural Gas and AT&T. Susanne also represents private property owners in land use matters including rezonings, variances, road right of way abandonments, construction permitting and tax appeals. Over the years, Susanne has spoken to local, national and even international organizations on topics such as eminent domain and property asset management issues.


  • Eminent Domain / Condemnation / Inverse Condemnation
  • Rezoning, Land Use and Permitting
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Property Tax Appeal


  • Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D. 1989)
  • Wake Forest University (B.A. 1986)


  • North Carolina, 1989


  • Fluent in German

Representative Transactions

  • Represented and protected the interests of property owners or tenants in condemnation and inverse condemnation actions involving a variety of property types and businesses including industrial sites, car dealership, fast food restaurants, drug stores, strip center and golf courses.
  • Assisted owners and developers in the rezoning of property and obtaining of entitlements to allow for development and construction of a variety of commercial projects including a flagship branch bank, nightclub, solar farm, apartment complex and medical facility.
  • Represented both commercial and residential owners in the appeal of the assessed tax value of their property, resulting in reductions and annual tax savings.
  • Worked to successfully appeal a decision by local government that air rights create horizontal lot lines subject to North Carolina State Building Code requirements by putting together a presentation for the North Carolina Building Code Council which subsequently determined that horizontal lot lines are not contemplated by the North Carolina Building Code, said ruling allowing the continued construction of the mixed- use development.
  • Successfully represented the City of Charlotte in the landmark condemnation case, City of Charlotte v. Cook, 348 N.C. 222, 498 S.E.2d 605 (1998).
  • Successfully represented the City of Charlotte in the inverse condemnation case, Morvan v. City of Charlotte, 161 N.C. App. 547, 588 S.E.2d 585, 2003 N.C. App. Lexis 2150 (unpublished opinion).

Publications & Presentations

  • "Temporary Takings", North Carolina Advocates for Justice (2013)
  • "Voire Dire, Openings Statements and Closing Arguments- Making Them Memorable", North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (2007)
  • "Tales from the Dark Side"- Condemnation Round Table NC Bar Association (2005)
  • "Acquisition of a Rail Corridor" International Right of Way Association (1998)

Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
    • Secretary, Eminent Domain Section (2019-present)
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)

Community Involvement

  • Member, Fund Development Committee, Mecklenburg County Bar Foundation 2012
  • President, Board of Governors, Providence Country Club, 2010
  • Board of Governors, Providence Country Club, 2007-2011