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Kenneth Haywood’s practice focuses primarily on the areas of business law including mergers and acquisitions and real estate related areas including eminent domain, zoning and land use. As a Raleigh native, Kenneth has seen the growth of the region and city and has played an active role in his community serving as Chairman on the City of Raleigh Board of Adjustment (appointed by the City Council). This role equipped him with extensive knowledge and insight on issues impacting businesses and individuals in Wake County.


Kenneth has represented business owners in contract disputes, negotiations, employment matters, mergers and acquisitions and drafting contracts that protect their investment. He also has an extensive background in helping new businesses form the right legal entity to protect owners from legal liability.

In the area of eminent domain and land use, for over twenty-six years, he has represented clients in hundreds of land disputes and real estate title issues. In eminent domain cases, Kenneth’s clients include both property owners contesting the amount they have been offered for their property and governmental bodies acquiring land for a public purpose. This experience enables him to see both sides of these complex issues and uncover the most effective and efficient way to resolve them.

From small to large matters, Kenneth’s experience, combined with his business acumen, strategic approach and his ability to see the big picture for his clients, make him an obvious choice for many business owners or those facing land use or eminent domain issues.

Representative Cases

  • Town of Apex v. Beverly Rubin, 2018 N.C. App. LEXIS 1034
  • Town of Hertford v. Jessie L. Harris, 169 N.C. App. 838 (NC COA 2005)
  • Greene v. Hicks, 360 N.C. 63 (NC Supreme Court 2005)
  • Baker Construction Co, Inc v. City of Burlington & Hawthorne, LLC, 363 N.C. 800 (2010)


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston Salem, North Carolina J.D. – 1992
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina B.A. – 1989
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association, 1992 – Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Chair of Zoning, Planning and Land Use Section, 2010 – Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Vice Chair of Zoning, Planning and Land Use Section, 2009 – 2010
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Real Property Section
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Wake County Bar Association, 1992 – Present
  • Wake County Bar Association, Bench Bar Committee, 2001 – 2003, 2011-2012
  • Wake County Bar Association, Professionalism Committee, 2000 – 2003
  • Wake County Bar Association, Bar Candidate Interview Committee, 2011 – 2012
  • Wake County Real Property Lawyers Association, 1992 – Present
  • Wake County Real Property Lawyers Association, President, 2011 – 2012
  • Wake County Real Property Lawyers Association, Vice President, 2010 – 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubble, Peer Rating for High Professional Achievement
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