If you’re an owner in the Northern Beltway or other property affected by the Map Act Corridor, know this:
The NC Department of Transportation is spending this with law firms to fight you:
$325/hour for attorneys at Smith Anderson. Their associates between $190-210. $170/hr for paralegals
$250/hour for attorneys at Teague Campbell. Associates paid $225. $125 for paralegals
$250-275 for Hartsell & Williams. $200 for associates. $110 for paralegals
In April and May the DOT paid $43,033 in attorney fees to Hartsel & Williams as well as $42,268 to Teague Campbell. We don’t know what Smith Anderson or Parker Poe charged for those two months.
Meantime, NC condemnation attorney, Matthew Bryant estimates the delays cost North Carolina $144,000 in interest per day.